Thousands of Turkish journalists have taken to the streets in Istanbul demanding the release of colleagues jailed on charges of antigovernment activity.
Supported by activists, intellectuals, and some opposition parties, they chanted slogans including, ‘Don’t stay silent, or your turn will come’.
The demonstration was the second held in Istanbul in 10 days in reaction to the arrest earlier this month of seven journalists.
Media expert Haluk Sahim was quick to voice his concerns: ‘‘Turkish press freedom is in serious danger in my view because there are more than five thousands prosecutions, more than two thousands cases against reporters and some 68 reporters are in jail at the moment. There is a very strong sense of intimidation and people are afraid to speak up to express their opinions.’‘
The Freedom for Journalists Platform says at least 45 reporters are facing possible prison sentences, and there are court cases ongoing against more than 2000 others.