We are the journalist friends of Ahmet and Nedim. We consider the arrests
of our colleagues Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener on grounds of their solely and
genuinely journalistic activities as an assault on the freedom of the
press, freedom of thought and democracy and we have come together joining
We were further enraged by the fact that the book written by our friend
Ahmet Şık “Dokunan Yanar ” (Those Touching Will Burn) was not only banned
even before it was printed and published, but also presented as evidence of
his alleged crime, as if his arrest was not enough.
We are struggling for a Turkey where the journalist are not detained for
just performimg their profession, where the stories they write are not
censored and where the books they write are not banned.
Patience and steadfastness are the prime prerequisites of our profession.
We are patient, persistent and determined. We shall retain our patience,
strengthen our perseverance, keep our determination and continue our
protest until our friends, Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener are given back their
freedom. In other words, “Even if we burn, we’ll touch!”
Today is a very meaningful day for us. A book, the joint product of 125
writers, mostly journalists, including Ahmet Şık, is published today. It’s
entitled “000 Book.” The subtitle is: “Those touching will burn.”
The book we are holding now was written by somebody, some others corrected
it, still some others edited it, some controlled the punctuation marks, and
some smoothened the grammar. In short all the 125 writers contributed to
the publication of this book sharing its responsibility.
We see this joint action by the intellectuals of our country as a
courageous step in the struggle of our nation for democracy and freedom and
we wholeheartedly support and cherish it.
Ahmet Büke, Ahmet Meriç Şenyüz, Ahmet Şık, Ahmet Tulgar, Ahmet Ümit, Akın Tek, Ali Murat Hamarat, Ali Ömer Türkeş, Alper Kırklar, Alper Turgut, Arat Dink, Aslı Erdoğan, Aslı Tunç, Ayça Söylemez, Aydın Engin, Ayfer Tunç, Ayşe Düzkan, Ayşegül Devecioğlu, Ayşenur Arslan, Bağış Erten, Banu Güven, Berat Günçıkan, Burak Cop, Can Dündar, Candan Yıldız, Cem Özdemir, Çiğdem Mater, Çiğdem Öztürk, Claudia Roth, Deniz Gökçe, Didem Danış, Dinç Çoban, Ece Temelkuran, Ekin Karaca, Elif Ilgaz, Elif Yılmaz, Emine Ocak, Ercan İpekçi, Erdinç Ergenç, Eren Eğilmez, Erol Önderoğlu, Erkan Çapraz, Ertan Önsel, Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, Esra Arsan, Ezgi Başaran, F. Cengiz Erdinç, Fahri Alakent, Fatma Göktepe, Foti Benlisoy, Franziska Keller, Gaye Boralıoğlu, Gökçer Tahincioğlu, Gökhan Tan, Gülşah Karadağ, Gülşin Ketenci, Gün Zileli, Gürhan Ertür, Güventürk Görgülü, H. Hüseyin Tahmaz, Hakan Güneş, Hakan Lokanoglu, Halil Nalçaoğlu, Hazal Özvarış, Hilmi Hacaloğlu, İbrahim Aydın, İbrahim Kaboğlu, İrfan Aktan, İsmail Beşikçi, İsmail Saymaz, Jaklin Çelik, Jean-Francois Julliard, Johann Bihr, Kemal Göktaş, Kumru Başer, Mahmut Hamsici, Maside Ocak, Mebuse Tekay, Mehmet Demir, Mehmet Güç, Mehmet Kaçmaz, Mehmet Kuyurtar, Melek Göregenli, Mirgün Cabas, Murat Hamarat, Murat İnceoğlu, Murat Sabuncu, Murat Uyurkulak, Murathan Mungan, Mustafa Alp Dağıstanlı, Nazım Alpman, Nevin Sungur, Nilgün Toker, Niyazi Dalyancı, Osman Kavala, Osman Şenkul, Özgür Gürbüz, Özgür Mumcu, Pınar Öğünç, Ragıp Duran, Rengin Arslan, Reyda Ergun, Rıdvan Akar, Serdar M. Değirmencioğlu, Serkan Seymen, Serra Akcan, Siren İdemen, Süleyman Arıoğlu, Şanar Yurdatapan, Şebnem İşigüzel, Şükrü Argın, Tuğrul Eryılmaz, Uğur Vardan, Ümit Alan, Ümit Kıvanç, Vecdi Erbay, Vedat Türkali, Yahya Şafak Eser Koçoğlu, Yaşar Kemal, Yıldırım Türker, Yücel Göktürk, Yücel Tunca, Zehra Kafkaslı, Zerrin Kurtoğlu, Zeynep Altıok, Zeynep Erdim