By Ilhan Tanir, Washington DCUS State Department spokesperson expressed “seriously concerns” with regards to early hours raids to Turkey’s secular and most selling newspaper Sözcü.
On Friday morning, with warrants issued for the arrest of the owner and three journalists at Turkey’s secular daily Sözcü, the date that coincided with May 19, a national holiday celebrating the beginning of the Independence War.
US State Department spokesperson, in an email, stated: “We are seriously concerned by the pattern of Turkish officials taking actions that appear to target those whose views differ from the government. The latest example includes the Turkish authorities’ decision to issue arrest warrants for executive staff at the Sozcu daily newspaper. We firmly believe that freedom of expression, including for speech and the media—even speech which some find controversial or uncomfortable—strengthens democracy and needs to be respected and protected. We urge Turkey to respect and ensure freedom of expression, fair trial guarantees, judicial independence, and other human rights and fundamental freedoms.”