Turkey should drop criminal charges against journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

Leading international free expression and press freedom groups condemn politically motivated trial. On the eve of a trial scheduled to start on March 25, 2016, a coalition of leading international free expression and press freedom groups, including the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), condemns the criminal case targeting Cumhuriyet journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, and calls on authorities in Turkey to drop all charges against them. Dündar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, and Gül, the newspaper’s Ankara representative, face accusations of aiding a terrorist organisation, espionage and disclosure of classified documents for reports in Cumhuriyet claiming that Turkey’s intelligence agency secretly…

Turkey must allow supporters to meet with imprisoned journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

Leading international free expression and press freedom groups condemn government’s refusal to allow supporters to visit pair jailed for their reporting, call for their release A coalition of leading international free expression and press freedom groups condemns the Turkish government’s refusal to allow supporters to visit journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, who are behind bars for reports claiming that Turkey’s intelligence agency secretly armed Islamist rebel groups in Syria, and calls for their immediate release. Dündar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, and Gül, the newspaper’s Ankara bureau chief, are being held at the high-security Silivri Prison, west of Istanbul, reportedly awaiting…

Imprisoned journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül are not alone !

INVITATION IFJ – International Federation of Journalists EFJ – European Federation of Journalists CPJ – Committee to Protect Journalists RSF – Reporters sans frontières Press Club event Imprisoned journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül are not alone ! “EU must stop its double standards with Turkey”   Tuesday 15 December 2015 at 13:00 Press Club Brussels Europe Rue Froissart, 95 – 1040  Brussels speakers include : Jean-Paul Marthoz, CPJ Europe Mehmet Koksal, European Federation of Journalists Johann Bihr, Reporters sans frontières Aims of the event Jean-Paul Marthoz will review the recent positions taken by the EU in relation to Turkey…

Imprisoned journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül are not alone !

INVITATION IFJ – International Federation of Journalists EFJ – European Federation of Journalists CPJ – Committee to Protect Journalists RSF – Reporters sans frontières Press Club event Imprisoned journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül are not alone ! “EU must stop its double standards with Turkey”   Tuesday 15 December 2015 at 13:00 Press Club Brussels Europe Rue Froissart, 95 – 1040  Brussels speakers include : Jean-Paul Marthoz, CPJ Europe Mehmet Koksal, European Federation of Journalists Johann Bihr, Reporters sans frontières Aims of the event Jean-Paul Marthoz will review the recent positions taken by the EU in relation to Turkey…

Imprisoned journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül are not alone !

INVITATION IFJ – International Federation of Journalists EFJ – European Federation of Journalists CPJ – Committee to Protect Journalists RSF – Reporters sans frontières Press Club event Imprisoned journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül are not alone ! “EU must stop its double standards with Turkey”   Tuesday 15 December 2015 at 13:00 Press Club Brussels Europe Rue Froissart, 95 – 1040  Brussels speakers include : Jean-Paul Marthoz, CPJ Europe Mehmet Koksal, European Federation of Journalists Johann Bihr, Reporters sans frontières Aims of the event Jean-Paul Marthoz will review the recent positions taken by the EU in relation to Turkey…

EFJ-IFJ urge Turkey to immediately release Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

The European and International Federations of Journalists (EFJ-IFJ) are today (27/11/2015) calling on the Turkish authorities to immediately release journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül and drop all charges against them. The two journalists working for the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet have been arrested yesterday in Istanbul following a judicial complain initiated by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on charges of “procuring information as to state security”, “political and military espionage”, “declaring confidential information” and “doing propaganda on behalf of a terror organization”. All accusations are in fact based on the article and footage released by Cumhuriyet on May 29 with the headline “Here are the weapons Erdogan…

Scandalous Ban on Media at Turkey Media Trial

IFJ/EFJ  today condemned the decision to hold the trial of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül behind closed doors. All diplomats, journalists (including the IFJ and EFJ observers, Barry White and Mehmet Koksal), members of the public were evacuated from the court room. The ruling was made earlier today on the first day of the Dündar/Gül case charged with aiding a terrorist organisation, espionage and disclosure of classified documents, having reported on the supply of arms to Syrian fighters by the Turkish secret services. Gül and Dündar had previously been held for 92 days until the constitutional court set them free,…

SC candidate 2016 Patrick KAMENKA

CV Patrick Kamenka, former journalist with AFP for nearly 40 years. I used to cover the Soviet union and many war zone conflits  (former Yougoslavia, USSR, Iraq). In charge for my union SNJ-CGT on the international issues. Working on the Turkish campaign with TGS for EFJ. Member of FREG. Elected twice as Steering comittee member. Reserve member from 2013-2016. Candidate Statement I stand for solidarity – good quality journalism – better rights for journalists The EFJ is facing crucial challenges because of the increasing concentration of ownership in the media industry. Mainstream media are more and more linked to banks and…

Turkey and the “forgotten” Zaman journalists in jail

On 4 March 2016, five months before the coup attempt of July 2016, one of the biggest daily newspaper was seized by the Turkish authorities on charges of being affiliated with the Gülen movement. Created in 1986, the newspaper was initially a strong supporter of President Erdogan’s AKP until it became increasingly critical and subsequently the movement which it was affiliated with accused of infiltrating the institutions in order to create a “parallel state”. Many journalists and media workers were first quickly sacked without any compensation. Despite being fully managed by government-appointed trustees since March 2016, the newspaper was banned by…

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