Jul 11 2019

Rights group highlights journalist’s plight in Turkey with Washington Post ad

International press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders placed a full-page ad in the Washington Post on Wednesday to raise awareness on Turkish journalist Erol Önderoğlu, who faces 14 years in jail for supporting a Kurdish newspaper. 

The advertisement was published through the Press Freedom Partnership, a public service initiative of the Washington Post to support press freedom. The official account of the newspaper’s public relations team also shared the ad under the hashtag #SupportErol.

Önderoğlu, the representative of RSF in Turkey, is facing a 14 years and six months in jail over three articles published in 2016 in pro-Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem, which was shut down in the same year by the government along with nine more newspapers and two news agencies.

The journalist was detained in 2016 for his articles in Özgür Gündem, along with Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Turkey’s top torture expert, and writer Ahmet Nesin. Önderoğlu and Fincancı were released 10 days later, while Nesin stayed under detention for 20 days.