IFJ World Congress approves urgent motion on the events in Turkey

The World Congress of the IFJ, meeting in Dublin, have approved the following motion:

Proposed by AGJPB-ABVV (Belgium), the Basin-Sen (Cyprus), the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), the SNJ-CGT (France), USJ-CFDT (France), the SNJ (France) The RFJ MediaSind (Romania), the FNSI (Italy), SJF (Sweden), FAPE (Spain), CCOO (Spain), FeSP (Spain), SJP (Portugal), the Syndicom (Switzerland), the SSNM (Macedonia), AJI (Indonesia), the MAV (Vanuatu), the UJF (Finland), the NJ (Norway), DJU in verdi (Germany)

The World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists, meeting in Dublin (Ireland), from 4 to 7 June 2013,

deploring the disproportionate use of force, the massive use of tear gas, the use of armored vehicles to smash the barricades, firing grenades at stretched height, the firing targeted by water cannons which started on the 28th of May 2013 by the security forces in Turkey against peaceful demonstrators of # occupygezi movement mobilized in Taksim (Istanbul) and elsewhere in the country to defend the preservation of Gezi Park

condemning the targeted firing of teargas by police in Istanbul specifically targeting journalists in print and broadcast media (including Ahmet Shik, Ismail Afacan, Selçuk Samioglu) busy covering the events that have been seriously injured in exercise of the profession,

also condemned the verbal intimidation and damages caused to the equipment of journalists committed by some demonstrators, while complaining about the lack of media coverage by the Turkish national press, who wrongfully target some Turkish journalists working for media considered favorable to the government,

wondering about the comments made by the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the impact of social networks like Twitter considered as a "threat to society"

recalling Articles 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees freedom of opinion and expression and freedom of peaceful assembly and association,

welcoming the international campaign in support of journalists in Turkey conducted by the European Federation of Journalists,

requests the Executive Committee:

- to question the Turkish government on the events, demanding the immediate release of all journalists put in custody during these protests and drop all possible legal action against them,
- to remind the Turkish government that the Turkish people have a right to information and to use any means of communication, including Twitter, to express their demands in a peaceful manner,
- to question the representatives of the movement # occupygezi to invite them to ensure the safety and independence of journalists
- to provide the necessary support to the EFJ to continue and intensify the campaign in support of imprisoned journalists in Turkey,
- to convey the message of solidarity of the World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) to journalists working in Turkey victims of police repression