Tweet for Freedom in Turkey: Say No to the Criminalization of Dissent!

Journalists and activists participate in a rally for press freedom and against the detention of journalists under anti-terrorism laws in the capital of Ankara (Photo Credit: Ümit Bektas/Reuters).

Journalists and activists participate in a rally for press freedom and against the detention of journalists under anti-terrorism laws in the capital of Ankara (Photo Credit: Ümit Bektas/Reuters).

In a major report this week, Amnesty International has outlined the wide range of legal tools that Turkish authorities have used to target political dissent and limit freedom of expressionScholars, students, journalists, human rights activists, and thousands of others have been subject to prosecution and lengthy punishment under these statutes. But you can join us in working for real reform in Turkey!

Amnesty has noted that:

The most negative development in recent years has been the increasingly arbitrary use of anti-terrorism laws to prosecute legitimate activities including political speeches, critical writing, attendance of demonstrations and association with recognized political groups and organizations – in violation of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.

In Turkey, famous artists, like Fazıl Say and elderly grandmothers, like Sultani Acıbuca, must equally watch what they say for fear of state prosecution.

The Time is now!

The Turkish government is currently considering a set of judicial reforms that it says will address these issues, but the truth is that the reforms currently envisioned are insufficient.

It is vital that we take action now to push the Turkish government to make the real reforms necessary to end its criminalization of dissent.

Take action! Your help is vital in calling attention to this issue. 

Sign the Amnesty petition!

Join our twitter action with suggested tweets like:

.@RT_Erdogan Dissenting opinion is not a crime. Protect the right to #freedomofexpression #Turkey #buyasaylaolmaz #yargıpaketi

.@RT_Erdogan Decriminalize dissent in #Turkey to express peaceful opinion is not a crime #buyasaylaolmaz #yargıpaketi #freedomofexpression

.@RT_Erdogan It is time for genuine #freedomofexpression reform in #Turkey #yargıpaketi #buyasaylaolmaz

Call on friends and family to help too!  Collective action makes a difference!

Stay informed!  Stay engaged!

This is a historic moment for Freedom of Expression in Turkey, and we need your help to make a difference.  Follow our work on Facebook or at our blog and consider joining Amnesty International – USA’s Turkey Regional Action Network.

There is a lot of work to do, but we’re just getting started!

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4 thoughts on “Tweet for Freedom in Turkey: Say No to the Criminalization of Dissent!

  1. I recently met a group of Turkish people and I was amazed by the fact that they didn't really know much about this. I would have expected them to talk to me about these problems for hours and hours.

  2. Freedom of speech is very important and I think it is an essential part of what makes us dignified human beings.

  3. If tweets will help then know that I'm doing my best. I'm sorry I can't do more, but at least I can do this.