Turkey’s Kadri Gürsel: my detention is ‘punishment’
Prominent journalist writes government using own lack of evidence to keep holding him, others
IPI Turkey National Committee Vice Chair Emre Kızılkaya reads a letter from imprisoned colleague Kadri Gürsel during an event in Istanbul on Jan. 24 to mark the anniversary of the 1993 assassination of journalist Uğur Mumcu. This photo is a still from a video posted online by the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS).
Turkey’s government lacks evidence to support claims that Cumhuriyet journalists supported terrorists, so instead of bringing a failing case to trial, it is using arbitrary detention to punish them in retaliation for their work, Kadri Gürsel, one of those held, said in a letter from prison this week.