RSF’s advocacy in Berlin for turkish journalists

first_img News to go further TurkeyEurope – Central AsiaGermany ImprisonedRSF Prize News Between 11 and 13 April 2016, Reporters Without Borders Germany hosted Dilek Dündar, the wife of the Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief and herself a seasoned journalist, to raise public awareness and political support for the case of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül and for the growing repressions against journalists in Turkey more generally. RSF_en Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News April 28, 2016 RSF’s advocacy in Berlin for turkish journalists Organisation Help by sharing this information June 7, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more Turkey ranks 149th out of 180 countries on the Reporters Without BordersPressFreedom Index. To find out more about the state of press freedomin Turkey please go to http://rsf.org/en/turkey.Rerporters Without Borders’ most recent Turkey report is availablefor download here. News TurkeyEurope – Central AsiaGermany ImprisonedRSF Prize Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet’s editor-in-chief Can Dündar and the paper’s Ankara bureau chief ErdemGül are facing life sentencesbecause of their reporting. The prosecutors have charged them withespionage, revealing state secrets and supporting a terroristorganisation. At the end of May 2015, their newspaper published areport containing evidence that the Turkish secret service suppliedweapons to Islamists in Syria. Afterwards President Erdogan appearedon state television threatening that editor-in-chief Dündar wouldnot go unpunished but pay a high price for publishing the report(http://t1p.de/p1eq).The trial against Dündar and Gül began at the end of March and willresume on 6 May.During her visit to Berlin, Dilek Dündar and representatives of RSF Germanymet two close counsellors to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, namelychief spokesman Steffen Seibert and chief foreign-policy advisorChristoph Heusgen. Seibert expressly mentioned the case of Can Dündarand Erdem Gül in a press conference two days later, adding thatfreedom of expression was not negotiable and also had to be appliedin Turkey, where developments of the past few months gave cause forconcern (http://t1p.de/9u4s,from 25’47”). On the part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,human rights commissioner Bärbel Kofler had an exchange with Dündar.Other interlocutors included Bundestag (Germany’s federal parliament)vice president Claudia Roth as well as deputies of all parliamentarygroups, among them Jürgen Hardt (CDU/CSU) and Niels Annen (SPD), theforeign policy spokesmen of their respective parliamentary groups whoform the government coalition. Dündar also addressed a session ofthe opposition Left Party’s parliamentary group and had discussionswith the Left’s foreign policy working group as well as theCDU/CSU’s working group on human rights (http://t1p.de/xkye)and members of the German-Turkish Parliamentary Friendship Group. A public panel discussion about the current situation of freedom ofexpression in Turkey, held at centrally located Maxim Gorki Theater,drew more than 100 people. The chairman of the German Journalists’Association, one of the two main journalists’ unions in thecountry, met with Dilek and publicly underligned the association’ssupport for her husband and his colleague (http://t1p.de/8en7).Dündar’s visit also drew considerable media interest, including interviewswith ZDF national public television’s nightly news program“heute-journal” (http://t1p.de/7eea)and breakfast TV show “ZDF-Morgenmagazin”(https://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/zapp/Der-tuerkische-Praesident-und-die-Presse-,tuerkei610.html),Deutschlandfunk national public radio (http://t1p.de/mqtn),renowned media magazine “Zapp” on NDR TV (http://t1p.de/a9vn),3Sat TV cultural channel (http://t1p.de/huma)as well as WDR TV (http://t1p.de/gqiu)and RBB TV regional public broadcasters (http://t1p.de/l2zc),Swiss public radio SRF and “Die Welt” national daily(http://t1p.de/08ub). RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan SIGN the onlinepetition for the proceedings against Can Dündar and Erdem Gül to bedismissed! Receive email alerts Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF sayslast_img read more