NUJ condemns imprisonment of Turkish journalists
29 January 2019
Ayşe Düzkan, who was sentenced last year for “propagandising for a terrorist organisation”, has been sent to Bakırköy prison in Instanbul.
Ayşe Duzkan is a board member of DISK Basin Is, an affiliate of International Federation of Journalists. She was given a sentence of 18 months last year and her colleague Hüseyin Aykol was given three years and nine months and Hüseyin Bektaş, Mehmet Ali Çelebi and Ragıp Duran were each also given an 18-month sentence.
The five journalists went to the prosecution office and Ayşe was photographed as she left for prison. She sent her best wishes to everybody.
The NUJ has “adopted” Ayşe as a mark of solidarity for all her work in the despotic state of president Recep Tayyip Erdoǧan; Turkey has one of the highest numbers of journalists in prison. The union strongly disputes the charges and has called for her and her colleagues’ immediate release.
Her union has said it will send her address, so colleagues can send her messages of solidarity.
Michelle Stanistreet said last year when the court gave out the sentences: "The world needs to make it clear to the Turkish regime that its brutal crackdown on journalists has to stop. Ayse and all those other journalists currently in prison have the full support and solidarity of all NUJ colleagues throughout the UK and Ireland and we will do all we can to press for an end to their incarceration."