EFJ protest in Brussels to support jailed journalists in Turkey


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  • Campaign

    EFJ's president during a protest in IstanbulIn 2010, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) launched an international campaign to set free all journalists in Turkey. EFJ unions in Belgium, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Italy and Russia have already been linked with arrested journalists in Turkey. With that help, over 50 other detained journalists could benefit from a direct pairing in this way.

    Over 700 individuals and organisations around the world have joined the "Set Turkish Journalists Free" campaign thanks to your support. In 2010, many journalists and their unions sent a petition letter to the Turkish Prime Minister, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calling for the release of the jailed journalists in Turkey. As of today, 50 professional journalists still remain in Turkish prisons with many waiting desperately a fair trial.

    For further information please get in touch with our campaign coordinator Renate Schroeder.

    Take Action

    Please join our online petition now to help set journalists free in Turkey. Click here to sign now.


    Latest News  

  • 14 March 2014: Call for urgent solidarity: EROL ÖZKORAY prosecuted for his book on istanbul gezi protests. Read more.
  • 13 March 2014: Freedom for #FusunErdogan, freedom for journalists! Join the tent.
  • 11 March 2014: Four Journalists Released from Ergenekon Trial
  • 10 March 2014: EFJ Welcomes Release of Journalist Tuncay Özkan
  • 10 March 2014: Erdogan threatens to shut down YouTube, Facebook, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  • 27 February 2014: EJN Report on Turkey Journalism Crisis: journalists plan fightback over politics and media corruption, Ethical Journalism Network
  • 22 February 2014. Debat on Gezi Park resistance, with photojournalist Sera Çakal. Invitation by EFJ member: Deutscher Journalisten-Verband (DJV)

  • 4 February 2014: Democracy in crisis : corruption, media and power in Turkey, Ethical Journalism Network (English)
  • 3 February 2014: How will Turkey be censored on the net?, Bianet English
  • 26 January 2014: Report of KCK trial in Silvri , close to Istanbul on 15 January in Russian by EFJ observer Nadezda Azhgikhina, EFJ Vice-President
  • 24 January 2014: EFJ Solidarity Mission to Turkey, by Nadezda Azhgikhina, EFJ Vice-President
  • 24 January 2014 "Sentimental journey", in Russian by Nadezda Azhgikhina, EFJ Vice-President  about press freedom in Turkey, in "Journalist"
  • 9 January 2014: Ministers will be able to give Internet censure orders directly, Bianet English
  • 9 January 2014: French Unions send letter to French President Francois Hollande re his visit to Turkey on 27-28.01.2014 (FR)


    List of journalists in Turkish prisons

    An in-depth list of detained Turkish journalists including the number of days of their imprisonment can be found here.

    Timeline of events in Turkey

    You can find a timeline with all important events that happened in Turkey and missions EFJ undertook to attend trials here.

    Upcoming Trials
    (updated 18/02/2014) 


    • 3 March 2014: KCK hearing.



    25 February 2014: DHKP-C case, Sami Menteş (released) and Gamze Keşkek (imprisoned)