TO THE PRESS AND TO THE PUBLIC OPINION
FROM THE PLATFORM FOR SOLIDARITY WITH IMPRISONED JOURNALISTS (TGDP)

 
Turkish Supreme Court has declared its decision concerning the editor in chief of Atılım newspaper, Hatice DUMAN; and the spokesman of our platform TGDP, Necati ABAY...
 
Supreme Court’s decision is a nasty blow against the freedom of press...
 
With its decision which is not signed yet, the 9th Circuit of Turkish Supreme Court has approved the life sentence given to the editor in chief of Atılım newspaper, Hatice Duman, who was judged as arrested since 9 years by the 12th High Criminal Court of Istanbul. It’s the first time that the Supreme Court has approved a life sentence given to a journalist.
 
This decision is a nasty blow against the freedom of press, as well as freedom of opinion and speech. This also means legalization of police conspiracy. 
 
As for the spokesman of Platform for Solidarity with Imprisoned Journalists (TGDP), Necati Abay, who was judged without being arrested since 9 years, the Supreme Court has reversed the decision against him. The specially authorized 12th High Criminal Court of Istanbul had sentenced him to 18 years and 9 months on charges of being a chief of clandestine organization, “without evidence but because of persuasion”. But the reversion’s reason is not basically in favor of Abay. Because the Supreme Court has expressed that Necati Abay must be condemned not because of being a chief of clandestine organization but being a member of the organization. So the Supreme Court has, one way or another, approved the police conspiracy that Abay had faced when he was working as an editor of Atılım newspaper in 2003. 
 
Necati Abay was among the people who made Sedat Selim Ay condemned because of torture and who also made the Turkish state condemned by European Court of Human Rights because of non-complete inquiry at the said torture case. Sedat Selim Ay has recently been nominated as deputy chief of Istanbul police agency and as chief of anti-terror office. So the torturers are being promoted while the people who made them condemned are being punished. This is the trough point of unjustness.
 
By this decision, the state wants Necati Abay to go either to F-type prison or to exile, and to squelch him by one way or another. 
 
As the Platform for Solidarity with Imprisoned Journalists (TGDP), we believe that Supreme Court’s recent decision is political and not juridical and we protest this. We also call all the institutions and individuals who defend the freedom of press, and especially the press organizations and human rights defenders, to express their sensibility against this unjust decision...
  
Platform for Solidarity with Imprisoned Journalists (TGDP)
October 15, 2012