Statement of Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations on today’s raid against Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet

Today’s detentions of the Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu and several Cumhuriyet authors, including an arrest warrant against Can Dündar, constitute a further very worrying development against the freedom of expression in Turkey.
The EU is very disquieted that on the basis of the State of Emergency arrest warrants have been issued against a large number of journalists, and many media outlets have been shut down. The scale of detentions, dismissals and shut-downs, notably in the media sector, based on charges of alleged terrorism, is highly questionable.
Freedom of expression is one of the essential foundations of the European Union. The EU has repeatedly stressed that Turkey, as a candidate country, must aspire to the highest possible democratic standards and practices, including on the freedom of the media and rule of law.

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