Mar 06 2018

German stamps commemorating jailed Turkish journalists sell out

A series of 5,000 commemorative stamps featuring the faces of jailed Turkish politicians, journalists and human rights activists has sold out in Germany, left-wing news site Artı Gerçek said.

The stamps, featuring the former co-chairs of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, the main opposition Republican People’s Party parliamentarian Enis Berberoğlu, philanthropist Osman Kavala, and journalists Ahmet Şık, Murat Sabuncu, Ahmet Altan and Deniz Yücel, had seen a great amount of interest from the public, the site said.

All the figures were in jail at the time when the stamps were printed in late January; Deniz Yücel was released on Feb. 16.

The stamps were created by Hamburg-based Turkish-language news site Avrupa Postası, but Artı Gerçek said they could be used like any other stamp to send post.

Avrupa Postası’s editor-in-chief Adil Yiğit said German rights and press freedom groups had bought some of the stamps in symbolic solidarity.