Target: President of Turkey, Abdullah Gul
Goal: Don’t jail journalists for exposing the abuses of the state security forces
The government of Turkey should immediately rescind a law that will put journalists in jail for exposing the abuses of the state security forces. Journalists and editors could face up to nine years in jail for doing their jobs. The “Law Amending the Law on State Intelligence Services and the National Intelligence Agency” was passed and put into action in late April. The law will also decrease the right to privacy and media freedom. These restrictions violate Turkey’s obligations under international human rights law.
The state security agency, MIT, is also protected under the law. If any member of the security forces commits a human rights violation, they will not be subject to prosecution. The law also gives security forces access to private data of any Turkish citizen. This surveillance must only be undertaken in exceptional circumstances with the oversight of the judiciary.
The opposition party, the Republican People’s Party, has filed for annulment of the law. It seems as if the opposition are the only ones who are worried about protecting the human rights of the people of Turkey. The law will undoubtedly prevent journalists from reporting the human rights abuses committed by those supposed to be in charge of protecting the citizens of Turkey. Sign this petition to call for the immediate repeal of this unjust law.
Dear President Abdullah Gul,
The “Law Amending the Law on State Intelligence Services and the National Intelligence Agency” that recently passed through your legislature should immediately be repealed. The law will not allow journalists from reporting on abuses committed by the security forces. This is a violation of freedom of expression and a violation of international human rights law.
In addition, the law will permit unlawful surveillance of Turkish citizens. This is a violation of their right to privacy. I ask that your government do more to protect the human rights of the citizens of Turkey.
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