UNESCO expresses concern with situation of journalists in Turkey
Following the coup attempt in Turkey on 15 July and while recognizing the circumstances of the prevailing situation in the country, the Director-General of UNESCO expresses deep concern at the situation in Turkey in regard to press freedoms, in particular journalists, editors and media workers.
On the right to freedom of expression, the Director-General is aware, at the present moment, of the arrests and warrants for arrest of 42 journalists, cancellation of licenses of 24 broadcasters, decertification of another 25 media houses and blocking of website.
While Turkey is in a declared state of emergency, the role of a free press is fundamental for establishing transparency and accountability on the situation in the country at this critical moment.
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