EDM tabled in UK parliament expresses ‘concern’ about state censorship and arrests in Turkey

An early day motion (EDM) has been tabled in the UK parliament calling for the release of Turkish journalists arrested in the latest police crackdown on the press. You can encourage your MP to sign the EDM by writing to them with your own message, or you can use our model letter which you can download here.

Early Day Motion 719: Restrictions On Press Freedom In Turkey

That this House is concerned about widespread reports of state censorship, and the firing, imprisonment and wiretapping of journalists in Turkey; notes that about 20 journalists were arrested in a series of dawn raids in Turkey in mid-December 2014; further notes that one of the journalists arrested in December, television presenter Sedef Kabas, is facing a prison sentence of up to five years for a tweet about a corruption probe involving high profile names; welcomes the statement by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and the EU Commissioner for Enlargement Negotiations that the latest crackdown is against the European values and standards Turkey aspires to be part of; calls on Turkish authorities to remove the travel bans imposed on the journalists, drop all criminal charges against them and release all other journalists behind bars in the country; and further calls on Ministers in the UK Government to raise these concerns with their counterparts in Turkey.

Sponsors: Clwyd, Ann/ Osborne, Sandra / Corbyn, Jeremy / Farrelly, Paul / Durkan, Mark / Russell, Bob    /   House of Commons: 21.01.2015

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Petitions for Turkey’s oppressed lawyers and journalists

This week we received information about two important petitions that need your support.

The first is a Change.org petition for Selçuk Kozağaçlı and his colleagues at the Progressive Lawyers’ Association in Turkey who have been in detention without bail since their arrest in January this year:

AVUKATIM/MESLEKTAŞIM DERHÂL SERBEST BIRAKILSIN! RELEASE MY LAWYER/COLLEAGUE RİGHT NOW!
Read more about the arrests here

The second calls for justice for journalists in Turkey and is one the European Federation of Journalists’ (EFJ) many efforts in the last two years to oppose government repression of journalists and media workers in Turkey:

Justice for Journalists in Turkey
Journalists are not terrorists. The justice system in Turkey has failed its journalists.
To find out more about theEFJ’s Set Journalists Free in Turkey campaign, go to their website.

Please sign the petitions and share widely!

Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) launched an international campaign to set free all journalists in Turkey. Here is the latest update.

Latest News

  • 10 July 2013 – The Gezi protests have shown the rampant institutional bias in Turkey’s media which now leaves little room for facts, by Burcu Baykurt in LSE
  • 10 July 2013 – Female journalist Zeynep Kuray not to get Alpi Award in Italy because of judicial travel ban, ANSA
  • 10 July 2013 – Turkey: End police violence against journalists. (DE, FR, TR), by Sedat Erdin in Hürriyet
  • 8 July 2013 – 13 reporters have been injured and 2 arrested, Bianet in Turkish
  • 8 July 2013 – Turkey police arrest 59 protesters (12 journalists), Voice of Russia
  • 8 July 2013 – Council of Europe: Turkey: police violence must not go unpunished, Council of Europe
  • 5 July 2013 – Plus de 60 journalistes emprisonnés, par Patrick Kamenka dans Humanité Dimanche (PDF)
  • 4 July 2013 – Journalistes derrière les barreaux, par François Janne d’Othée dans Afrique Asie (PDF)
  • 4 July 2013 – The Government of Poland and the MFA are concerned about the violence that occurred in Istanbul, Anna Sochanska in a letter to the President of EFJ
  • 2 July 2013 – Turkeyh : Press freedom fight continues as media crackdown escalates, in EFJ Focus newsletter

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Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

Below is an update from the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) international campaign to set free all journalists in Turkey.

Latest News

  • 02 July 2013 – List of international and Turkish journalists and photographers injured during the Gezi Park events in Istanbul (soon available in English / in Turkish)
  • 30 June 2013 – Ground Zero – Turkey : Journalist Tim Pool’s first assignment was to do a live stream of the protests against the construction of a mall in Gezi Park (video)
  • 28 June 2013 – Lettre d’AVOCATS.BE à M. Erdogan, Premier ministre de la République de Turquie, au sujet de la situation des avocats en Turquie, in full here (Fr) (PDF)
  • 26 June 2013 – UK Parliament, Early Day Motion : Attacks On Media Freedoms In Turkey, by MP Jeremy  Corbyn e.a.
  • 25 June 2013 – Beviser plantet mod journalist (in Danish), by Esben Ørberg
  • 17 June 2013 – Der Deutsche Journalisten-Verband hat gegen die Medienhetze des türkischen Ministerpräsidenten Recep Tayyip Erdogan protestiert, in full here
  • 17 June 2013 Journalists Call for International Action to End Crackdown on Media in Turkey – Join the Action Now!
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Set Journalists Free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) pursues its international campaign to Set Free Journalists in Turkey.

