Turkish judicial authorities have opened an investigation against DİSK Basın-İş Chair Faruk Eren, the union’s Board of Directors member responsible for international relations, Ayşe Düzkan, and three others for participating in a solidarity campaign with Özgür Gündem newspaper.
Since the campaign began on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, prominent journalists such as Eren, Düzkan, Melda Onur, Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, Eşber Yağmurdereli, Erol Önderoğlu, Fehim Işık, Yıldırım Türker, Mustafa Sönmez, Ahmet Abakay, Celal Başlangıç, Uğur Güç, Nurcan Baysal and Ragıp Duran have participated in daily solidarity meetings at the newspaper.
According to information sent by the prosecutor’s office to Özgür Gündem, investigations have been launched into Mavioğlu, Eren, Düzkan, Sönmez and Onur. The quintet has been ordered to provide testimony on the grounds that articles and news pieces published on the days that they participated in the solidarity campaign constituted “terrorist propaganda” and “incitement to crime.”
As DİSK Basın-İş, we declare once more that we have no intention of compromising on the battle for press freedom, that we will closely follow this case and that we will shine a spotlight on this investigation on a national and international level, both in terms of the union struggle and the struggle for press freedom. Just as we have until now, we will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with all journalists subjected to oppression.