#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

Spain must release Swedish-Turkish journalist #HamzaYalçin!

The European and International Federation of Journalists (EFJ/IFJ) together with its affiliates in Spain and in Sweden have strongly condemned the arrest of Swedish-Turkish journalist Hamza Yalçin by Spanish authorities. The arrest occurred last week in Barcelona following an international warrant issued by Turkey through Interpol over alleged terrorist plots. The EFJ/IFJ urges the Spanish authorities not to hand Hamza Yalçin over to the Turkish authorities as the safety of the journalist and the judicial independence of a trial would not be guaranteed for him in Turkey, where around 160 journalists remain behind bars, according to IFJ/EFJ statistics. According to…

Belgian Ministers asked to help release French journalist Loup Bureau

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has joined an initiative launched by the journalism school attended by the French journalist Loup Bureau calling on the Vice Prime Minister and the Minster of Foreign Affairs to help free the arrested journalist in Turkey. Bureau’s fellow students at the Brussels School of Journalism and Communication (IHECS) together with the EFJ, the Professional Journalists’ Association of Belgian and other educational institutions  has written to the Belgian government today for their help to release Bureau. Bureau was arrested on Wednesday 2 August by the Turkish police following five days of detention in southeastern Sirnak…

French journalist Loup Bureau arrested in Turkey

French journalist Loup Bureau was arrested on Wednesday 2 August by the Turkish police following five days of detention in southeastern Sirnak province on the Iraqi-Turkish border. He is detained on charges of “assisting a terror organisation”. Loup Bureau, 27, is a freelance journalist who worked for Arte, TV5 Monde, Slate. French news agency AFP reported that his charges are related to a report he had done in 2013 with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria – considered by Ankara as a terrorist organisation – which was broadcasted on TV5 Monde. According to Le Monde, Bureau wanted to report…

Turkish court frees seven jailed journalists

The trial, which began on Monday 24 July, involved 17 Cumhuriyet journalists and executives wrongfully accused of secretly supporting the PKK – a militant Kurdish organisation and FETO, the group allegedly responsible for last year’s failed coup. The Cumhuriyet employees on trial are editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu, columnist Kadri Gürsel, CEO Akin Atalay, printing administrator Önder Çelik, attorney Bülent Utku, cartoonist Musa Kart, columnist Hakan Karasinir, attorney Mustafa Kemal Güngör, reporter Ahmet Şık, editor Turhan Günay, columnist Güray Öz, columnist Hikmet Aslan Çetinkaya, former editor-in-chief Can Dündar, columnist Aydin Engin, financial manager Bülent Yener, accounting manager Günseli Özaltay and columnist Orhan…

Turkey: Press freedom on trial

The EFJ is closely following the proceedings that started on Monday 24 July in Istanbul against 17 prominent journalists, editors and board members of Cumhuriyet newspaper, including Can Dündar, Kadri Gürsel, Murat Sabuncu and Ahmet Şık. EFJ president Mogens Blicher Bjerregård participated in the court case on 24-25 July and met several journalists and EFJ affiliates. Below a personal account of his impressions: Press freedom must be protected, and not put on trial as it has happened this week in Istanbul with the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. 17 journalists and executives are accused in a completely political and fabricated way for…

Cumhuriyet trial in Turkey: “This case is about criminalizing journalism”

The president of the European Federation of Journalists Mogens Blicher Bjerregård is attending today in Istanbul the opening of the trial of 17 journalists and executives at Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet.  “Journalism is not a crime,” chanted several hundred people gathered outside the central Istanbul court to protest against the prosecution of journalists, executives and lawyers of Cumhuriyet. “You can really feel the solidarity present in the courtroom,” said Mogens Blicher Bjerregård. “Let’s hope for justice.” On the behalf of the international support group attending the trial, Steven M. Ellis, from the International Press Institute, delivered the following statement, in front…

Cumhuriyet trial in Turkey: background and resources

Representatives from international free expression groups and professional organisations gathered in Istanbul on July 24 to monitor the trial of 17 journalists and executives from the newspaper Cumhuriyet on accusations that its reporting lent support to terrorists. Prosecutors are demanding prison terms of up to 43 years for the defendants on charges that include “helping an armed terrorist organization while not being a member” and “employment-related abuse of trust”. They argue that the newspaper has acted since 2013 as “defender and protector” of the movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen – whom Turkey’s government blames for the failed July 2016…

Turkey: Cumhuriyet journalists face trial on 24 July

The trial involving 17 journalists and executives of Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet will start on Monday 24 July at 9:00am in Istanbul’s Çağlayan Justice Palace. The trial is expected to continue until Thursday 28 July. The International and European Federation of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ) join their affiliates TGS and DISK Basin-Is  in condemning the trial which is based on unfounded accusations that the paper is secretly supporting the PKK – a militant Kurdish organisation and FETO, the group allegedly responsible for last year’s failed coup. EFJ president Mogens Blicher Bjerregård will be present at the trial on behalf of both…