Turkish Authorities Attack TGS, the Largest IFJ and EFJ Affiliate in the Country

Türkiye Gazeteciler

Sendikasi (TGS), the largest IFJ and EFJ affiliate in the country, is playing a leading role in the Press Freedom Forum, the campaign

to release over 100 journalists currently in jail in Turkey.

They report that the General Manager of the Anatolian Press Agency

(the state news agency), who is directly appointed by the government, has

recently been driving attempts to force the agency's journalists to resign from

the TGS. The Anatolian Press Agency (Anadolu Ajans?) is the largest employer of

TGS members and their membership is of crucial importance to the success of the

union's work of defending journalists' rights.

Jim Boumelha, President of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Arne König,

President of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) wrote to Štefan

Füle, Commissioner for

Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy.They denounce the recent developments that appear to demonstrate a concerted effort

by the Turkish authorities to attack TGS.

Read the letter.


Update: The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC),

which represents 175 million workers through its 305 affiliated

organisations support the EFJ and the IFJ by sending a letter to Turkish

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Read this letter