Dicle Fırat Journalists Association says 11 journalists detained in May

Dicle Fırat Journalists Association (DFG) reported that 11 journalists were detained and 11 others were harassed in May.

The May violation report published by the DFG against journalists said: "Unfortunately, there is a systematic violation of rights in our country against journalists and the media they work for."

The report added: "These violations have now become intolerable torture."

The DFG continued: “We are calling out to the government led by the AKP and MHP; your efforts are in vain, you will not be able to intimidate journalists with these unlawful practices."

Stating that May was another month of violations of rights against journalists, the DFG said: “Six journalists who followed the demonstrations on the occasion of the ninth anniversary of the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul were detained, and around 10 journalists were subjected to severe violence and threats from the police. "This violence against journalists is a crime against humanity," said the report.

Calling for immediate action and punishment for the police perpetrating this violence against journalists, the DFG also reported the threats against journalists.

“When we look at the data for May, we see that more than ten women journalists have been systematically threatened in just one month,” said DFG, adding: “The last case of unlawful practices against women journalists was the arrest of Dicle Müftüoğlu, the co-chair of the Dicle Fırat Journalists Association.”

Calling for Müftüoğlu to be released, the DFG said: “Dicle Müftüoğlu is a journalist and will not be associated with any crime. Therefore, we demand that she be released as soon as possible.”

Disinformation law, the last abuse

The report also reacted to the "Disinformation law", which includes new sanctions against internet media, brought to the Parliament by the AKP-MHP government, and stated that this was "an attempt to put the last nail in freedom of the press".

The DFG warned that this law "will lead to a very dangerous process" and called on the draft law to be withdrawn."

According to the report, in May:

11 journalists were detained

11 journalists were harassed

10 journalists threatened

Journalists who followed the news in 11 incidents were blocked

There was a violation against journalists in prisons

Investigation launched against 4 journalists

Lawsuit filed against 5 journalists

4 journalists were sentenced to a total of 2 years, 3 months, 14 days in prison and a fine of 24,100 TL.

Trial of 42 journalists continued

The number of journalists in prison increased to 60

A journalist was fired

RTÜK gave 8 penalties to 4 broadcasts

Broadcast ban decision was made 6 times

8 websites shut down

14 news access blocked

Access to 3 virtual media content was blocked.