Turkish journalist Can Dündar victim of revenge without end

first_img Follow the news on Turkey News Help by sharing this information In Germany, Dündar founded the Turkish-language news website Özgürüz (We are free). He is nowadays also a member of the International Commission of the (RSF-launched) Information and Democracy Initiative. Organisation His lawyer, Abbas Yalçin, reminded the court in vain that Dündar attended all of the hearings of his initial trial until the day that he was attacked outside the court. After being threatened by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, tried and imprisoned, and after narrowly escaping an armed attack that forced him to flee abroad, well-known Turkish journalist Can Dündar could now have all of his assets seized by the Turkish state. This unacceptable and vindictive measure must be revoked, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says. Can Dündar (photo: AFP/Joël Saget). Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit to go further April 2, 2021 Find out more September 24, 2020 Turkish journalist Can Dündar victim of revenge without end “This measure, a first in 25 years, is both contrary to the values of democratic justice and unjust, cruel, vengeful and disproportionate inasmuch as it not only punishes this journalist but also his entire family,” RSF Turkey representative Erol Onderoglu said, calling for it to be revoked. The staff of Cumhuriyet, which was awarded the RSF Press Freedom Prize in 2015, was also the target of a wave of arrests after Turkey’s failed coup in July 2016. Receive email alerts News Dündar was jailed in November 2015 on charges of “obtaining and disseminating classified state information for the purpose of political or military espionage” and “support for an armed terrorist organization without being a member.” After three months in prison, he was released on the basis of a ruling by the Constitutional Court, which described his arrest as unconstitutional.center_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Exiled mediaJudicial harassment News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Exiled mediaJudicial harassment Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor It was after appearing in court on 6 May 2016 on various charges including “support for a terrorist organization,” that Dündar narrowly escaped an armed attack as he left the court building in the Istanbul district of Caglayan. The light sentence passed on his assailant (10 months in prison) convinced Dündar that he should leave Turkey. Dündar, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Germany since the summer of 2016, was given 15 days on 17 September – until 5 October – to return to Turkey and appear before a court in Istanbul or else he will be considered a fugitive from justice and all of his property and bank account assets in Turkey could be seized. RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more News The measure has been condemned by more than 500 prominent civil society figures, including journalists, writers and Turkish academy members (such as Baskin Oran, Necmiye Alpay, Hamit Bozarslan, Mihail Vasiliadis, Eren Keskin, Ergin Cinmen and Nurcan Baysal), who published a joint letter yesterday describing it as “contrary to the law and vengeful.” As Dündar himself said on ARTI TV: “In a four-minute hearing, the court decided on the destruction of what I and my family took 40 years to build.” Turkey is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Dündar’s legal problems began in 2015 when, as editor of the daily Cumhuriyet, he published a report headlined, “Here are the weapons that Erdogan said do not exist.” Erdogan responded by threatening him on the air on the state TV channel TRT: “The person who wrote that exclusive article will pay dearly. I won’t let him get away with it.” April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more