Norsk PENs komité for fengslede forfattere har sendt brev til president Erdogan (se under) med krav om umiddelbart å løslate journalist Cemil Ugur, som sitter fengslet anklaget for å være medlem av en terrororganisasjon og å spre propaganda for en ulovlig organisasjon. Anklagene mot Ugur kom da han i august rapporterte fra en solidaritetsmarkering for fengslede skribenter, utenfor et fengsel i Mersin.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Oslo, October 20th 2016
Dear President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,
The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee is expressing serious concern about the situation for the journalist Cemil Uğur, who is being held in Mersin E Type Closed Prison. We are calling for Cemil Uğur’s immediate and unconditional release whom we consider is being held solely in connection with the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression.
We are also calling for all detained writers and journalists to have access to lawyers and to be released if they are not to be charged with a recognizably criminal offence and tried promptly in accordance with international fair trial standards.
Member of Writers in Prison Committee
The Turkish Embassy in Norway
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs