Fear is growing for journalist Ceyda Karan, after the arrest on 31 October of the director, Murat Sabuncu, and 12 other colleagues at the progressive secular newspaper “Cumhuriyet” (“Republic”).
Karan is expected in Italy at the Forum of Mediterranean Women Journalists on November 23-24, but the flurry of arrests by the Turkish police makes her present position very critical.
Meanwhile, the Turkish president further tightened the noose of repression by arresting colleagues of Ceyda Karan during a spectacular raid a few days ago, and muzzling the oldest and most authoritative newspaper of opposition in Turkey. The Islamist government thus shows the world its ferocious face.
We look forward to meeting Ceyda Karan in Bari and Lecce to hear directly from her the story of the democratic involution of the Turkish republic.