One year already behind bars: The absurd trial of Turkish journalists continue
March 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
Almost a year ago 13 journalists and writers were put behind bars because of the ODA TV case, which was about an alleged shadowy pro-military conspiracy called Ergenekon allegedly plotted to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Investigative journalists Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener were among them. While the absurd trial continued, the number of prisoned Turkish journalists was up to 104, thanks to the ‘advanced democracy’ of the ruling party AKP (Justice and Development Party). Since March 2011, ODA TV case became one of the most symbolic cases about freedom of press in Turkey.
Accordingly, 13 defendants of the case were charged with having made critical news about AKP and Fethullah Gulen movement! In addition, these journalists were accused of being involved in a plot to overthrow the government, being member of a terrorist organisation, etc… Now it has already been one year, and there is still no proof or evidence pertaining to these accusations!
The new hearing of the case will be held on 12th of March 2012 (Monday) in İstanbul.
We, the journalists asking freedom for our friends, will be in the court house again on 12th of March 2012.
THEY CAN NOT SILENCE JOURNALISTS BY PUTTING US BEHIND BARS!
AHMET AND NEDIM WILL COME OUT AND WRITE AGAIN!
EVEN IF WE BURN WE WILL TOUCH!
For more information:
Our blog page in English: http://turkeypressfreedom.wordpress.com/
Our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/ahmehnedimonurumuzdur/
Our twitter account: ahmet_nedim