Turkey: Press freedom is essential for democracy, set journalism free!
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Turkey experienced a bloody coup attempt on 15 July 2016 killing more than 250 people and targeting basic democratic institutions like the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM).
The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ-EFJ) unreservedly condemn the coup and the use of force against citizens, journalists and media companies.
The failed coup was followed by a state of emergency and excessive and indiscriminate measures to purge all individuals believed to be connected to the attempt. The Turkish authorities are now jailing journalists, shutting down radio and TV channels and censoring internet in an attempt to silence criticism. 122 journalists are in jail and over 150 media have been banned since mid-July. More than 2,500 journalists have lost their jobs and arrest warrants have been issued for dozens of media workers. Some families of journalists, who are in hiding or have fled, have been arrested to force them to surrender.
Media workers, journalists and press freedom campaigners all over the world have joined protests calling for the release of all jailed journalists in Turkey. Press freedom is essential for democracy, we demand Turkey sets the journalists free! Journalism is not a crime - Gazetecilik suç degildir !
THE IFJ-EFJ CAMPAIGN
The IFJ and the EFJ have been monitoring the situation regarding detained/arrested journalists and press freedom violations since 15 July. A list of detained journalists is available here, and all the alerts submitted to the Council of Europe platform for the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists, here.
As part of our campaign we have provided support to our affiliates in Turkey who are fighting to maintain their rights and freedoms day in day out. We have assisted with solidarity missions, financial support for those facing poverty or oppression and we have been observers at trials. We continue to lobby national and international institutions to demand the release of all journalists and the re-opening of media.
Affiliated unions have lobbied Turkish embassies in their countries as well as raising the issue with government ministers. Action have already been taken in Italy, Norway, the UK and some other countries. Both unions met their Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paolo Gentiloni and Børge Brende, and called on their government to take concrete actions in order to ensure democracy and the respect of fundamental rights in Turkey.
The campaign has already been supported by the following affiliates: SBJ (Bulgaria), NUJ (United-Kingdom), SNJ/SNJ-CGT (France), Impressum (Switzerland), FNSI (Italy), IAGJ (Georgia), Tunisia, Journalistförbundet (Sweden, Denmark), FAPE (Spain), DJV (Germany), Sinos (Serbia), MediaSind (Romania), BHJA (Bosnia), HND (Croatia), AJM (Macedonia), Nepal (NPU), Mongolia (CMJ).
The IFJ along with all its members remains committed to delivering professional and trade union solidarity to all journalists.
HOW TO HELP?
We invite IFJ/EFJ affiliates and partners to help our Turkish colleagues by:
- Sending a letter to the Turkish ambassador in your country and/or your national government (sample letters enclosed)
- Sending a contribution to the IFJ Safety Fund in order to support individual requests from Turkey (Bank account BE64 2100 7857 0052; Swift Code GEBABEBB; communication “Solidarity Turkey”)
- Sharing in your social media and website the visual “Did you know? Journalism is not a crime” #JournalismIsNotACrime
- Follow our updates on Twitter and Facebook
Join the IFJ-EFJ solidarity campaign with the Turkish journalists now!
For any further inquiries, please contact the IFJ Communication and Campaigns Department (EN/FR/ES).communications(at)ifj(dot)org
For more information, please contact IFJ on + 32 2 235 22 16
The IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 140 countries