CPJ calls on Turkish authorities to release Nokta editors

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based group aocating for the rights of journalists worldwide, has condemned the recent arrest of two Nokta magazine editors, calling on Turkish authorities to release them immediately.
Nokta Editor-in-Chief Cevheri Ganduven and Managing Editor Murat andcapan were detained on Tuesday after the magazine printed its latest issue in which the lead story criticized recent government policies, on the grounds of encouraging people to commit crimes in the country.
Stating that the editors face charges of and”inciting an armed uprising against the stateand” in violation of Article 214 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), the CPJ also noted in a written statement released on Wednesday that Noktaand’s website had been blocked by Internet service providers following a court order and that copies of the critical magazine were confiscated from the headquarters by police on Tuesday.
and”Instead of opening a new chapter in media policy after this weekendand’s election, the Turkish government is continuing full bore with its crackdown on critical journalists and news outlets,and” CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said.
and”We call on authorities to immediately release Cevheri Ganduven and Murat andcapan, return Nokta to newsstands, and allow access to its online edition,and” Ognianova added.
Pointing to recent CPJ research, the statement said that the number of journalists imprisoned in Turkey is now at least 11 with the arrests of Ganduven and andcapan.
Sharing further content from its research, the statement also said that Turkeyand’s press freedom record has significantly deteriorated in the past few months, adding that eight international press freedom groups, including the CPJ, visited Istanbul and Ankara last month for meetings with local journalists, deputies and foreign diplomats to discuss press conditions in Turkey. and”Following the visit, the Vienna-based International Press Institute [IPI], which led the mission, published a report highlighting the countryand’s troubling press freedom climate,and” it stated.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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