Turkey: Reporter to EU, 102 colleagues still in jail

I was freed after 276 days, but I will be convicted at trial

28 March, 18:25

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, March 28 - Turkey is de facto run by a 'regime' and there are currently 102 journalists still in jail in the country. Turkish investigative journalist Ahmet Sik explained this to the European parliament today, after his release from prison on 12 March. He had been invited by the European Liberal Democrat group (ALDE) to Brussels to explain the situation regarding press freedom in Turkey, a candidate country for accession to the EU.

''I've been accused of being a member of the Ergenekon organisation and inciting to violence,'' said the reporter, after 276 days in detention. ''I came to the expiration of the terms of preventive detention - Sik said - and at the trial that will last a couple of years, I already know that I will be convicted." The reporter explained that false documents were being used against him, from a television network, which will not be disputed. ''It 's normal for the current regime to accuse us of terrorism. I've never seen a similar period in Turkey.

Freedom of expression is an increasingly obvious problem.'' '' Do not believe the lies that are told," added the reporter,'' that "every day new inquiries and new cases of violations of freedom of expression and press emerge in the country." (ANSAmed)
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