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Sener Levent to be nominated for Lorenzo Natali Prize
2002-08-19 10:17:29

Nicosia, Aug 17 (CNA) -- The Union of Cyprus Journalists (UCJ) intends to nominate the Chief Editor of the Turkish Cypriot daily "Afrika" Sener Levent for the Lorenzo Natali International Prize for Journalism, Excellence in Reporting Human Rights, Democracy and Development, established by the countries of the European Union.

On 8 August, an illegal court in the Turkish-occupied part, found Sener Levent and Memduh Ener, editor of the same newspaper, "guilty of libel" against the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, the occupation army and Turkey, in connection with an article Ener wrote on 29 July 1999 and imposed on each of them a six-month "jail sentence".

UCJ said yesterday that it continued its representations and actions at home and abroad, denouncing the illegal "imprisonment" of the two Turkish Cypriot journalists and it had asked for a meeting with the Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Cyprus Zbigniew Wlosowicz.

The Union will stress during the meeting the need for the Secretary General Kofi Annan "to act urgently and decisively towards Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denkash to release the two journalists, stop the fascist prosecution of Avrupa and its journalists and respect the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression in the Turkish Cypriot community."|

The UCJ has also asked to meet with the Ambassadors of the EU member states and the permanent members of the UN Security Council in Nicosia.

The imprisonment of the two Turkish Cypriot journalists followed a series of harassment acts by the illegal regime against "Afrika" and its journalists.

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