Socialist International’s declaration for solidarity of media freedom in Turkey



The editor-in-chief of the Cumhuriyet daily, Can Dündar and the Paper’s Ankara representative, Erdem Gül, have been arrested by a single member ‘court’ equipped by special authorities on charges of espionage through news published.

First time in the history of our Republic, an editor-in-chief of a journal was arrested on charges of espionage through news published which means that the freedom of media and independent justice are on danger.

The concept of ‘Democracy’ is something abstract so independency and separation of legislation, execution, judging and media are very important to make it a concrete matter observable by all citizens and measurable by all. In Turkey, the right of living is in danger and the freedom of expression loose elevation day by day. It is beyond tolerance limits to see that the government and the Republic President can not afford hearing even the smallest criticism.

It is an urgent matter for Turkey to return to a country in which individuals easily can live and freely announce their opinion. The human freedoms and rights is a universal matter and the developed Western democracies have their share to make it possible. In the capacity of the Vice President of the Socialist International, an organization 120 countries from all over the world, I have the duty of calling all our members to solidarity with the democratic powers and journalists in Turkey. As Einstein put it, “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

We, as the Socialist International, closely monitor limitations concerning the basic rights and freedoms in Turkey and expect Turkey to recover to a functioning separation of powers and a normalized democracy and the human rights in the fastest manner in Turkey.

Umut Oran

CHP-SI Vice President


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