The UBJ Board considers as inadmissible the encroachment upon the one of the fundamental pillars of a democratic society – the media freedom and respecting the journalists’ rights to exercise their profession, without fear of repression.
During periods of political disturbances, which obviously is the present situation in Turkey, it is of the greatest importance, that the society be kept informed - fairly and from different points of view - about the events and the processes! This is the very essence of the journalists’ mission and work.
The arrests and trials against journalists in such situations could hardly be associated with anything elese, but an attempt to muzzle the critical opinion. Such methods can not help and only rouse a serious concern about the very basis of democracy in Turkey.
The UBJ Board endorses our Turkish colleagues, who are seeking a protection of the speech- freedom in their homeland, initiating the campaign "I am a journalist # Bengazeteciyim”.
The UBJ Board urges the authorities in Turkey to ensure the respect the journalistic rights of the Turkish colleges, as well as of the foreign correspondents, who implement their duty to inform the public all over the world about the events in this country, but undre extremely difficult conditions.
The UBJ Board notes that the violations of the media- and journalists’ freedom is an attack against the fundamental human rights, including the right of the people to obtain objective information about the social and political processes.
Aligned itself to the voice of the international journalistic community and supporting the already expressed IFJ and EFJ positions, the UBJ Managing Board categorically insists to be put an end of the wave of arrests and other repression against journalists in Turkey, as well as for guaranteeing the freedom of expression all over the country.