Ongoing concerns about media freedom violations in Turkey
• The general elections in Turkey held in early June were particularly tense and difficult for local and international journalists based in the country. The IFJ/EFJ expressed concerns over the state of press freedom in the country before and after the vote through publications and reports denouncing media freedom violations. All cases have also been reported by the organisations to the Council of Europe’s platform for protection and safety of journalists.
- before elections: http://europeanjournalists.org/blog/2015/06/01/growing-pressure-on-journalists-in-turkey-before-the-elections/
- after elections: http://europeanjournalists.org/blog/2015/06/11/attacks-on-physical-integrity-of-journalists-continue-in-turkey/
- CoE platform : http://www.coe.int/en/web/media-freedom/
• Special edition newsletter on Turkey The IFJ and the EFJ published a special edition newsletter with updates on campaign activities in Turkey and the press freedom situation on the ground. The edition addresses the new recruitment strategy developed by the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS, an IFJ/EFJ affiliate), the situation of press freedom on the ground, a solidarity campaign to free imprisoned journalists, post-Charlie Hebdo censorship cases and the press trial reports by the international observers.
According to latest figures published by the TGS, 20 journalists remain behind bars in Turkey. Read the special edition here: http://europeanjournalists.org/?wysija-page=1&controller=email&action=view&email_id=5
Read more about the campaign: http://europeanjournalists.org/campaigns/turkey-set-journalists-free/