EFJ Condemns Police Raid as Turkey Tries to Discipline Dissent in Journalism

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its European

group the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today condemned Turkish

police raids   into the homes of nine

journalists this morning in Istanbul, saying they represent a serious violation

of the confidentiality of journalists' sources.

According

to the Turkish Journalists' Syndicate, an EFJ/IFJ affiliate, police raided and

searched the homes of nine journalists, Ahmet ??k, Nedim ?ener, Do?an Yurdakul,

Mümtaz ?dil, ?klim Bayraktar, Sait K?l?ç, Müyesser Y?ld?z, Yalç?n Küçük and Ayd?n B?y?kl? who

are under police  supervision and facing

arrest. Police also confiscated the journalists' computers and notebooks.

"We

condemn this outrageous violation of a cardinal principle of press freedom,"

said Arne König, EFJ President. "This attack on protection

of journalists'  sources is a blatant

violation of free expression under the  European Convention of Human Rights which has

been ratified by Turkey."

The raids come just two

weeks after a court jailed three journalists of Oda TV, belonging to the opposition. But Prime Minister Recep

Tayyip Erdo?an continues to deny that there is any government attempt to

silence journalists.

"These denials are just not credible," said Aidan

White, IFJ/EFJ General Secretary. "The authorities are clearly embarked on a

campaign to discipline dissent and to stifle free speech in Turkey."

The

IFJ says that today's raids targeted investigative journalists known for

exposing malpractice, such as reporters Nedim ?ener and Do?an Yurdakul. ?ener, who works for Milliyet and Posta newspapers, published

several news articles and books about the murder of Hrant Dink, a prominent

Turkish journalist and editor of Agos newspaper who was killed in 2007.  Ahmet

??k, faces charges for co-authoring

 a 

book critical of the the crackdown on the so-called Ergenekon network.

The Turkish Freedom for Journalists

Platform, which includes the Turkish Syndicate, is organising a public debate at

Taksim Square on Friday to denounce the latest attack on media.

The EFJ recently pressed the

European Parliament and the Commissioner for Enlargement, Stefan Füle, to raise

the threats to journalists with the Turkish government. The latest actions have

done little to calm the media scene where many journalists live increasingly in

fear and the EFJ will continue to press the EU to act. The EFJ with the Turkish Journalists Syndicate

has again called for the immediate and unconditional release of more than 60

journalists currently in Turkish jails for doing their job. http://europe.ifj.org/en/articles/efj-urges-turkey-free-jailed-journalists-now

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