Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, received Can Dundar, former editor-in-chief of the Turkish daily newspaper “Cumhuriyet.”
They discusseed the state of press freedom in Turkey, following the large number of arrests of journalists, including members of the editorial staff of “Cumhuriyet,” and the closing of several media outlets.
They notably took stock of the situation of Can Dundar, sentenced by the court of first instance to 5 years and 10 months in prison in May, as well as the trials of Erol Onderoglu, Turkey’s representative to Reporters Without Borders, journalist Ahmet Nesin, and Sebnem Korur Fincanci, President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, whose first hearing was held on November 8. Our Consulate General in Istanbul attended the hearing.
As the EU just reaffirmed today, we are, together with our European partners, concerned by the violations of press freedom in Turkey. We call on Turkey to comply with its international commitments regarding the respect of freedoms, notably under the European Convention on Human Rights.