On Wednesday morning, Reporters Without Borders organized the first news conference to be given by Cumhuriyet editor Can Dündar since his release from Silivri prison on 26 February, ending 92 days in pre-trial detention. “Right from the very first hearing in our trial, on 25 March, we are going to fully expose the state’s crimes,” Dündar told a packed room. “We are not going to defend ourselves. We are going to put the state’s crimes on trial.”
“Yes, international pressure is effective,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “For millions of people in Turkey and elsewhere, Can Dündar now symbolizes the very essence of journalism. We will not rest until the absurd charges have been dropped. We will be there at the opening of his trial on 25 March. Mr. Erdogan, we hold you responsible for Can Dündar’s safety.”
Let’s continue to campaign for Can Dündar and all the other Turkish journalists who are being prosecuted just for wanting to keep us informed.