The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has today
expressed its outrage at the extreme violence against journalists who covered
the peaceful protest that started on 28 May in Istanbul, Turkey.
Several EFJ affiliates have tabled an urgent motion to the IFJ Congress deploring the disproportionate use of force
by the Turkish police against protestors and journalists covering the
democratic movement called #occupygezi.
‘‘This is an unacceptable act by the Turkish government who
blatantly ignored the rights of citizen to peaceful assembly and freedom of
expression as guaranteed in Articles 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights.'' said Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, the EFJ President.
‘‘We are particularly concerned about the excessive force
used by the authorities to target journalists,'' Mogens Blicher Bjerregård said.
The EFJ has learned that journalists, Ahmet ??k, Ismail
Afacan and Selçuk Samioglu, were seriously injured as a result of the firing of
tear gas by the police while covering the protest; some journalists were
detained by the police and are facing legal action which has been launched by
The EFJ called on its Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to
release all journalists arrested in the protest during their reporting and drop
The EFJ expressed further concern over Erdogan's comment on
the impact of social networks such as Twitter, as a ‘‘threat to society''.
In the coming days, the EFJ affiliates will ask delegates at
the World Congress to convey solidarity with journalists working in such
draconian conditions in Turkey.
For more information, please contact IFJ on + 32 2 235 22 17
The IFJ represents more than 600.000 journalists in 134 countries