Journalists take over ‘Wait for hope’ protest in support of Dundar and Gul

A number of the journalists gave a statement to the press outside Silivri Prison, with Eksi — who served as the chairman of Turkey’s Press Council for over two decades — saying that it was a disgrace that Dundar and Gul had been punished with imprisonment simply because of their critical views, which are not against the law.

Bayar, the editor-in-chief of the local Sivas Divrigi daily, called the vigil in front of the prison a “mission for humanity.” “In essence, journalism is on trial here,” he noted.

Toros, currently a columnist for the Ozgur Dusunce daily, told journalists that his action is not intended as a message to the Turkish government or the EU. “This is a show of solidarity with the arrested journalists. My action is intended to make them feel that they are not alone. Hidayet Karaca, Mehmet Baransu, Can Dundar, Erdem Gul, Gultekin Avcı and Cevheri Guven, you are not alone in prison.”

The journalists Toros mentioned are all currently in prison on charges including “espionage,” “membership in a terrorist organization” and “revealing confidential documents.”