Vienna, 27 November 2016 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) has called out to authorities in Turkey to immediately release Hatice Kamer, a journalist who was jailed on Saturday, 26 November in the Siirt region.
Kamer, who works for BBC’s Turkish language service was trying to interview family members of miners who suffered in a mine collapse on 17 November, which killed ten people. She was detained without explanation or further comments from authorities.
“The journalists’ arrests in Turkey are unacceptable” SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic said today. “We call on authorities to release those imprisoned on false or inadequate allegations. Turkish media workers are in dire need of actual help” Vujovic added.
SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe and its press freedom work is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.