‘Free Turkey Media’ protest called during Erdoğan visit to London

English PEN, Index on Censorship, Reporters Without Borders, Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI) and IFEX called for a “Free Turkey Media” protest in London on May 15 to protest a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

In their joint call, the organisations noted the government crackdown against journalists and academics in Turkey since the 2016 coup attempt. 

“With so many of journalists and other writers at risk in Turkey, it is essential that we come together to support our imprisoned colleagues,” English PEN said in its call for the protests. 

The protest will take place outside the Turkish Embassy in London between 9 am and 11 am on May 15 and the protestors will call for the release of Turkey’s imprisoned journalists.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is to meet Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May on his upcoming visit to the United Kingdom from Sunday to Tuesday next week, Hürriyet newspaper said.

Erdoğan is visiting the U.K. to represent his country at the annual bilateral “Tatlı Dil Forum”, a day bringing together various businessmen and politicians from both Turkey and the United Kingdom.

This year’s Tatlı Dil Forum focuses mostly on how Brexit will affect the two countries’ economic relations, as well as consideration of how the two countries can better co-ordinate their relations with Russia and the United States.