Dec 20 2017

Turkey uses detention to punish journalists - RSF

“Turkey continues to be the world’s biggest prison for professional journalists” with 42 journalists and one media worker behind bars, rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said.

“Under the state of emergency, the right to due process no longer exists and arbitrary decision-making affects everyone. Criticising the government, working for a ‘suspect’ media outlet, contacting a sensitive source or even just using an encrypted messaging service all constitute grounds for jailing journalists on ‘terrorism’ charges,” RSF said.

Most of the detained journalists have yet to be convicted and provisional detention, an exceptional measure, is becoming systematic, as some journalists have been awaiting a verdict behind bars for 18 months, it said.

Turkey, China, Syria, Iran and Vietnam together have nearly the half of world’s imprisoned journalists, the report said.