Please find below the latest news on the matter: the last week has been eventful in Turkey with the clashes on May day, the many activities focusing on Turkey on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May as well as the latest developments in the KCK and Ergenekon cases.

  •  10 May 2013 – EFJ urges authorities to free journalists in Ergenekon court hearing, EFJ website
  • 7 May 2013 – Police violence against journalists covering dispersal of protesters, Reuters
  • 6 May 2013 – Picture gallery of Kite Flying for World Press Freedom Day in Turkey, EFJ website
  • 3 May 2013 – BBC Turkey report for World Press Freedom DayBBC

Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) pursues its international campaign to Set Free Journalists in Turkey.

Please find below the latest  news on the matter; note also that today the latest hearing in the KCK case in Istanbul takes place. EFJ is there observing the trial. You can find in-depth information following the link of 19 April. This Friday, a press conference at AJP in Brussels with observers who have been to Istanbul will report on the case.

·         19 April 2013 – KCK Press case: Set our colleagues free, says EFJ, EFJ website
·         18 April 2013 – European Parliament approves 2012 Turkey progress report, EP website
·         15 April 2013 – Tweeting Turkish pianist given sentence for blasphemy, Can Sezer/Ece Toksabay
·         8 April 2013 – Turkey peace talks positive; press freedom still in peril, Özgür Öğret
·         27 March 2013 – “Decriminalize dissent” – Amnesty International report
·         26 March 2013 – After 743 in prison still no freedom for Yalçin Küçük, EFJ website

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Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) pursues its international campaign to Set Free Journalists in Turkey.

Please find below the latest  news on the matter; including in-depth eye-witness accounts of last Thursday’s (21 March) Odatv hearing in Istanbul.

26 March 2013 – After 743 in prison still no freedom for Yalçin Küçük, EFJ website

19 March 2013 – New OdaTV trial hearing on Thursday 21 March, EFJ website

18 March 2013 – Magazine staff arrested in Turkey, Elif Akgül, Bianet

13 March 2013 – Journalist prosecuted twice under Article 301 for comment on Armenia, Bianet

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Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) pursues its international campaign to Set Free all Journalists in Turkey.

Please find below the latest  news on the matter.

1 March 2013 – Union thanks chancellor for having stood up for Turkish imprisoned journalists, DJV website (in DE)
·         26 Feb 2013 – Özlem Agus has been released from prison after 10 months, Bianet (in TR and here in EN)
·         25 Feb 2013 – French Senator Billout speaks at OSCE session on Turkish press freedom, Billout website (in FR)
·         22 Feb 2013 – German union demands ahead of Turkey visit for chancellor to stand up for journalists, DJV website (in DE)
·         21 Feb 2013 – EFJ fears fight against free unions in Turkey growing issue after raids of Workers union, EFJ website

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Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

Below is the latest news from the European Federation of Journalists’ (EFJ) international campaign to set free all journalists in Turkey.

08 Feb 2013 – 7 Media Staff Freed Pending Trial in KCK Case, Bianet

05 Feb 2013 – EFJ President König reports on the latest hearing in KCK case,  EFJ website (click here for Spanish)

05 Feb 2013 – Turkey Cannot Defend Record On Press Freedom, Kadri Gürsel / Al Monitor

01 Feb 2013 – The EU or the Middle East, where goes Turkey ? Jan Espen Kruze / NRK (video report)

01 Feb 2013 – German MP, Hakki Keskin, writes an open letter to the Turkish PM,  (full letter in DOC)

31 Jan 2013 – Conflating critics with terrorists in Turkey / CPJ

Upcoming events:

18 Feb in Istanbul : next hearing in Ergenekon case

21 March in Istanbul : next hearing in OdaTV case

22-26 April in Istanbul : next hearings in KCK press case

 

Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

Below is the latest update from the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) international campaign to set free all journalists in Turkey.

30 Jan 2013 – RSF’s World Press Freedom Index 2013 : Turkey ranks 154th ! (full report in PDF)

30 Jan 2013 – RSF : Dashed hopes after spring

28 Jan 2013 – Turkey our neighbour, Robert Ellis / New Europe

28 Jan 2013 – Turkey: the worst jailer of journalists, Marjorie Hache / RFI (radio)