6 October 2003


Journalists threatened

Incident details

Shener Levent, Ali Osman


(IPI/IFEX) - The following is a 3 October 2003 letter to Rauf R. Denktash, leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community, by the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an IPI affiliate:

3 October 2003

H.E. Rauf R. Denktash
Leader of the Turkish-Cypriot Community
"Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus"

Fax: +90 392 22 722 52

Vienna, 3 October 2003

Your Excellency,

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is deeply concerned about the safety of journalists working for the Turkish-Cypriot newspaper AFRIKA.

According to information before SEEMO, on 30 September 2003 the leaders of the "Grey Wolves" organisation from the so-called "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" threatened two Afrika journalists, Shener Levent and Ali Osman, as well as their colleagues, via the local newspaper, Volkan.

Therefore, SEEMO calls upon the Turkish-Cypriot authorities to do everything in their power to secure a working environment for journalists in which freedom of expression is respected and the physical safety of journalists ensured.

We thank you for your attention.

Yours sincerely,

Oliver Vujovic
SEEMO Secretary General


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