France continues to monitor with the utmost attention the judicial proceedings against journalists and academics in Turkey.
The new hearing in the trial of Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, chief editor and correspondent in Ankara of the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, is taking place today behind closed doors. France cannot therefore be represented at the hearing.
Our embassy will however attend the hearing that is taking place today in the trial of four academics, who had signed a petition criticizing the situation in southeastern Turkey and who have been detained, in some cases, since March 15.
France reaffirms that the pluralism of the media and civil society, as well the expression of critical views and the right to inform, are essential components of democratic debate.