France was concerned to hear of the prison sentences of 5 years and 10 months and 5 years handed down on May 6 to Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, editor in chief and correspondent, respectively, of the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet. The court decisions have been appealed.
We reaffirm our attachment to the freedom of expression and press freedom, which are guaranteed by international law and which form an essential component of any democratic society.
France also strongly condemns the attack against Can Dundar outside the court building. It calls for full light to be shed on this matter.