Associatıon of Journalists denounced police raid on media institutions

ISTANBUL: Associatıon of Journalists Chairperson Nazmi Bilgin denounced police raid on media institutions; detention of journalists. “We may not share their ideas, but irrespective what their views are we will defend to the end their right to express their opınıons,”

Association of Journalists Chairperson Nazmi Bilgin condemned police raids on headquarters of some media institutions and detention of some journalists saying “We may not share their ideas but we shall defend to the end their right to express their opinions and views.”

In a statement on the issue, Bilgin said: “Free press cannot be silenced through pressures or raids on them. What has been done cannot be reconciled with democracy, human rights, freedom of expression. We strongly denounce what has happened. Those who want to push freedom of expression into dark dungeons cannot even have a chance to give an account of what they have done.

At meetings with the President and the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of media affairs we tried the awful results the ’reasonable doubt’ creature (in the latest judicial reform package that empowered people to raid homes, offices and detain people up to 48 hours citing reasonable doubt) might produce. Unfortunately our concerns have come true. At the Ergenekon, Sledgehammer and such cases we tried to defend the freedom of press and journalists and today we maintain our position, shall do the same.

We may not share their ideas but we shall defend to the end their right to express their opinions and views. We demand an urgent end to these operations and urge the supreme Turkish justice release all our detained colleagues and other intellectuals.

Those who might want to chain the press today may find themselves handcuffed tomorrow.”

SOURCE: CIHAN