Dunja Mijatović comments on a group of journalists’ arrest regarding Ergenekon coup case

Dunja Mijatović comments on a group of journalists’ arrest regarding Ergenekon coup case
# 06 August 2013 10:05 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Shamil Alibeyli – APA. Today’s convictions and severe sentences handed down to dozens of journalists and writers violate Turkey’s commitments to free speech and independent media, OSCE media freedom representative Dunja Mijatović said today, APA reports quoting OSCE.

“I am deeply alarmed by today’s convictions and harsh sentences that are of unprecedented length and severity in the entire OSCE region. Criminal prosecution of those with dissenting views violates the fundamental human right to free expression and the country’s OSCE commitments to develop and protect free media,” Mijatović said.

She stressed: “Verdicts and sentences for aiding or membership of an alleged terrorist organization, Ergenekon, were handed down in Silivri prison near Istanbul to dozens of media workers, in the frame of a larger trial. The sentences ranged from six years to solitary confinement for life. The damage of today’s verdicts on free expression and media freedom in Turkey is immeasurable,” she said. “I reiterate my call to the authorities for urgent and fundamental legislative reforms to improve media freedom, as well as the transparent and swift trial of all imprisoned journalists.”

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