#FreeTurkeyMedia: Vigil for Turkey’s imprisoned journalists

When: Wednesday 3 May, 5.30pm
Where: Turkish Embassy, 43 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PA
RSVP: [email protected]

Ahmed Naish and Zaheena Rasheed of Index Award-winning Maldives Independent. (Photo: Index on Censorship)
Ahmed Naish and Zaheena Rasheed of Index Award-winning Maldives Independent. (Photo: Index on Censorship)

Join Index on Censorship, English PEN, Amnesty International UK, Reporters Sans Frontières, PEN International and the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation for our vigil outside the Turkish Embassy in London, in protest over the detention of journalists and writers in Turkey. The London protest is one of several taking place at Turkish embassies around the world on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day.

Turkey is currently the world’s biggest jailer of journalists: one third of all imprisoned journalists in the world are being held in Turkish prisons, the vast majority waiting to be brought to trial. Meanwhile, more than 160 media outlets have been closed.

Let us know if you’re coming and invite your friends via the Facebook event page and please share details of the vigil on Twitter with the hashtag #FreeTurkeyMedia

When: Wednesday 3 May, 5.30pm
Where: Turkish Embassy, 43 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PA
RSVP: [email protected]

TAKE ACTION

Show your support on social media

We are asking fellow journalists, writers, and supporters of freedom of expression to show their support for the many journalists and writers currently imprisoned and on trial in Turkey. Please follow @FreeTurkeyMedia on Twitter and show your support by tweeting a photo with a sign reading #FreeTurkeyMedia #GazetecilikSuçDeğildir

Write to the authorities

You can send a letter via Amnesty’s website to Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ calling for the release of our imprisoned colleagues.

Please also write to the Turkish authorities

  • Calling for all detained writers and journalists to have access to lawyers and to be released if they are not to be charged with a recognisably criminal offence and tried promptly in accordance with international fair trial standards;
  • Calling on the authorities not to use the state of emergency to crack down on peaceful dissent, civil society, media and education.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Cumhurbaşkanlığı Külliyesi
06560 Beştepe-Ankara
Tel : (+90 312) 525 55 55
Fax : (+90 312) 525 58 31
E-mail: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RecepTayyipErdogan
Twitter: @RT_Erdogan

Süleyman Soylu
Minister of Interior Affairs
Ministry of Interior Affairs
T.C. İçişleri Bakanlığı, Bakanlıklar / Ankara, Republic of Turkey
Tel: (+90 312) 422 40 00
E-mail: [email protected]

Binali Yıldırım
Prime Minister
Çankaya Mah. Ziaur Rahman Cad. Çankaya / Ankara
Tel: (+90 312) 403 50 00
Fax: (+90 312) 422 10 00

Anastasia Zotova, campaign partner of Ildar Dadin, 2017 Index Campaigning Award winner.
Anastasia Zotova, campaign partner of Ildar Dadin, 2017 Index Campaigning Award winner.

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