When riot police stormed the Istanbul offices of Turkey's largest newspaper, the daily Zaman, on March 4 following a court-ordered takeover, the Committee to Protect Journalists sent a public letter to Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, expressing dismay at the government's actions and calling on him to uphold press freedom in Turkey.
Since the Turkish daily Zaman and its English-language sister publication Today's Zaman were taken over by court-appointed trustees last month, over accusations of terrorist propaganda, the papers' journalists have witnessed riot police fill their newsrooms, the arrests of colleagues, and the loss, through resignations and dismissals, of fellow journalists.
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8 Mart 2016
Ekselansları Ahmet Davutoğlu
Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Başbakanı
Vekaletler Caddesi Başbakanlık Merkez Bina
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Sayın Başbakan Davutoğlu,
Bağımsız ve uluslararası bir basın özgürlüğü grubu olarak biz Gazetecileri Koruma Komisyonu'ndakiler, devletin Zaman ve Today's Zaman gazeteleri ile Cihan Haber Ajansı'nı barındıran Feza medya grubunun kontrolüne el koymasından dolayı dehşete düştüğümüzü ifade etmek istiyoruz. Eğer mahkemeler itirazları kabul etmezse bu el koymanın Türkiye'nin geriye kalan bağımsız ve eleştirel gazetecilere ürpertici bir mesaj göndereceğinden endişeliyiz.
CPJ writes to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to protest the government's takeover of the Feza media group, which runs the newspapers Zaman and Today's Zaman and the Cihan news agency.
New York, 4 Mart, 2016 - Gazetecileri Koruma Komitesi bugün Türkiye'de bir İstanbul mahkemesinin Türkçe yayımlanan Zaman ve İngilizce kardeş yayını Today's Zaman'a kayyum atanması yönündeki kararından dolayı endişe duydu. The Associated Press ve CPJ'in de incelediği belgeye göre bir İstanbul savcısının gazeteleri terörizm propagandasıyla suçlamasıyla verilen karar gazetelerin editöryel ve yönetim kurullarına mahkeme tarafından atılan kayyum getirtebileceği anlamına geliyor.
New York, March 4, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a ruling in Turkey today under which an Istanbul court will appoint trustees for the Turkish language Zaman and its English-language sister publication, Today's Zaman. The ruling, brought by an Istanbul public prosecutor who accuses the papers of terrorist propaganda, means court-appointed staff could replace the papers' editorial board and management, according to The Associated Press and a copy of the ruling seen by CPJ.
Dear Prime Minister Davutoğlu: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express alarm at a fresh wave of anti-press actions in Turkey and to ask that you use the power of your office to reverse the measures.
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