22 Oct 2015 Lvl. 1
Alert created on: 02 Apr 2015 n° 72/2015 Turkey
Art and Literature Journalist Erdal Süsem Serving Life Sentence in Turkey
Erdal Süsem was arrested and charged in 2000 but the Court of Appeals later dismissed the case against the journalist who was released in 2007. He went on to serve as an editor and a distributor for the Eylül Art and Literature magazine which featured letters and writings sent from prison. Officials arrested Süsem again on 1 February 2010 for his writings in the magazine and allegations of "membership of a terrorist organisation." They cited as evidence "the cards and letters sent from behind bars after prison officials reviewed them, socialist publications and the interviews he had conducted for Eylül magazine. He was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Edirne F-Type Prison in northwestern Turkey.
22 Oct 2015
Response of the Turkish Government (information provided by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Turkey)
Journalists in detention