Turkey's crackdown on press freedom has been making life increasingly difficult for journalists in the country. Faruk Balikci, who has reported from Diyarbakir for 25 years, says it hasn't been this bad for journalists for a long time.
Arrest warrants have been issued for 35 media professionals and at least nine were arrested in a series of raids. Reporters Without Borders ranks Turkey at 155 out of 180 countries in its press freedom index.
The trials against journalists in Turkey are absurd - that's what the president of the German PEN Center, Regula Venske, told DW in an interview. In her view, these human rights violations must be criticized.
Employees of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet are being tried on charges including the alleged support of "terrorist organizations." The case is seen as a indicator of the state of the Turkish justice system.
As trial begins for the journalists of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, PEN Germany calls upon President Erdogan to release them, along with all political prisoners.
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