G/C journalists condemn charges against T/C colleagues
Nicosia, Sep 17 (CNA) ? The Union of Cyprus Journalists has strongly denounced a new wave of persecution of Turkish Cypriot journalists in the Turkish-occupied northern part of Cyprus, describing it as an escalation of the unrelenting campaign and effort by the occupation regime to strangle the voices of those who are trying to end the occupation.
According to the UCJ, so called officials of the ?judicial office? visited the paper last week and ?filed? against 15 of its journalists and columnists more than a hundred new ?charges? regarding articles they had published in both ?Avrupa? and ?Afrika? newspapers.
The minimum ?sentence? for each ?charge? is five years in prison.
Among the ?charges?, the UCJ said, were ?insulting? the command of the Turkish Security Forces and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, publishing articles which cause people to loose their ?love towards the army service and hating the army? and ?humiliating? the representatives of Turkey.
The Union declared its ?resolute solidarity with the journalists and the columnists of ?Afrika? and called on the UN, the EU, the Council of Europe, the International and the European Federations of Journalists, the International Press Institute and other organisations to condemn the ?suppressive and silencing activities and measures of the Denktash regime?.
It also asked them to demand an end to the persecution of Turkish Cypriot journalists and respect of the freedom of press and expression in the Turkish Cypriot community.