Reactions against the arrest of 3 editors-in-chief on watch

Şebnem Fincancı, Erol Önderoğlu and Ahmet Nesin were arrested yesterday, because they worked as editors-in-chief on watch for Özgür Gündem newspaper. EU, Human Rights Watch, PEN and EuroMed released press statements about the arrests. They demand immediate release.

EU, HRW, PEN and EuroMed released press statements expressing their reactions against the arrest of Human Right Foundation of Turkey (TİHV) Chair Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Turkey representative and bianet rapporteur Erol Önderoğlu and journalist author Ahmet Nesin.

EU: a violation of freedom of media

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn released a joint statement. Mogherini and Hahn, in their statement, reminded that the arrest of three journalists and representatives of human rights organizations goes against Turkey's commitment to respect fundamental rights, including freedom of media. Also, the importance of the presumption of innocence is pointed out and it is emphasized that Turkey, as a candidate country for EU membership, must aspire to the highest possible democratic standards and practices and secure the human rights. 

HRW: the ones who have key roles must be released

HRW emphasized that “The decision to demand the detention of Önderoğlu, Fincancı, and Nesin is a shocking new indication that the Turkish authorities have no hesitation about targeting well-known rights defenders and journalists who have played a key role in documenting the sharp deterioration in human rights in the country." Stating that the EU and US governments should speak out strongly against this vicious campaign of intimidation, HRW remarked that three journalists and activists should be released immediately and the investigation dropped. 

EuroMed: put an end to the harassment of all human rights defenders and journalists

EuroMed also emphasized that the arrested people must be released immediately. It is stated that the physical and psychological integrity of Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Erol Önderoğlu and Ahmet Nesin must be guarenteed and Turkey must "put an end to all acts of harassment, intimidation against all human rights defenders and journalists, including those at judicial level."


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