Turkey and the slippery slope of democracy: lessons for us all

Turkey and the slippery slope of democracy: lessons for us all
By Kelsey LeBrun Keswani | January 29, 2018

If the four pillars of a democratic nation are equity, representation, freedom and justice, Turkey is dangerously close to losing its claim to democracy.

At least four journalists and reportedly more than 100 social media users were jailed this past week in Turkey as a result of posting comments critical of Turkish operations in Northern Syria on social media. On Friday, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) called for their immediate release. “I recall that journalists should not be instructed on the content of their work and that press freedom must be respected at all times. It is a journalist’s job to present different views and inform the public, even if the content contains criticism,” OSCE’s representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir stated.

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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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