CPJ slams legal treatment towards scribes in Turkey
NEW YORK - Hürriyet Daily News
The article underlines the convictions of two journalists, Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener. Above is seen a protest photo in front of the court during the two’s trial. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜRELA recent analysis published on the website of Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) slams the treatment of journalists in Turkey, saying that many journalists - especially Kurdish and leftist sympathizers - face extremely harsh legal treatment.
Written by the Deputy Director of the CPJ, Robert Mahoney, the article says that a critical journalist in Turkey these days needs a lawyer on standby: “The press is laboring under a creaking judicial system and a panoply of antiquated and vague legislation that officials and politicians of every stripe find irresistible as a weapon against muckraking reporters and critical commentators,” the article reads.
Mahoney also says the legal system has become a battleground between the ruling Justice and Development Party and Kemalists, ultranationalists of the old order known as the “deep state.”
“Add to this a concentration of media ownership among conglomerates reluctant to jeopardize their vast non-media business interests by angering authorities, and journalists of all political persuasions feel exposed,” the article continues. The outcome in many cases is chronic self-censorship by reporters and commentators fearful of prosecution or losing their jobs, it concludes.