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European Journalists to monitor situation in occupied areas
2003-05-27 11:48:43

Nicosia, May 27 (CNA) -- The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) intends to continue monitoring the situation in Cyprus' northern Turkish occupied areas and make representations in support of Turkish Cypriot journalists fighting for press freedom and the right to freedom of expression.

In a resolution, adopted at its annual general meeting in Prague at the weekend, the Federation expressed ''profound concern and protest over the continuing suppression of the freedom of press and expression and the persecution of Turkish Cypriot journalists in the Turkish controlled northern part of Cyprus.''|

It condemns the policy and measures Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash applies that prevent free movement of journalists in their own country and forbid a prominent Turkish Cypriot journalist, Sener Levent, a critic of the Denktash regime, to travel outside the occupied areas.

The resolution calls on Ankara and Denktash ''to put an end to their illiberal measures and behaviour and to respect the rights and freedoms of the media.''

It urges the European Union and the UN to ''act urgently and effectively to this end.''

''The AGM calls on the steering committee of the EFJ to continue monitoring the situation in northern Cyprus and to make the necessary representations in support of our Turkish Cypriot colleagues fighting for press freedom and the right to freedom of expression,'' the resolution said.

The resolution was presented by the President of the Union of Cyprus Journalists Andreas Kannaouros.

CNA MM/GP/2003

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