Union of Cyprus Journalists expresses support for Turkish Cypriot journalist who might be facing imprisonment

The Union of Cyprus Journalists expressed support to Turkish Cypriot journalist Ali Kişmir, who could be facing up to ten years imprisonment in the Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus over an opinion editorial he wrote in the past.

According to a announcement by the Union of Cyprus Journalists, issued Wednesday, Kişmir, who is the head of the Turkish Cypriot Press Workers’ Union (Basın-Sen), is again being prosecuted by the “police” in the occupied territories for an article published a year and a half ago in which he criticised Turkey, the AKP government and the Turkish occupation army for their interference in the internal affairs of the Turkish Cypriot community. As a result, the announcement goes on, Kişmir is being brought before a “criminal court” facing charges that could lead to up to ten years in prison and a ban to exit the Turkish-occupied areas.

It is also noted that the prosecution of Kişmir has already been strongly condemned by the European and International Federation of Journalists, while a delegation of the UCJ will be joined by Basın-Sen members at a protest rally outside the “criminal court” on Monday 28 February to express their strong protest against the prosecution and attempted silencing of Ali Kişmir.


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