Europe’s security body has released a strongly-worded statement voicing concern over the targeting of prominent Turkish journalist Amberin Zaman by presidential hopeful Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
“Dunja Mijatović, OSCE [Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe] Representative on Freedom of the Media expressed concern today over the targeting of prominent Turkish journalist Amberin Zaman by the highest authorities in Turkey,” the OSCE said in a written statement released on Aug. 8.
Throughout the statement, the Erdoğan’s name was not cited, although his title was mentioned.
“I am alarmed by the latest example of intimidation and threats toward journalists in Turkey,” Mijatović said. “Critical ideas are indispensable elements of democratic debates and they need to be safeguarded and not attacked by the authorities. The widespread smear campaign against Amberin Zaman threatens her safety,” the representative added.