DFG: There are 79 journalists in prison

DFG has published its May report. As of 1 June, 79 journalists are imprisoned.

Dicle Fırat Journalists Association (DFG) has released its May Report on Rights Violations Against Journalists. The report draws attention to the detention of DFG co-chair Dicle Müftüoğlu and Mesopotamia Agency (MA) Editor Sedat Yılmaz on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day. "As we said at the time, two journalists were handcuffed on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day. We won’t forget this either…"

The DFG report noted that the pressure exercised by the government was felt in all areas of society for a long time, and is now at an extreme level. According to the report, the presidential and parliamentary elections were held in a period when the economy, politics, freedoms and life as a whole were at a stalemate point.”

The report said: "Our biggest goal is to become a country that does not occupy the bottom place of the world press freedom index, but experiences the opposite. We work not for a press that ignores and covers up the truth, but on the contrary, for one that brings that truth to light, no matter what the conditions are. Our struggle was for this and it will be for this in the future."

The violations reported in the May report are as follows:

* Journalists attacked: 8

* Journalists whose homes were raided: 6

* Journalists taken into custody: 9

* Journalists remanded in custody: 3

* Journalists subjected to ill-treatment: 4

* Threatened journalists: 4

* Journalists prevented from covering news: 11

* Violations against journalists in prisons: 4

* Journalists under investigation: 9

* Journalists prosecuted: 1

* Journalists fined: 8

* Journalists on trial: 71, number of files 42

* Number of imprisoned journalists (as of 1 June 2023): 79

* Closed website: 29

* News with a ban on access: 545

* Social media content with a ban on access: 18