#Journalismenestpasuncrime

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#GazetecilikSuçDegildir / #JournalismisNotaCrime

La campagne pour libérer le journalisme, développer les droits syndicaux et défendre la liberté d’expression en Turquie

L’objectif général du projet est de promouvoir et de protéger les droits fondamentaux en renforçant le rôle des journalistes dans la promotion de la démocratie, de la bonne gouvernance et du droit du public à accéder à l’information. La liberté d’expression est un droit qui permet l’exercice des autres droits fondamentaux. Grâce à un journalisme de qualité, les journalistes oeuvrent pour rapporter les vérités et exposer les abus tout en visant à responsabiliser les responsables. Le renforcement de la position des journalistes et leur capacité à jouer leur rôle de servir le public avec un journalisme critique indépendant et informé fait partie du fondement de la démocratie.

Les objectifs spécifiques poursuivis par le projet sont les suivants:

• Améliorer les droits, la sécurité et l’indépendance des journalistes en soutenant le développement du syndicat des journalistes de Turquie (TGS) qui peut ainsi mieux protéger les droits des professionnels de l’information et améliorer leurs conditions;
• Mettre un terme au harcèlement judiciaire que subissent des journalistes et promouvoir la libération des journalistes emprisonnés.
• Améliorer la couverture des questions d’égalité et des minorités par les médias et améliorer le traitement des minorités dans les médias

Au cœur des objectifs spécifiques se situe la nécessité de construire un syndicat national des journalistes fort qui puisse protéger et représenter ses membres. Un syndicat fort de journalistes pourra promouvoir la profession, promouvoir les droits de ses travailleurs et responsabiliser sur le respect des normes en journalisme. Ce projet vise à sensibiliser les employeurs, les autorités et la société civile sur la nécessité de protéger le journalisme indépendant et de qualité comme élément vital de la société. Il vise aussi à rassembler les nombreuses et diverses voix autour des principes centraux du journalisme éthique et indépendant et de la nécessité de protéger les droits de chacun membre du public.

Activités

  • WP 1: Programme de renforcement des capacités du syndicat en auditant, réformant, équipant et dispensant 3 formations aux dirigeants, au personnel et aux militants de TGS à Istanbul en matière de direction syndicale, de négociation et de gestion d’une campagne
  • WP 2: 30 activités de recrutement sur les lieux de travail, 10 négociations collectives avec des employeurs:
  • WP 3: Ouverture d’une branche TGS / bureau de solidarité à Diyarbakir
  • WP 4: 3 formations sur la sécurité pour 60 journalistes dans le sud-est de la Turquie en matière de couverture de l’information dans des environnements hostiles, la sécurité numérique, le PTST et les premiers secours.
  • WP 5: Campagne sur la liberté de la presse, suivi des procès et plaidoyer pour une action de solidarité au niveau national et international
  • WP 6: Réseautage et action de sensibiliser des institutions européennes/internationales sur la situation des journalistes et des syndicalistes en Turquie
  • WP 7: Campagne pour l’égalité des femmes et des LGBTI déclinée par la Commission Femmes et LGBT du TGS pour promouvoir l’égalité de traitement et l’amélioration des rapports sur les questions d’égalité.

Actions

Cyprus: Journalists of “Afrika” to face charges in Turkey

Reporter and editor of a Cyprus daily newspaper “Afrika” Sener Levent and journalist Ali Osman have been informed by the local police officers in Northern Cyprus that a prosecution process has been launched against them in Ankara, Turkey, over criticism towards military actions of Turkey in Syria and the Turkish government. There are two cases filed by the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ankara against the journalists. The first one concerns a publication released in January 2018 criticising the military operation in Afrin led by Turkey, comparing it to Turkish occupation of Cyprus, to which the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan…

Ukraine: Turkish journalist under threat

A Ukraine-based Turkish journalist has told the International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ-EFJ) he fears for his safety after his name appeared on an “abduction list” published by local media. The IFJ and EFJ have called on the Ukrainian authorities to take urgent action to protect Yunus Erdogdu, founder and owner of the first Turkish language news website in Ukraine, following the detention and deportation of another journalist earlier this month. On July 12, Turkish journalist Yusuf Inan was detained by Turkish intelligence services in Ukraine accused of being a member of the Gulenist movement which the authorities claim…

Turkey : Three newspapers and one TV station closed by decree-law

On July 9, 2019, the Turkish government issued a decree-law firing 18,632 civil servants due to their alleged ties to “terrorist groups” and closing 12 associations, three newspapers and one TV station. The decree also dismissed 199 academics, some of whom were among the signers of the Academics for Peace initiative, which called on the Turkish government to halt military operations in the country’s Southeast, which resulted in hundreds of deaths and some hundred thousand displaced people. Among the closed newspapers, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi had been seized by the government in March when trustees were appointed to the board. Özgürlükçü Demokrasi,…

Turkey: Zaman journalists and columnists heavily sentenced to prison

On July 06, 2018, six journalists and columnists have been heavily sentenced to prison by a court in Istanbul for alleged membership to an armed illegal terrorist organisation. The suspects were all working for the late Zaman daily newspaper banned by the Turkish authorities following the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016. “Our colleagues from Zaman newspaper did not take part to the coup attempt and have condemned it afterwards. Prosecuting workers solely on the basis of their work employment is not ruling based on facts but a politically motivated decision. The Turkish authorities must drop all the charges…

Turkey : Ali Ergin Demirhan is a journalist, he needs protection not prosecution

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has today been alarmed by its Turkish affiliate DISK-Basin IS about the police operation that took place in Istanbul on June 28, 2018 against the offices of Sendika.org (Turkish online media portal specialised in labor issues) and targeting specifically our colleague journalist Ali Ergin Demirhan. He is a known figure as a former delegate during the last EFJ Annual Meeting in Lisbon in June 2018 and he went back to Turkey after a successful participation to the international conference. According to recent media reports, Ali Ergin Demirhan is charged for doing propaganda on behalf of an…

New project to reform Public Service Media in the Western Balkans kicked-off in Albania

One of the priorities in the Western Balkans is to transform Public Service Media from state media into a genuine service for citizens. To facilitate this reform the European Union invested 1.5 million EUR through the project “Technical Assistance to Public Service Media in the Western Balkans”, which has been promoted at a two-day kick-off conference in Tirana. The conference gathered around 60 participants including representatives of international organisations, PSM directors and senior officials, political decisionmakers and representatives of NGOs and broadcasting regulatory bodies from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Reminding of the negative assessments…

Photo exhibition: Journalists’ working conditions in Western Balkans and Turkey is not only about the danger

The life threatening conditions of journalists working in Western Balkans and Turkey is a part of everyday reporting, however, the struggle is not always about the danger, as noted by Renate Schroeder, director of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). The opening remarks were made at the preview of the photo exhibition “Journalists’ working conditions in Western Balkans and Turkey” on the 12th of June 2018, at the Press Club Brussels. The photographs from local photographers and photojournalists depict the reality which tends to be kept behind the lenses of reporting – ranging from being on guard on the field…

Campaign to improve journalists working conditions in the Western Balkans and Turkey

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is today (08/05/2018) launching a video campaign to raise awareness about the poor working conditions of journalists and media workers in the Western Balkans and Turkey as documented by the European Commission’s Enlargement package 2018 published in April 2018. Together with the support of its affiliates in the region, the EFJ is putting the focus on Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey, where working as a journalist too often means job insecurity, low wages and attacks. This campaign aims to push for better working conditions in order to support the production…