Solidarity messages to Ali Ergin Demirhan from international professional associations of journalism

International professional associations of journalism released solidarity messages about the police raid to Sendika.Org Office and the custody warrant for editor Ali Ergin Demirhan

International professional associations of journalism including of International Federation of Journalists, National Union of Journalists of Ireland, French Union SNJ-CGT, Swedish Journalists Förbundet, Union of Cyprus Journalists and many other organizations released solidarity messages about the police raid to Sendika.Org Office and the custody warrant for editor Ali Ergin Demirhan.

CUSTODY ORDER FOR SENDIKA.ORG EDITOR ALİ ERGİN DEMİRHAN ABOUT HIS SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

OPPOSING THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT A CRIME: WHY IS SENDIKA.ORG EDITOR ALİ ERGİN DEMİRHAN BEING TARGETED?

IFJ: Press freedom is the cornerstone of democracy

Dear colleague,

I express with this mail my total solidarity with you and press the Turkish authorities to free you immediately

Press freedom is the cornerstone of democracy!!!

Philippe LERUTH

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) President

NUJ Ireland: Your arrest is an outrage

Dear Ali Ergin Demirhan,

I have learned with grave concern of your arrest via Jeremy Dear, Deputy General Secretary, IFJ.

On behalf of Irish journalists I want to express solidarity with you at this time.  The right to comment on elections is a cornerstone of journalistic freedom. Your arrest and the manner in which it was carried out is an outrage.

Be assured of our support at this time.

I am making arrangements to contact the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs about  this matter.

Séamus Dooley

Irish Secretary

National Union of Journalists,

Dublin

NUJ Belfast: We call on the Turkish government to cease its persecution

As Secretary of the Belfast and District Branch of the National Union of Journalists – one of the largest branches in Ireland, with over 700 members – I am writing to express our great concern at the the police raid on the offices of the Sendika.Org news website on 28 June, and the threatened arrest of Ali Ergin Demirhan, its editor.  The sole reason appears to have been comments he made on social media, in his capacity as a journalist, analysing the political conjuncture in Turkey in the aftermath of the recent election.

This is not the first time that Mr Demirhan has been the target of repressive action by the state, and we are aware of the situation of many other journalists who have been imprisoned, prosecuted and otherwise harassed by the state.  Any attack on freedom of expression and information, by penalising legitimate journalistic activity, damages the image of Turkey internationally.

We call on the Turkish government to cease its persecution of our fellow journalists and to uphold the commitments to freedom of information and expression contained in the international instruments to which the state is party.  These include Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by Turkey in 2003, and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, ratified by Turkey in 1954.

Ciarán Ó Maoláin

Secretary

Belfast & District Branch, NUJ

Ireland

SNJ-CGT: We support your fight and determination to continue your work

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the French union SNJ-CGT, we wish to express our total solidarity after Ali Ergin Demirhan’s arrest by police following comments on social media about the recent Turkish election.

We met Ali during the last annual meeting of EFJ in Lisbon and appreciated him.

Our union of course support your fight and determination to continue your work as journalists publishing news to inform citizens on the Sendika.Org site.

We share with you the necessity of fighting back those governments who are trying to impose censorship like in your country.

“Not to be silenced” has to be the theme of the journalists and our unions all over Europe and elsewhere.

We need to make more pressures on the french government, on the EU to force Ankara to release the 150 journalists in jail as our colleague Ali.

We have to urge governments to stop censorship in Turkey and to force Erdogan’s regime to reopen 100 of media closures following the European human rights charta signed by Turkey. Pluralism is one of the main key of democracy.

As unionists we must continue to monitor the trials of journalists in Turkey.

Journalism is not a crime.

In solidarity.

Patrick Kamenka, 

SNJ-CGT (France). 

European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

Journalistförbundet: Drop the investigations into Ali Ergin Demirhan

The Swedish Union of Journalists expresses its solidarity with its Turkish colleague Ali Ergin Demirhan who is facing jail after comments he made as a journalist during the election in Turkey on the 24th of June.

Ali Ergin Demirhan is a journalist and a unionist who is targeted for doing his job as a journalist and for practicing his democratic right to freedom of expression.

The Turkish government is once again showing its lack of respect for freedom of the press. The Swedish Union of Journalists condems the actions carried out against Ali Ergin Demirhan and calls on the authorities to drop the investigations into Ali Ergin Demirhan.

The Swedish Union of Journalists stands in solidariy with Ali Ergin Demirhan.

Journalism is not a crime’

Best regards,

Jonas Nordling

President

Swedish Union of Journalists

 

FAPE: Freedom press in Turkey

From FAPE, the main Spanish organitation of journalists, we demand the immediate release  of our Turkish colleague Ali Ergin Demirhan

Freedom press in Turkey !

Luís Menéndez

FAPE Rel.Internacionales

JUADN: Journalists duty is to inform public opinion

Dear Colleagues,

As the Journalists’ Union of the Athens Daily Newspapers (JUADN), we join our voice with Unions members of the European Federation of Journalists and call upon Turkish authorities to protect journalist Ali Ergin Demirhan and drop all charges against him.

Journalists duty is to inform public opinion and are not able to function when prosecuted for doing their journalist job.”

Fraternal greetings from Athens

Dori Ralli

International and Public Relations Section JUADN  ΕΣΗΕΑ

EΣΚ: We express our solidarity to our colleagues in Sendika.Org

The Union of Cyprus Journalists would like to express its solidarity to our Turkish colleagues in “Sendika.Org” and especially to Ali Ergin Demirhan, who is now facing jail for comments he made as a journalist about the 24 June election in Turkey.

The wave of restrictions imposed by the government, which has repeatedly blocked the website, subjected them to lawsuits and jailed their editors are attacks against the freedom of expression.

Moreover we declare our willingness to take joint actions with journalists around the world for the prevalence of press freedom in Turkey.

We express our deepest concerns at the unprecedented clampdown on media in Turkey and urge the Turkish government to reverse the widespread attacks targeting journalists and media outlets in the country.

We call on the Turkish authorities to respect international conventions protecting the human rights and the freedom of expression and we urge them to foster a culture where press freedom is fully respected.

The Executive Committee

of the Union Of Cyprus Journalists

FNSI: Solidarity with Turkish journalist Ali Ergin Demirhan

Journalism is not a crime. And criticizing those who hold political power cannot be a crime. The Federazione nazionale della Stampa italiana (FNSI), the Union of Italian journalists, express solidarity and closeness to Turkish colleague Ali Ergin Demirhan, editor at Sendika.Org online newspaper, who is now facing jail for comments he made as a journalist about the 24 June election in Turkey.

He was arrested after police broke down the door of his paper’s office with a warrant for his arrest in connection with comments on social media about the election. And it is not the first time that the Turkish government, which has repeatedly blocked the website, has imprisoned and subjected our colleagues to lawsuits.

It happened before the April 2017 referendum on constitutional changes, when detained Ali Ergin Demirhan for six days because he criticized the “yes” result of the referendum.

Now, on 28 June, Ali Ergin Demirhan has been taken into custody again because of his social media comments about 24 June 2018 elections in Turkey: police broke down the door of Sendika.Org’s office in Istanbul’s Sisli district with a warrant for Demirhan’s detention.

Unacceptable facts that happen where the press is not free. And where the press is not free there cannot be democracy. We are sure that Sendika.Org will not be silenced!

Raffaele Lorusso (FNSI General Secretary)

The Union of Italian journalists (FNSI)

Sendika.Org