Turkey: Press freedom is essential for democracy, set journalism free!

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Turkey experienced a bloody coup attempt on July 15 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) unreservedlyOpens external link in new window 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. 90 journalists are in jail and more than 130 media have been banned since mid-July. 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 EFJ and the IFJ have been monitoring the situation regarding detained/arrested journalists and press freedom violations since 15 July. A list of detained journalists is available Opens external link in new windowhere, and all the alerts submitted to the Council of Europe platform for the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists, Opens external link in new windowhere.

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 Opens external link in new windowwe 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 by the Italian and the Norwegian affiliates. 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.

More activities, also together with like-wise organisations including the ETUC, RsF, Index for Censorship, ECPMF, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and others will be proposed soon.

So far we have received suppport from the following affiliates:Opens external link in new window SBJ (Bulgaria),Opens external link in new window NUJ (United-Kingdom), Opens external link in new windowSNJ/Opens external link in new windowSNJ-CGT (France), Opens external link in new windowImpressum (Switzerland),Opens external link in new window FNSI (Italy), IAGJ (Georgia), Tunisia, Opens external link in new windowJournalistförbundet (Sweden, Denmark), Opens external link in new windowFAPE (Spain), Opens external link in new windowDJV (Germany), Sinos (Serbia), MediaSind (Romania), BHJA (Bosnia), Opens external link in new windowHND (Croatia), Opens external link in new windowAJM (Macedonia), (JAJ) Israel, Opens external link in new windowFairPress.eu, 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 EFJ/IFJ affiliates and partners to help the Turkish colleagues by:

  • Sending a letter to the Turkish ambassador in your country and/or your national government Initiates file download (Initiates file downloadsample 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 Opens external link in new window“Did you know? Journalism is not a crime” #JournalismIsNotACrime
  • Follow our updates on Opens external link in Opens external link in new windowTwitter and Opens external link in new windowFacebook
  • Sign up our campaign in Opens external link in new windowLabour Start 

Join the IFJ-EFJ solidarity campaign with the Turkish journalists now! 

 

CONTACT US

For any further inquiries, please contact the IFJ Communication and Campaigns Department (EN/FR/ES).

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For more information, please contact IFJ on + 32 2 235 22 16

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