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Turkey charges Reporters Without Borders representative over ‘terrorist propaganda'

© OZAN KOSE, AFP | Journalists shout slogans and hold placards on January 10, 2016 during a march marking Journalism Day in Istanbul as they protest against the imprisonment of journalists

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2016-06-20

The Turkey representative for international rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) was arrested on Monday on "terrorist propaganda" charges, in the latest crackdown on the media in the country.

Erol Onderoglu was charged, along with journalist Ahmet Nesin and rights activist Sebnem Korur Financi, for taking part in a campaign of solidarity with the pro-Kurdish press in Turkey in May, media reports said.

RSF swiftly condemned the detention of the three in a post on Twitter.

"Unbelievable low for press freedom in Turkey. Free Erol!" said the tweet from the Paris-based organisation's eastern Europe and central Asia desk.

The arrests come despite the European Union pressuring Ankara to narrow its definition of terror to stop prosecuting academics and journalists for publishing "terror propaganda".

The three had in May taken symbolic control of pro-Kurd newspaper Ozgur Gundem, which has been in the crosshairs of the Turkish authorities for years, sparking a judicial enquiry against them.

(AFP)
 

Date created : 2016-06-20

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