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Written Questions on press freedom in Turkey

turkey-press-freedom On September 1st, Marietje Schaake submitted the following Parliamentary Written Questions to the European Commission concerning press freedom in Turkey. Author: Marietje Schaake Subject: Press freedom in Turkey On August 31st, two British journalists working for VICE News were arrested in South Eastern Turkey along with their interpreter. They were accused of cooperating with the PKK and later of working for ISIS (1). On September 1 NTV offices were raided. And media are increasingly banned from reporting on certain topics (2). 1) How does the Commission assess these two incidents involving (European) journalists? And have steps been taken towards their release? 2) What consequences does the Commission attach to the crackdown on press freedom specifically, and on fundamental freedoms generally, in Turkey? 3) How will the role of foreign and Turkish media be safeguarded during the snap elections scheduled for November 1, to ensure restrictions do not hinder free and fair elections? (1) (2)
Marietje Schaake on Turkey: 08-06-2015 MEP: Turkish election results offer opportunity to improve EU-Turkey relations 21-05-2015 MEP: Turkey must reverse authoritarian trend to remain a key EU partner 20-05-2015 Plenary debate on the 2014 Progress Report on Turkey 22-04-2015 MEPs: We must defend all those standing on the front-line for free speech in Turkey 07-04-2015 Media (CNN) – Schaake: Turkey internet blockade is bad for business 06-04-2015 Media (Bloomberg) – Facebook, Twitter to Appeal as Turkey Blocks Social Media 31-03-2015 MEP responds to acquittal 236 suspects in Balyoz/Sledgehammer case wq-press-freedom-turkey