24 Sep 2015 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 17 Jul 2015 n° 11/2015 Turkey
Attacks and Intimidation on Journalists Covering Workers’ Strikes in Turkey
Journalists for the daily Evrensel Gazetesi and the news channel Hayat TV were attacked and threatened on 29 and 30 June 2015 for reporting on labour-related protests. Unidentified individuals attacked and threatened reporters with kidnapping because they were covering strikes by workers in the metal industry. In what appeared to be an attempt to intimidate and threaten, explosions went off at the home of Arzu Erkan, member of the IFJ/EFJ affiliate (TGS) and correspondent for Evrensel Gazetesi in Kocaeli. Other freelance correspondents for Evrensel and Hayat TV have also received threats. The TGS General Secretary, Mustafa Kuleli, condemned these threats, saying that:”All the attacks and pressures must stop immediately, journalists and media workers must not be intimidated for doing their reporting.”
: After consideration of the Turkish government’s response and considering that no complaints were filed by journalists, on 24 September 2015 the partner organisations of the platform declared this case to be ‘resolved’, concluding that it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
28 Aug 2015
Response of the Turkish Government