TURKEY: SEEMO calls for media freedom support amidst incidents in Turkey

TURKEY, 02/06/2015

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is deeply concerned by an attack that occurred in Istanbul.

Emre Sencan, a journalist for the daily Zaman, was photographing Gezi Park on the second anniversary of major protests that took place there. He was beaten and handcuffed by officers in civilian clothes, even after he said he was a journalist. Sencan filed a complaint against the chief of police, who can be seen in a video of the incident.

“It is disturbing that police are attacking journalists in Turkey. Authorities must abstain from interfering with fundamental human rights like freedom of speech and the right to personal integrity”, SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic 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

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