Turkey: Stand against freedom violations

European Federations of Journalists.

Attacks targeting the media in Turkey have led the International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ/EFJ) to alert the Council of Europe about a series of new press freedom violations.Turkey-coup-AFP-ARIS-MESSINIS

The federations are calling on the International and European communities to take concrete steps against the Turkish government’s assaults on fundamental human rights that are contrary to international and European conventions.

Mustafa Cambaz, a photojournalist for the Turkish Daily Yeni Safak was killed during the attempted coup in Turkey on 15 July.

In the early hours of Saturday 16 July, Turkish soldiers who attempted to overthrow the government seized control of several newsrooms, including the Ankara studios of the state broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television (TRT). They also forced news anchor Tijen Karaş to read a televised statement at gunpoint. Tijen Karaş said the members of the newsroom were held hostage for hours and were threatened.

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