Monday, 14 March 2011

Press freedom march takes place in Istanbul

Yesterday saw the largest organised protest to take place in Turkey in recent times take place in Istanbul. The protest is a responds to recent waves of arrests of journalists in Turkey.

Thousands marched in central Istanbul calling for the release of 68 arrested journalists and freedom for the press in Turkey.

Thousands of journalists and their supporters from other professions marched down İstiklal Avenue in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district for more than an hour, demanding the immediate release of all arrested journalists and amendments to the Turkish Penal Code, or TCK.

Currently, there are more than 2,000 open court cases against journalists and media outlets and over 4,000 on - going investigations against journalists in Turkey.

The notion that journalists are persecuted in a place such as Turkey does raise serious concerns; the whole world will be keeping an eye on what happens next.


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