On 20 June 2016, Turkish authorities arrested journalist Erol Önderoglu, the head of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey Sebnem Korur Fincani, and journalist and writer Ahmet Nesin.
All three men are in pretrial detention, and a trial date has not yet been set.
A champion for freedom of expression for over 20 years, Erol Önderoglu has worked as a journalist since 1995, and has been a correspondent since 1996 with Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
Önderoglu, Fincani, and Nesin are being charged with “terrorist propaganda” for participating in a solidarity campaign in which journalists and activists have been taking turns acting as co-editors of the Kurdish daily newspaper Özgür Gündem to protest its persistent harassment by judicial authorities.
Önderoglu, Fincani, and Nesin are among 44 journalists and activists who have participated in the solidarity campaign that began on 3 May 2016, World Press Freedom Day.
According to the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, "...the arrest of Önderoglu, Fincani, and Nesin appears to be part of a sinister trend in Turkey where proponents of free expression and press freedom are...rounded up and silenced."
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