OSCE CALLS ON TURKEY TO STOP INTIMIDATING MEDIA

PanARMENIAN.Net
March 4, 2011 - 12:01 AMT 08:01 GMT

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatoviń~G,
called on Turkish authorities to immediately stop intimidating media
following police action against several journalists.

Turkish police took at least six journalists into custody early this
morning. Police also raided the journalists' homes and offices and
confiscated equipment.

"This unprecedented conduct by the authorities violates basic OSCE
media freedom commitments. It targets and suppresses differing and
critical voices," Mijatoviń~G said, according to OSCE website.

"Actions like this have a strong chilling effect on media freedom. It
clearly illustrates the need for Turkey to reform its media laws,
as noted repeatedly by my office," she said. "I call on the Turkish
authorities to stop intimidating and threatening journalists. The
detained journalists should be immediately released without any
conditions."




From: A. Papazian