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Standing up for journalism in Turkey

As part of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) campaign in support of journalists held in prisons or under threat of imprisonment in Turkey, I visited the country between 15 and 17 November. I attended two trials: other members of the EFJ’s governing board have also attended trials, and will continue to do so, in acts of solidarity. Continue reading Standing up for journalism in Turkey

Show trials in Turkey – and a plan of action

On 18 September, a meeting sponsored by the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign and the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers condemned the recent trials of lawyers and journalists in Turkey. The meeting – held in London – went on to set up a co-coordinating group to build a stronger solidarity campaign.

I joined a panel of speakers that included Margaret Owen, barrister and member of the Bar Human Rights Committee; Ali Has, a solicitor, who attended the lawyers’ trial in Turkey in July; and Tony Simpson, a member of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation and editor of The Spokesman.

The meeting was chaired by Professor Bill Bowing from Birkbeck College and President of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights.
What follows is my speech to the meeting. Continue reading Show trials in Turkey – and a plan of action