Kati Piri on Press Freedom in Turkey

26/10/2016
Kati Piri on Press Freedom in Turkey

Following the arrests of several more elected local politicians in Turkey, the S&D Group has today expressed serious concerns about freedom of expression and pluralism in the country and called on the Turkish authorities not to use the failed military coup d’état as an excuse for attacking th

26/10/2016

Following the arrests of several more elected local politicians in Turkey, the S&D Group has today expressed serious concerns about freedom of expression and pluralism in the country and called on the Turkish authorities not to use the failed military coup d’état as an excuse for attacking the media, journalists and writers. The European Parliament will vote tomorrow on a resolution setting out these concerns.

S&D MEP and European Parliament rapporteur on Turkey Kati Piri said:

“We fully acknowledge the legitimate right of the Turkish government to investigate the heinous coup attempt on the 15 July, but at the same time we strongly condemn the massive administrative sanctions taken against journalists, writers and academics.

"We remind the Turkish authorities that the emergency decrees should not be used as a pretext to facilitate serious human-rights violations, to silence dissent and to close down media outlets.”

The S&D Group underlines that human rights and the rule of law in Turkey must be upheld and the principles of the European Convention of Human Rights fully respected.

Together with the Federation of European Journalists, we are launching the #FreeThemAll campaign, urging the Turkish government to release the 130 journalists in jail immediately and unconditionally