NUJ calls for immediate release of Jake Hanrahan & Philip Pendlebury
1 September 2015
The union is calling on the Turkish authorities to release both British journalists and their local journalist translator/guide immediately.
Turkey should respect freedom of expression and the right to report. Journalists are not terrorists.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
"We are calling on the Turkish government to immediately release Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury and to stop targeting journalists working in the country.
"The NUJ continues to be alarmed at the scale of attacks against press freedom in Turkey - a member of the Council of Europe and the government should abide by article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights on freedom of expression.
"Our colleagues who are currently detained in Turkey must be release immediately and unconditionally. They are not terrorists – they are journalists and should not be treated as criminals."
What you can do to help:
Contact the Turkish government and London embassy to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Jake Hanrahan, Philip Pendlebury and their local journalist translator/guide.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Fax: +90 312 525 58 31
Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ
Milli Müdafaa Caddesi No: 22
Fax: +90 312 419 33 70
His Excellency Mr. Abdurrahman Bilgic
43 Belgrave Square
Fax: +44 20 73 93 00 66, +44 20 73 93 92 13