Journalist in prison writes about violation of rights in Adana jail
Fatih Özgür Aydın, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Public Workers' Front is suffering from chronic crohn's disease. He is imprisoned in Adana F Type jail and wrote about the violations of rights to the Dicle Fırat Journalists Association.
41-year-old Fatih Özgür Aydın, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Public Workers' Front is suffering from chronic crohn's disease. He is in prison in Adana F Type. He listed the violations of rights in prison in a letter he wrote to the Dicle Fırat Journalists Association (DFG).
In the letter he said: “Many of our press workers and colleagues were tortured, detained and imprisoned. The AKP government uses every means to prevent the news about hunger, poverty and injustice from being reported. The 'Censorship Act' is another proof of their desperation. Before that, they tried many ways, but they could not achieve what they wanted. Neither the Censorship Laws, nor the detentions, nor the disinformation they carry out through the Directorate of Communications will work. The public has the right to access the right news, and real journalists will always find their way.”
Stating that the DFG's report titled "Journalism Between Four Walls" was not given to him by the prison administration, Fatih Özgür Aydın described the violations of rights in the prison. He wrote about the “gendarmerie's imposition of 'mouth search' during hospital/court referrals” and said that “since we do not accept this unlawfulness and arbitrariness, we are not referred to the hospital/court.”
Aydın added that “the purchase of stationery items sent by our families in parcels is prevented. The materials that have arrived before and are in the warehouse are also not given. Our books are not given to us by the prison administration. The parcels sent by our families were opened under our supervision and with our approval. Now they are opened without our approval and not in our presence. The amount of hot-cold water per day was limited and we are basically asked to both take a shower and wash our clothes with a bucket of hot water.”
Aydın ended his letter as follows: “Dear friends, we are experiencing many problems apart from these, of course. Our legal and de facto-legitimate struggle continues.”