PPF concerned over detention of Turkish journalist
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, expressed concern over the arrest and continued prosecution of investigative journalist Ahmet Sik.
PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali urged the government of Turkey to properly investigate the charges against Ahmet, failing which he must be immediately released. The letter also emphasized the need to end the crackdown against media professionals, activists and writers by the Egyptian government.
According to IPS Communication Foundation – Bianet, Turkish police arrested Ahmet on Dec. 30 on charges of making propaganda on behalf of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ).
Ahmet had previously been detained for having written that the Turkish state had been infiltrated by the Fethullah Gülen movement.
Ahmet, who is also a recipient of UNESCO’s Press Freedom Award, is one of Turkey’s premier investigative journalists and the author of several books.
PPF urged the authorities in Turkey to review its record on press freedom and called on the President to ensure that the sanctity of press freedom remains intact.