OSCE media freedom representative calls for legal reforms after study shows 95 journalists imprisoned in Turkey

April 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, Bonn, 20 June 2011. (Deutsche Welle/K. Danetzki)

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, Bonn, 20 June 2011. (Deutsche Welle/K. Danetzki)

VIENNA, 2 April 2012 – Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, today presented an updated analysis on imprisoned journalists in Turkey and called for immediate reform of the nation’s media laws.

“The number of imprisoned journalists in Turkey has significantly increased in the past year,” Mijatović said. “This is worrisome and demands the immediate attention and swift action of the authorities.” « Read the rest of this entry »

Turkish Journalist Sends Message from Prison

December 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

World Press Freedom Hero Nedim Şener Extends Wish for ‘A World of Freedom’

Turkish journalist Nedim Sener receives the IPI World Press Freedom Hero Award from IPI Director Alison Bethel McKenzie at the IPI World Congress 2010

VIENNA, 21 Dec. 2011 – International Press Institute (IPI) World Press Freedom Hero Nedim Şener, a Turkish investigative journalist and writer and winner of the Freedom of Expression Award, last week sent holiday greetings to colleagues and supporters from the Silivri prison. « Read the rest of this entry »

MALGRÉ LES PROGRÈS DÉMOCRATIQUES, LES JOURNALISTES TURCS RESTENT SOUS FORTE PRESSION

December 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

PUBLIÉ LE MARDI 19 AVRIL 2011. MIS À JOUR LE JEUDI 28 AVRIL 2011.

[cited from http://fr.rsf.org/turquie-malgre-les-progres-democratiques-19-04-2011,40045.html ]

« Nous sommes venus à Istanbul pour exprimer notre préoccupation concernant l’état de la liberté de la presse dans le pays. Même s’il est évident que des progrès ont été réalisés depuis les années 90 où les journalistes étaient emprisonnés par centaines, il reste encore beaucoup à faire. La Turquie n’est pas encore un pays respectueux de la liberté de la presse. Il faut être très courageux pour exercer le métier de journaliste en Turquie. C’est un métier dangereux qui expose à des peines de prison, à des menaces ou à des violences. Il est inquiétant de constater que tous les journalistes sont menacés et plus seulement ceux qui traitent de la question kurde et de l’armée, comme c’était le cas il y a quinze ans. Nous demandons aux autorités turques de faire de la défense de la liberté d’expression une priorité nationale. Le Premier ministre doit montrer son engagement à défendre les droits des journalistes à s’exprimer librement. Pour le moment, il ne l’a pas fait », a déclaré Reporters sans frontières à l’issue d’une mission d’enquête de six jours en Turquie. « Read the rest of this entry »

JOURNALISTS STILL HARASSED DESPITE PROGRESS WITH DEMOCRACY

December 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

PUBLISHED ON TUESDAY 19 APRIL 2011. UPDATED ON THURSDAY 28 APRIL 2011.

[cited from http://en.rsf.org/turquie-journalists-still-harassed-despite-19-04-2011,40047.html

“We came to Istanbul to express our concern about the state of press freedom in Turkey. Even if progress has been made since the 1990s when journalists were being imprisoned in their hundreds, there is a lot still left to do. Turkey is still not a country that respects press freedom. Journalists need to have plenty of courage to do their job. It is a dangerous profession which exposes them to the risk of prison, threats and physical violence. It is worrying to note that all journalists are under threat, no longer just those who cover the army or Kurdish issues as was the case 15 years ago. We call on the Turkish authorities to make the defence of press freedom a national priority. The prime minister should demonstrate his commitment to defending the right of journalists to express themselves freely. Until now, he has not done so”, said Reporters Without Borders at the conclusion of a six-day investigative visit to Turkey. « Read the rest of this entry »

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