“The press in Turkey is headed into the darkest episodes of its history”
In Boulevard Voltaire, March 28, 2016
Translated from French by Tom Winter, March 29, 2016
It’s no good being a journalist in today’s Turkey. Two of our colleagues are on closed-door trial in an Istanbul criminal court as a consequence of an article accusing Ankara of delivering weapons to Islamist rebels in Syria.** The chief charges laid against them are pure delirium: Espionnage, revealing state secrets, attempted coup d’etat and aiding a terrorist organization. The two have already spent 90 days in pre-trial detention. The prosecutor is seeking criminal confinement for life.
Their trial has been remanded to next week and will take place behind closed doors for “reasons of national security” but actually to prevent European diplomats and defenders of human rights being present there.
** The newest evidence supporting these reporters is found in documents captured in Syria.