The request of United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks and 12 international rights organizations including PEN international, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) to become a party in the cases of arrested journalists in Turkey before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has been granted.
The request being a party covers the cases of journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Atilla Taş, Ahmet Şık and Şahin Alpay, as well as the journalists Murat Sabuncu, Akın Atalay, Kadri Gürsel, Bülent Utku in detention on remand in Cumhuriyet trial and journalists Murat Aksoy, Nazlı Ilıcak, Ali Bulaç and Deniz Yücel.
12 organizations became party
The 12 international rights organizations submitted their applications separately for the arrested journalists.
The 12 international rights organizations whose requests have been granted are:
Article 19, the Association of European Journalists, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Index on Censorship (Sansür Endeksi), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the International Press Institute (IPI), PEN International and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). (ÇT/DG)