Jan 10 2018

Kurdish journalist Nedim Türfent wrote letter about prison conditions

Kurdish journalist Nedim Türfent has been in prison since March 12, 2016, and his case is an example of the lack of press freedom in Turkey when it comes to challenging security policy, Frederike Geerdink, a Dutch journalist, wrote in Byline.

Türfent was threatened online by accounts with connections to the Turkish state when he reported about intensifying armed conflict between the Turkish army and Kurdish insurgents that took place in cities and towns in southeast Turkey.

One of the things that particularly got Türfent into trouble, Geerdink wrote, was publishing a leaked video in which a security officer was heard shouting “You will see the strength of Turks!” to a group of Kurdish men lying on the ground, handcuffed.

Geerdink published sections of a letter Türfent wrote:

Iron, mass of concrete, wire fences, iron banisters and walls. I can glance at the sky through only one-palm point of view. A twenty-four steps courtyard to walk in, for ten hours a day. Namely, a climate as dark as pitch. Passing through dark ages, I am embracing even each glimmer of hope.

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Here, I have limited rights in the prison, especially they limited the rights more and more following ongoing martial law. Almost all of our rights have been suspended or restricted. Every prisoner has the right of chatting, sports and courses, except me, and few others. I can own only ten books and five magazines. The right to call family is ten minutes twice a month.

https://www.byline.com/column/57/article/2000