Media demonstrators in Turkey demand release of 32 journalists

时间:2019-11-16 责任编辑:是箜 来源:兴发娱乐平台 点击:113 次

Turkey’s main opposition party has spoken up on behalf of the 32 journalists held in the country’s prisons. The Republican People’s Party (CHP) also pointed out that while 484 legal actions were launched against journalists.

And more than 770 journalists were fired for reasons related to their work, said CHP’s deputy chair, Sezgin Tanrikulu. He said seven Turkish media companies came under investigation in 2015 and that the government is using anti-terrorism laws in order to stifle press freedom.

He was speaking after a rally in Ankara by Turkish journalists in which they demanded the release of jailed reporters and editors.

And on Monday an inquiry began into alleged “terrorist propaganda” by Beyazit Ozturk, a TV presenter who has run a popular show for 20 years.

His so-called “crime” was to allow a woman to say that “children are dying” under curfew in the city of Diyarbakir, which has a Kurdish majority. Ozturk apologised following social media pressure.

Ahmet Abakay, the president of the Turkish Progressive Journalists’ Association, believes is witnessing the worst time in its history for freedom of the press. Many journalists opposed to the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, are being prosecuted.

“Those persecuted by Erdogan are laid off, prosecuted or arrested. Today, Turkish journalists have none of the rights that were recognized by the 1961 constitution,” Abakay said.

One of the journalists who spoke at the Ankara rally, Ismet Demirdogen, said: “People’s right to learn the truth and make up their mind on current events is prevented... more than 30 journalists are in jail after complaints, only because they wrote the truth.”

But Erdogan, ignoring complaints that he is behind the press clampdown, said on Sunday that the freedom of media was important for the country’s democracy. “Media should be free,” he said.

According to the world press freedom index run by Reporters Without Borders, Turkey ranked 149th out of 180 countries last year.

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