EFJ Condemns New Wave of Repression, Arrests of Journalists in Turkey

Today the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

condemned the arrest of 38 journalists in Turkey, after a massive police

operation that took place yesterday (see full list below).

"We are shocked by the scale of this latest example

of state repression against journalists in Turkey" said EFJ President Arne

König. "It shows again that despite public declarations about democratic

standards by the Turkish authorities, the country is actually becoming one of

the worst places in the world for journalists".

Yesterday, during a police operation across the country,

several media outlets were closed and staff arrested (Özgür Gündem daily,

BirGün daily, Vatan daily, Evrensel daily,

Dicle News Agency, Firat News Agency, Etkin News

Agency, Demokratik Modernite periodical). A photojournalist working for Agence

France Presse, Mustafa Özer, was arrested at home.

These arrests came as 65 journalists were already in jail

awaiting trials, most of the time under the pretext of allegations of terrorist

activities.

Last month the EFJ led an international mission, in

cooperation with other international press freedom groups, with the aim of

showing support for the immediate release of all Turkish journalists who appear

to have been jailed because of their work. The mission also wanted to express

the serious concerns of international organisations to the Turkish government

and politicians.

One of the trials of journalists will take place on 26

December and the EFJ President will attend to bring support and show European

solidarity.

The names of the journalists arrested are as follows:
Arzu Demir (ETHA editörü), Ayse Oyman (Özgür Gündem),

Berxwedan Yaruk (Demokratik Modernite Dergisi çalisani), Cihan Albay, Çagdas

Kaplan (DIHA muhabiri-Istanbul), Çagdas Ulus (Vatan Gazetesi muhabiri), Çigdem

Aslan, Davut Uçar (Etik Ajans Müdürü), Dilek Demirel (DIHA-Izmir), Ertus

Bozkurt (Firat Dagitim çalisani), Evrim Kepenek (DIHA muhabiri-Van), Eylem

Sürmeli (eski Özgür Gündem çalisani), Fatma Koçak (DIHA Yaziisleri

Müdürü-Istanbul), Günes Ünsal (DIHA Ingilizce Servisi-Istanbul), Hamza Sümeli

(Gün Matbaasi çalisani), Hatice Bozkurt (Özgür Gündem), Haydar Tekin (Firat

Dagitim eski çalisani), Hüseyin Deniz (Gazeteci), Ismail Yildiz (Istanbul),

Kenan Kirkaya (DIHA Ankara Temsilcisi-Ankara), Mazlum Özdemir (DIHA

muhabiri-Diyarbakir), Murat Eroglu (DIHA eski çalisani), Mustafa Özer (AFP

muhabiri), Nahide Ermis (Özgür Halk ve Demokratik Modernite Dergisi Yayin,

Kurulu Üyesi), Nevin Erdemir (Özgür Gündem Gazetesi çalisani), Nurettin Firat (Özgür

Gündem Gazetesi yazari), Oktay Candemir (DIHA eski çalisani), Ömer Çelik

(BirGün gazetesi ve DIHA muhabiri-Istanbul), Ramazan Pekgöz (DIHA

editörü-Diyarbakir), Sadik Topaloglu (DIHA muhabiri-Sanliurfa), Semiha Alankus

(DIHA editörü-Diyarbakir), Sevinç Tuncelli (DIHA-Izmir), Sibel Güler (Özgür

Gündem eski çalisani), Seref Sümeli (Firat Dagitimin eski çalisani), Yüksel

Genç (Özgür Gündem), Zeynep Kuray (BirGün Gazetesi ve ANF muhabiri), Ziya

Çiçekçi (Özgür Gündem Gazetesi Imtiyaz Sahibi ve Sorumlu, Yaziisleri Müdürü),

Zuhal Tekiner (DIHA Imtiyaz Sahibi-Istanbul).

Together with its affiliate, the Journalists' Union of

Turkey (Türkiye Gazeteciler Sendikas? - TGS), the EFJ has launched an

international postcard campaign to express solidarity with jailed journalists.

To date, over 700 individuals and organisations around the world have joined

this Set Turkish Journalists Free campaign.

See the mission report here: http://europe.ifj.org/assets/docs/106/195/726b16a-59f86c3.pdf
Support the campaign here: http://europe.ifj.org/en/pages/turkey-campaign-set-journalists-free

The EFJ is the European group of the International

Federation of Journalists
The EFJ represents over 260,000 journalists in over

30 countries.
For more information contact the EFJ at +32 2 235.2200