April 15, 2018


Vienna, 15/04/2018

The Vienna South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) calls authorities in Turkey to drop all charges in the case against journalist Can Dundar.

Can Dundar (Can Dündar) born 1961, is a Turkish journalist, columnist and editor-in-chief of critical center-left Cumhuriyet daily until August 2016, after he stepped down from his position of editor-in-chief. Since June 2016 he has lived in Germany in exile. He was arrested in November 2015 after his newspaper published footage showing the Turkish National Intelligence Organization MİT sending weapons to Syrian Islamists. After 92 days in prison, Dundar was released on 26 February 2016 after a decision by Supreme Court. On 6 May 2016, there was an assassination attempt on Dundar in front of a court in Turkey. Dündar was unhurt, but another person suffered an injury. Dündar moved to Germany in June 2016.

First arrest warrant was issued on 31 October 2016 and on 2 April 2018 a court in Istanbul issued a new arrest warrant and a red notice.

SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe.