02 Nov 2017 Lvl. 1
Alert created on: 09 Aug 2017 n° 85/2017 Spain

Turkish-Swedish Journalist Detained at Airport Following Request by Turkey

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
Partner Index EFJ/IFJ IPI RSF
Partner Index EFJ/IFJ IPI RSF
Turkish journalist Hamza Yalçın, who also holds a Swedish passport, was detained by passport police at the El Prat airport in Barcelona on 3 August 2017, where he was vacationing. Police reported to Spanish news agency EFE that he was held by police following Interpol order, Turkish news website Diken reported. The next day he was arrested on charges of “insulting the Turkish president” and “terror propaganda” for an article he wrote for Odak magazine.
A group of Swedish journalists have condemned the detention in an open letter, asking the Swedish Government to intervene. Yalçın has lived in Sweden since 1984.
02 Nov 2017: On 2 November 2017, following the release of Hamza Yalçin and the decision of the Spanish Government not to extradite him to Turkey, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be ”resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
29 Sep 2017
On 29 September 2017, the Spanish Government decided not to extradite Hamza Yalçin to Turkey.
29 Sep 2017
On 28 September 2017, a Spanish judge has granted provisional release from custody of Hamza Yalçin, after Pen International and the Barcelona City Council guaranteed to the court that they would house him in Spain while the extradition claim is being assessed.
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09 Oct 2017
PACE resolution on abusive recourse to the Interpol system: the need for more stringent legal safeguards
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