Turkish Journalists Protest at Police Raid
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
By Roy Greenslade
Turkish journalists staged street protests after security forces raided the offices of the two Istanbul-based news agencies, Güneş and Etkin (ETHA), and the Atılım newspaper.
Carried out on 26 June as part of an operation against a communist party known as MLKP, police seized material and personal belongings while holding staff in their offices for several hours.
ETHA editor Nadiye Gürbüz said notes pertaining to news stories were confiscated along with archive material.
The chairman of the Turkish journalists' union, Ercan İpekçi, criticised the increasing use of "anti-democratic measures" in his country.
Earlier this year, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) called for the real of articles in Turkey's anti-terror laws that interpret the reporting of news as propaganda for terrorist groups.
Turkey has drawn widespread criticism for its failure to protect press freedom. Last November, a judge at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said Turkey had the worst press freedom record among all 47 member states of the Council of Europe.