The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) protested strongly against the attack on journalist Shabtai Gold in Istanbul on 1 May.
The Deutsche Presse-Agentur reporter was injured after police members assaulted him during the May Day rallies in Taksim Square. Police forces were barricading closed-off streets from traffic in order to prevent further demonstrations. Gold posted on his Twitter account about his assault and the arrests of other protesters.
“Turkey seems to be doing very little to promote democracy, freedom of speech and media rights”, Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General has stated.
The press freedom work of the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.