9 October 1998


Newspaper offices raided

Incident details


(IFJ/IFEX) - IFJ is disturbed by the recent raid and arrests at the Istanbul
offices of "Halk Icin Kurtulus". According to IFJ's information, on 7
October 1998 police officers raided the offices of "Halk Icin Kurtulus"
where they arrested 24 people, including the owners, editors and staff

The raid and the arrests were based on a warrant issued by the State
Security Court.

IFJ points out that the European Court of Human Rights has frequently held
Turkey to be in breach of its Convention obligations due to the mode of
operation and the activities carried out by the State Security Court.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to the Prime Minister:

  • urging him to release all those being held and to ensure that all press
    cases are handled by normal public tribunals and not the State Security

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz
    06573 Ankara, Turkey
    Fax: +90 312 417 0476 or +90 312 230 8896

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    International Federation of Journalists
    International Press Centre, Residence Palace
    Bloc C, second floor, Rue de la Loi, 155
    1040 Brussels
    Fax:+32 2 2352219
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