Imprisoned Journalist Nedim Sener deserves a free trial
  • Petitioned Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: Prime Minister of Turkey

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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: Prime Minister of Turkey

Imprisoned Journalist Nedim Sener deserves a free trial

    1. Nayana Jayarajan
    2. Petition by

      Nayana Jayarajan

      Vienna, Austria

“I was ready to pay the price to reveal the truth.” When Turkish author, investigative reporter, and International Press Institute (IPI) World Press Freedom Hero Nedim Şener published his 2007 book on the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, he understood the peril faced by journalists in Turkey.

Mr. Şener is now paying that price. Last week, he spent his 250th day in prison, though he has not been convicted of any crime. Next week, on 22 November, he is scheduled to face a first hearing on apparently baseless charges that he belongs to an armed terrorist group.

This March, Mr. Şener was arrested and accused of being part of the so-called Ergenekon plot, in which an alleged clandestine ultra-nationalist organisation with ties to military and security forces is said to have plotted to use terrorism to overthrow the government. The investigation against Mr. Şener is being carried out by the same law-enforcement figures whom he accused of neglect in his book on Hrant Dink.

Mr. Şener’s case is the Turkish government’s latest salvo in its assault on press freedom. By the government’s own admission, at least 50 other journalists are behind bars in the country, making Turkey one of the world’s leading jailers of journalists.

In a 26 October letter to IPI, Mr. Şener wrote, “At the end of the day, the indictment and its appendix show that the prosecution’s only charge against me is journalism. Therefore, it is journalism that will be tried in court.” He resolved to fight for the pursuit of truth “until the end of my life”.

No journalist should be imprisoned for reporting the truth. That Mr. Şener sits behind bars is a tragedy and casts a dark shadow over Turkey’s professed commitment to an open and democratic society.

IPI stands with Mr. Şener and is fighting to do all it can to free him and all others who are in jail for practising journalism. IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie said of Mr. Şener, “I want him to know that neither I nor IPI will rest until we are able to see him face-to-face, no bars in sight.”

But IPI needs your help.

We need you to write to Prime Minister Erdoğan and tell him that you value the truth. Let him know that you support Mr. Şener and freedom of the press in Turkey. Let him know that there are those who care about the freedom of expression, and the peoples' right to know.

Urge the Prime Minister to conduct any legal proceedings against Mr. Şener as transparently as possible or to otherwise release him immediately.

Free Press. Free World.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Court Declines to Free Nedim Şener, Others, Pending Recusal Request

      Nayana Jayarajan
      Petition Organizer

      A court in Istanbul today sent International Press Institute (IPI) World Press Freedom Hero Nedim Şener and other journalists accused of supporting a coup plot back to pre-trial detention while another panel reviews a motion to recuse the presiding judge for bias.
      IPI Vice Chairman Pavol Múdry, a member of the board of IPI’s Slovakian Committee who was at today’s hearing with IPI Press Freedom Adviser for Europe and North America Steven M. Ellis, blasted the decision.
      “It is simply unacceptable to put people in jail and deny them a free trial based on manipulation of the judicial system,” he said.
      IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie agreed.
      “To hold him in pre-trial detention for over 250 days without publicly providing any evidence to justify such a step is even worse. But to put punishment before conviction is unconscionable and mocks justice and the presumption of innocence.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Nedim Sener's trial tomorrow

      Nayana Jayarajan
      Petition Organizer

      IPI will be at the courthouse, along with representatives of many other international organisations. Thank you so much to everyone for all your support so far. Please keep spreading the word!

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. IPI Member Visits Nedim Sener in Prison

      Nayana Jayarajan
      Petition Organizer

      "I don’t know if you are aware of it, but Nedim Şener is the last investigative journalist Turkey raised. I stand behind my argument: Have you read or watched one tiny bit of a story that is the product of real investigative journalism in the Turkish media since Nedim was arrested? Who can say “Yes” to this question with peace of mind?"
      A chilling article about the impact Sener's sentencing will have on freedom of the press in Turkey. Please sign the petition to help stop the death of investigative journalism in Turkey!

    7. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 2 years ago

      As a Chaairman of Slovak Association of Spokesmen I believe in freedom of expression and need ofmutual institutional oversight. It´s hard to do that from the prison...

    • Laszlo M. Lengyel BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm the executive co-chairman of the Hungarian Press Union

    • Vardar Vardar BERLIN, GERMANY
      • over 2 years ago

      Calling for justice

    • sibel cakan ISTANBUL, TURKEY
      • over 2 years ago

      justice for everyone

    • Bedi Durham ANKARA, TURKEY
      • over 2 years ago

      Because Mr Şener is being held in custudy for months without any reasonable charge.


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