CPJ joins call for Turkey to release jailed journalists

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Broadcast equipment is placed on a poster during a protest outside a court where the trial of about a dozen employees of the Cumhuriyet daily newspaper on charges of aiding terror groups, continues in Istanbul, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Most of the staff were released from prison earlier this month, but four of them, including editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu and investigative journalist Ahmet Sik, are still in prison. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 47 members of the European Parliament and other press freedom organizations to call on Turkey to end its crackdown on the press and the mass imprisonment of journalists.

The statement includes recommendations to the Turkish authorities including that it releases all journalists imprisoned for their work and protects the right to freedom of expression and the right to receive or disseminate news. The statement calls on European Union institutions to reinforce the recommendations in discussions with Turkish ministers.

Turkey is the worst jailer of journalists, with at least 68 in jail in direct relation to their work at the time of CPJ’s latest prison census.

The full statement can be read here.

Source: CPJ

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