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.

from News

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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