Posted by: bluesyemre | November 4, 2013

Firsthand accounts document mistreatment of Turkish journalists

  • VIENNA, Oct 25, 2013 – The International Press Institute (IPI) and its affiliate, the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), today reiterated their call for Turkish authorities to identify and hold accountable police officers and others responsible for the brutal treatment of journalists covering demonstrations that gripped the country this year. “Numerous journalists reported that elements of the security forces targeted them with water cannons, tear gas canisters, batons and rubber bullets during the protests, which erupted in late May before dying down in July and then experienced a brief resurgence in September,” IPI Press Freedom Manager Barbara Trionfi said. “Even more journalists said they were subjected to harassment, arbitrary detention and the forced deletion of photo and video recordings. “Such flagrant violations of the rights of journalists are completely unacceptable. Turkish authorities must demonstrate their commitment to upholding fundamental human rights by identifying those responsible for these acts and holding them accountable.”

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