The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was distraught to learn about yet another case of police brutality against media workers in Istanbul.
Michelle Demishevich, a journalist of the news broadcaster T24 was beaten by police in front of the Belgian Consulate in Istanbul on 1 June. As in the case of a Zaman journalist who was attacked by policemen on 31 May at Gezi Park, the officers that beat Demishevich were in civilian clothing.
The journalist was attacked while she was trying to attend a press statement given by the daughter of the President Tayyip Erdogan. A complaint has been filed with the police regarding this case.
“I am deeply concerned by the extent of the media freedom violations that are happening in Turkey. It is in the best interest of the Turkish government, the president and the people, that journalists work in a free environment. I urge Turkish authorities to swiftly initiate a transparent investigation into this case", stated SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic.
The press freedom work of the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.