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Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has slammed the arrest of two educators who have been on hunger strike for more than two months, calling on the government to “not cause an unforgettable disgrace to humanity."
A French journalist held in Turkey for over two weeks has begun a hunger strike to protest his detention, press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on May 23.
Amnesty International on May 22 accused the Turkish government of implementing “arbitrary dismissals” of public sector workers since the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, widely believed to have been masterminded by the followers of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen.
Police detained the finance manager of critical daily Sözcü on May 23, days after detention warrants were issued for four of the newspaper’s staff members as a part of an investigation into the Gülen movement
Turkish critical daily Sözcü has published a “May 19 Press Freedom Special Edition,” left blank to protest the detentions of some staff members.
An Ankara court on May 23 ordered the arrest of two educators, Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, who have been on hunger strike for over 75 days in protest at being dismissed from their posts through state of emergency decrees.
Some 123 Turkish journalists are fugitives abroad, while 159 of them were in jail as of the end of April, according to a report by the Turkish Journalists Association (TGC)
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on May 23 ruled that freedom of expression was breached in the case of the seizure of a draft novel written by a prisoner in the eastern Turkish province of Erzurum in 2004.
Journalists staged protests in Istanbul and Ankara to demand the release of daily Cumhuriyet journalists, executives and employees on the 200th day of their arrest on May 18.