15 October 1998


Three journalists arrested

Incident details

Abdurrahman Dilipak, Ekrem Kiziltas, Ahmet Tasgetiren



(RSF/IFEX) - According to information released by RSF on 14 October 1998, on
12 October, three journalists from the Islamic press in Istanbul were
arrested. Abdurrahman Dilipak, editor of the Islamic daily "Akit", Ekrem
Kiziltas, editor-in-chief of the "Milli Gazete" daily, and Ahmet Tasgetiren,
editor of the islamic daily "Yeni Safak", were arrested by police. Though
two of the journalists have since been released, Kiziltas is still being
held. All three have been accused of "inciting religious hatred" after
having written articles concerning demonstrations which took place on 11
October protesting the decision by rectors to ban the wearing of head
scarves in universities. The three are also accused of having participated
in the demonstrations.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to the Minister of the Interior:

  • reminding him that under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human
    Rights, of which Turkey is a signatory, protection of "freedom of expression
    and freedom to receive or communicate information or ideas without
    interference from public authorities(...)" is guaranteed
  • urging him to hold a speedy inquiry to determine whether the journalists
    were arrested for carrying out their journalism duties or for other reasons
  • asking him to keep the world community informed of progress with the case

    Appeals To

    Mr. Kultu Aktas
    Minister of the Interior
    Ankara, Turkey
    Fax : +90 312 417 39 54

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
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    75002 Paris
    rsf (@) rsf.org
    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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