EFJ Urges Turkey: Free Jailed Journalists

IFJ-TurkeyIn its press release, the European Federation of Journalists demands that journalists currently in jail in Turkey must be set free immediately if the movement towards key changes in the country’s constitution is to deliver promises of democracy and freedom.

The EFJ has joined its affiliate, the Turkish Journalists Union (TGS), in a call for the immediate and unconditional release of more than 40 journalists jailed in Turkey who they say are in prison for nothing more than doing their job.

The Turkish journalists currently in prison are awaiting trial on charges of violating the Turkish penal code or anti-terror laws through their work as journalists. In addition, over 700 Turkish journalists are facing law suits, with the threat of imprisonment.

The TGS has already joined forces with 18 other journalists’ organisations to establish the Freedom for Journalists Platform to monitor issues concerning the freedom of journalists on 25 August. A council of law will be set up to review judicial cases concerning press freedom in Turkey.

With the strong support of the EFJ Steering Committee, the EFJ has launched this campaign.

 Please join the campaign now by sending the the electronic petition to the Prime Minister of Turkey, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. All you need to do is to visit the EFJ campaign page at: http://www.ifj.org/en/pages/set-turkish-journalists-free and click “send”.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us in the EFJ office.

With Kind Regards,

Renate Schroeder,
EFJ Co-Director.

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