06 Dec 2018 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 21 Aug 2015 n° 10/2015 Turkey

Journalist Fired over Tweets Critical of Erdoğan

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner AEJ Article 19 EFJ/IFJ
Partner AEJ Article 19 EFJ/IFJ
On 23 July 2015, journalist Kadri Gürsel, was fired from Milliyet newspaper over a tweet criticising President Erdoğan. The tweet, which was issued from the journalist’s personal account, implied that Erdoğan had some responsibility for a bombing in the Turkish town of Suruç. Gürsel had been writing for Milliyet newspaper since 1998 and is the president of the International Press Institute’s Turkish national committee. Milliyet Newspaper issued a statement saying that Gürsel had breached media ethics and damaged the working environment. Gürsel’s comments constitute criticism of government policy, which is a legitimate activity of responsible journalism and does not breach media ethics. Press freedom associations, including the International Press Institute, of which Gürsel is a member, as well as president of their Turkish National Committee, expressed concern that the Turkish government had applied pressure on Milliyet to fire Gürsel.
06 Dec 2018: On 6 December 2018, considering the fact that no complaint was lodged against Milliyet, as specified in the state reply to this alert, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be “resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
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