MESOP ACTION : INTERNATIONAL PETITION FOR JOURNALISTS IN TURKEY / SIGN IT ! – European Federation of Journalists
As you are aware, the Dutch Turkish journalist Füsun Erdoğan along with Ziya Ulusoy, Bayram Namaz , Ibrahim Cicek and Sedat Şenoğlu were accused of being members of a Marxist organisation (MLKP) that is banned under Turkish anti-terror laws. Erdoğan was accused of being the leader of MLKP as she is the founder of the radio station Özgür Radyo which is critical of the government. They were all given life sentences apart from Sedat Şenoğlu who was sentenced to seven-year-and-six-month imprisonment. On top of the life sentences, the four journalists were also given extra punishments which mean that, in total, the life sentences amount to 3000 years.
The EFJ started an avazz petition and within a few days, with great support in particular of our Dutch and Turkish colleagues but many others as well we received over 2000 signatures and of course we need many more. It would be great if you could help us and circulate it among MEPS with your support, put it on your twitter and facebook account etc.; We need to reach at least 10000 and for this need YOUR help!!!
Very useful is ,as the Dutch NVJ example shows it very efficient to put it on your organisation’s website (see http://www.villamedia.nl/ )
We also sent an open letter to Commissioner Füle. I attach a one-page flyer for information.
Thank you very much for your support.
Renate Schroeder – Director – Tel : +32 2 235 22 02 – Fax : +32 2 235 22 19 http://europe.ifj.org
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