Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika and its staff have been seriously threatened since the newspaper published a cartoon of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan which is considered as an insult by Turkish authorities.
In the latest in a series of actions against the “Afrika” newspaper, police forcibly entered the publication’s premises and removed a banner hanging from its balcony.
A gunman tried to enter the offices of “Afrika” newspaper, shot at editor Ali Osman and threatened the life of journalist and publisher Sener Levent.
Journalists reporting on the violent dispersal of a protest in North Nicosia were beaten and their cameras were broken.
The IFJ says that journalists working in the northern part of Cyprus face extremely difficult conditions with almost daily press freedom violations as well as intimidation against journalists who dare to report on controversial issues.
Attackers opened fire on the door of “Afrika” newspaper and left a warning that next time the shots would target editor Sener Levent.
Andis Hadjicostis, of the Dias Media Group, was shot outside his home and died at the scene while his killers fled.
IFJ has demanded that the Turkish government and the authorities in the north of Cyprus renew their investigation into the killing of journalist Kutlu Adali.
(IPI/IFEX) – The following is a 31 March 2009 press release by the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an IPI affiliate: SEEMO/IPI supports the Union of Cyprus Journalists in defending the role of the media Vienna, 31 March 2009 According to information before SEEMO, on 19 March 2009, the Criminal Court of Cyprus accused […]
(IFJ/IFEX) – The following is a 16 November 2007 media release of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), an IFJ regional group: Press Freedom in Cyprus Challenged by New Cases of Intolerance, Says the EFJ Today the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European group of the International Federation of Journalists, strongly condemned the repeated […]
(IFJ/IFEX) – The following is a 29 October 2007 media release of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), an IFJ regional group: EFJ Backs Cyprus Journalists in Condemnation of Threats against Newspaper The International Federation of Journalists and its regional group, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), today condemned an attack on the newspaper Africa […]
(IFJ/IFEX) – The following is a 6 February 2007 media release of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), an IFJ regional group: EFJ Protests over Attack on Journalist in Northern Part of Cyprus The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today condemned the attack on Huseyin Chakmak, a cartoonist and columnist for Turkish Cypriot newspaper Afrika. […]
(WPFC/IFEX) – The following is a 15 December 2006 WPFC letter to Turkish Cypriot Attorney General Akin Sait: Dec. 15, 2006 Mr. Akin Sait Attorney General Attorney General’s Office Saray Square Lefkosa Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Mersin 10 Turkey Dear Mr. Sait: On behalf of the World Press Freedom Committee – an organization representing […]