#Journalismenestpasuncrime

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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

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…

Freedom of expression deteriorates in EU candidate countries, shows EU progress reports

The European Commission published on 17 April 2018 its annual Enlargement Package, including the country reports (formerly known as “progress reports”), assessing the implementation of the European Union’s enlargement policy regarding the accession process of the Western Balkans and Turkey. These country reports shows alarmingly precarious working conditions of journalists as the level of press freedom deteriorates further. In four countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia) no progress has been achieved in the area of press freedom. Issues of attacks on journalists, defamation cases media ownership, lack of funding of the public service broadcasters and self-censorship prevail. Some of…

Turkey: A trial where the ‘crime’ is journalism and the only ‘evidence’ is journalistic activities

Joint Statement on the Cumhuriyet trial: 28 media freedom and freedom of expression organisations call on the institutions of the Council of Europe and its member states to remind Turkey of its international obligation to respect and protect human rights. We, the undersigned freedom of expression and human rights organisations, strongly condemn last night’s guilty verdicts for staff and journalists of Cumhuriyet newspaper and note the harsh sentences for the defendants. The verdict further demonstrates that Turkey’s justice system and the rule of law is failing: this was a trial where the ‘crime’ was journalism and the only ‘evidence’ was…

Turkey: Cumhuriyet journalists and executives heavily convicted for changes in “editorial policy”

On Wednesday (25/05/2018), the court in Silivri (Turkey) severely convicted 13 journalists and executives from the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet to jail sentences between two to eight years. The court is convinced that editorial policy changes adopted by the newspaper were aimed at helping multiple illegal terrorist organisations in Turkey. All the defendants have been released pending the confirmation of the jail sentences by the upper court. The judge also ordered the release of Cumhuriyet chairman Akin Atalay who had been in jail for 532 days until yesterday. “As we always say they cannot intimidate Cumhuriyet newspaper which will continue to…