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Turkey

Persecution of journalists must end


The European Parliament will today debate the situation of journalists in Turkey. Commenting ahead of the debate Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said:

“The situation of journalists in Turkey, which was bad before the coup, intensifies day by day.

"Thousands of journalists have been dismissed, one hundred press and media companies closed, and over a hundred journalists imprisoned. The internationally renowned journalists and authors Ahmet and Mehmet Altan are an example of this persecution. They were surprisingly accused of being the masterminds behind the coup and are being detained, with very limited rights. The cases of the writer Nasli Erdogan and the authors Sahin and Necmiye Alpay are similarly startling.

“Journalism is not a crime and diversity of opinion is a condition for democracy. We demand that the Turkish government end the arbitrary persecution of journalists in Turkey.”

Green EU-Turkey relations spokesperson Bodil Valero added:

“Violating freedom of speech and freedom of the press is unacceptable. With the situation of journalists in Turkey having deteriorated ever since the attempted coup d'état this summer, it is more important than ever that we give our full support to independent media in Turkey. The Turkish government must restore press freedom and end its persecution of journalists critical of the current regime."

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The "Platform for Independent Journalism" (P24) has published a list of persecuted and imprisoned journalists: http://platform24.org/en/about-us

Turquía

La persecución de periodistas debe terminar


 

El Parlamento Europeo debatirá hoy la situación de los periodistas en Turquía. En declaraciones previas al debate, el diputado de los Verdes/ALE, y miembro de la Comisión Parlamentaria de Cooperación UE-Turquía, Ernest Maragall ha dicho:

"La situación de los periodistas en Turquía ha sufrido un duro revés tras el fallido golpe de estado. Miles de periodistas han sido despedidas, un centenar de empresas y medios de comunicación han sido cerrados, y más de un centenar de periodistas han sido encarcelados. Periodistas de renombre internacional y escritores, como los hermanos Ahmet y Mehmet Altan, acusados ​​de ser los autores intelectuales del golpe de estado, son un ejemplo de esta persecución. Casos como el de la escritora Aslı Erdoğan y las autoras Şahin y Necmiye Alpay son igualmente preocupantes.

El periodismo no es un delito y la libertad de opinión y expresión son una condición sine qua non de la democracia. Exigimos que el gobierno turco ponga fin a la persecución arbitraria de periodistas en Turquía.”

 

La "Plataforma de Periodismo Independiente" (P24) ha publicado la lista completa de periodistas perseguidos y encarcelados en Turquía: http://platform24.org/en