PES supports Turkish journalists Dündar and Gül in face of repression

The Party of European Socialists is outraged about the gunfire attack on the editor of daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar, in Turkey. The awful act happened in front of the Hall of Justice in Istanbul, which makes it even more horrible. This is one more example of the growing climate of hostility against free media in Turkey.

The PES also regrets the decision for imprisonment of Can Dündar along with his fellow journalist Erdem Gül. Our believe is that the sentences of 5 years and 10 months and 5 years respectively are fundamentally unjust, because they target the very work of independent journalists.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said: "This is one step further in the crackdown of the Turkish state on critical media. I personally showed our support to Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, two committed journalists, in a joint demonstration with CHP representatives at the Silivri Prison earlier this year. The PES will continue to support them and the cause of freedom in every way possible".

The PES hopes that the EU will take in to account latest negative developments in media freedom situation in Turkey as far as right now the Turkish government is not fulfilling its part of the agreement on Human Rights and the quality of its democracy.

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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