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European Commission – Statement

Joint statement on the police raids and arrests of media representatives in Turkey

Brussels, 14 December 2014

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, and Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, issued the following statement today:

The police raids and arrests of a number of journalists and media representatives in Turkey today are incompatible with the freedom of media, which is a core principle of democracy. We expect that the principle of presumption of innocence will prevail and recall the inalienable right for an independent and transparent investigation in case of any alleged wrongdoing, with full respect of the rights of the defendants.

nytimes.com – Sebnem Arsu – Dec 14 – The Turkish police detained at least 24 police officers and media workers in raids on Sunday morning, days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled a fresh campaign against supporters of an influential Muslim cleric whom he has accused of…
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Jim Roberts ‏@nycjim  TV executive Hidayet Karaca (center) being detained in #Turkey media crackdown. http://www.dailysabah.com/politics/2014/12/14/gulenlinked-police-and-media-staff-detained-in-dawn-raids …

Turkish police arrest 23 in raids on opposition media

Detained media group boss denounces ‘shameful sight’ after latest crackdown on supporters of exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen
Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has called on his supporters to remain calm and be patient in the wake of rumors that Istanbul police were planning to start an operation to round up hundreds of people close to his movement
President Erdoğan has again spoken out against the ‘parallel structure’ – a byword for the Gülenist movement – vowing to ‘overthrow this network of treason and bring it to account’
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david lepeska ‏@dlepeska Fantastic image of the state of media freedom in Turkey: arrest of Zaman editor-in-chief today

The producer of a television drama that drew the ire of President Erdoğan for depicting Prophet Mohammed as a beam of light was among scores of media figures detained Dec. 14
Zaman

ANKARA, Turkey — The chief editor of a Turkish newspaper and two dozen other journalists, TV producers and police were detained Sunday in a series of police raids aimed at supporters of a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric who is a strong critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

 

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Ankaralı Jan ‏@06JAnk  I’ve updated @simtoalev’s graphic showing Fuat Avni journo list: orange = already arrested. red cross = warrant out.

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Laura Wells ‏@wellsla ’12 #Erdogan with Zaman editor he had arrested today. Headline in framed page?”Democracy’s Victory” v @ChrChristensen

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Erik Meyersson ‏@emeyersson  And the winner of this Sunday’s craziest tweet is… https://twitter.com/ragipsoylu/status/544147332477255680 … #Turkey

 
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Mustafa Edib Yılmaz ‏@MustafaEdib On CNN, British journo Andrew Finkel:Today is a bleak day for freedom of expression in Turkey #ÖzgürBasınSusturulamaz

Turkish police have launched a media operation to detain 32 people, including media figures and former police chiefs, simultaneously raiding addresses in 13 provinces across the country.,
The authorities took at least 24 officers and media workers into custody on Sunday, days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled a new campaign against supporters of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric.
A prosecution has been launched for charges related to “insulting the president” into BirGün newspaper’s headline yesterday that wrote “thief” in Ottoman.

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