Turkish crackdown on free expression

Novelist and human rights activist Aslı Erdoğan, as well as linguist Necmiye Alpay, were re-arrested last week (23 November) and charged with “membership of a terrorist organisation” by the Turkish government.

In August, following an attempted coup against president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the government closed 29 publishing houses and seized all assets, including publishing rights, and closed three news agencies, 45 newspapers, 16 television stations, 23 radio stations and 15 magazines.

We are adding our voice to those which have already called for the release of all detainees held solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

These voices include the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF).

We join them in urging the EU to take a strong stance on the situation. Free expression is an inalienable human right and must be protected wherever it is threatened.

 

COMMENTS

Dr Rex Andrews (24/12/2016 11:20)
" Freedom of expression is a fundamental element of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is deeply disappointing that the Turkish Government seems to be unaware of its importance."
Heather Dyer (23/12/2016 07:43)
" Those who repress others are inevitably seen to be aggressive, weak and wrong-headed. My thanks and heartfelt best wishes to those brave enough to speak for others despite these threats, and my hope for their speedy release."
Giovanni (23/12/2016 12:01)
" These tactics was used by the Nazis, but seem the British Governamente accepted it. And I'm afraid they will try to copy it from Erdoğan."
David Bryer (22/12/2016 10:54)
" The Turkish government is doing itself no favours long-term by this reaction to those who oppose it. 'Opposition is true friendship' wrote Blake."
Miranda Miller (22/12/2016 10:43)
" Their arrest is shameful and we should write to them in prison."
Anthony Campbell (22/12/2016 08:35)
" A grotesque misuse of "antiterrorism" to repress free speech."
Carolyn Beckingham (21/12/2016 10:07)
" These are the kind of tactics used by the Nazis. They cannot be tolerated."
jane kaya (11/12/2016 09:11)
" Best of luck with your efforts fighting for such an important issue."
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