Turkey arrests 16 Kurdish journalists


Turkish officials formally┬áarrested and jailed 16 Kurdish journalists on June 16 after detaining21 journalists for eight days without charges. Five of the original 21 were released. According to Turkey’s┬áMedia & Law Studies Association (MLSA), the 21 journalists were originally detained on suspicion of “terrorism.”┬áThe MLSA’s┬áMehmet Ali Birand dismissed the validity of the charges, saying: “Most of these colleagues were working in media organs such as D─░HA [news agency] and ├ľzg├╝r G├╝ndem [newspaper]…┬áNone of these journalists participated in terrorist activities. None of these journalists carried a gun, pulled a trigger, or killed anyone.”┬áTurkish officials┬áclaimed the arrests were part of an investigation into the “press committee”┬áof the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Turkey consistently ranks low on Reporters Without Borders’┬áPress Freedom Index. It is currently ranked 149 out of 180 countries, a four point drop between 2021 and 2022.

From Jurist, June 16. Used with permission.

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