ISTANBUL (Marmara)–A Committee to Protect Journalists delegation arrives in Turkey this weekend to investigate rampant press censorship and examine the situation of imprisoned journalists.
Leading the delegation–Committee Chairperson William Orn will focus attention on the case of Ochak Ucuk Yurtcu sentenced to 16 years in prison in 1994.
Joining the Committee to Protect Journalists will be world-renowned journalists who will also participate in the investigation of those imprisoned.
They have requested to meet with President Suleyman Demirel and other Turkish authorities.
Among those joining CPJ will be International Media Group Director Johann Fritz. Included in the CPJ delegation are Cable News Network’s Peter Arnet–and Associated Press reporter Terri Anderson–who was held hostage for five years in Lebanon in 1988.
The international representatives will present to Yurtcu a 1996 New York CPJ award he has yet to receive.
International response to the plight of Turkish journalists was ignited by a Turkish Journalists Council report pointing out that Turkey is considered a country with a large number of imprisoned journalists.
Currently–authorities claim 24 journalists and writers are imprisoned. CPJ reports claim there are 78 prisoners.
Details of the investigation will be publicized at a later date.