|European Commission – Statement|
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.
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.