Оn 25 July, responding to the news that the Turkish authorities had issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists, Amnesty International called on to stop prosecution of the mass media representatives.
“By rounding up journalists the government is failing to make a distinction between criminal acts and legitimate criticism. Rather than stifling press freedom and intimidating journalists into silence it is vital that Turkish authorities allow the media to do their work and end this draconian clampdown on freedom of expression,” said Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe.
Amnesty International also learned that the authorities arbitrarily blocked access to news websites in the days following the coup attempt as well as revoking the licenses of other media houses. Dozens of individual journalists had their press cards cancelled.
Adapted from the Amnesty International