EU’s Muiznieks says arrest of Cumhuriyet journalists another blow to press freedom in Turkey

“Yesterday’s [Thursday] arrest of Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Can Dundar and its Ankara Bureau Chief Erdem Gul is another blow dealt to freedom of the press in Turkey. My concerns are based on a series of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights which indicate that Turkish courts systematically fail to take into account the truth of articles and the public’s right to be informed,” Muiznieks said in a statement on Friday.

“Detentions based on insufficient reasoning and stereotyped wording are another long-standing problem, which were acknowledged and addressed by the Turkish Constitutional Court, but appear to continue in the practice of lower courts,” he said.


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