The Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has launched a global solidarity campaign in support of imprisoned Turkish journalists and the government-seized media outlets on October 21.
“Turkey: 90 journalists in jail – have your say!” read the title of campaign calling on journalists all across the globe to show solidarity with their colleagues in Turkish prisons.
The failed coup has been followed by a state of emergency and excessive and indiscriminate measures to purge all individuals believed to be connected to the attempt. The Turkish authorities are now jailing journalists, shutting down radio and TV channels and censoring the internet in an attempt to silence criticism,” a statement made by IFJ on Oct. 18 stated.
IFJ’s campaign is consist of an online petition through which signatories urge Turkish government to release journalists and to re-establish signals of closed broadcasters; and a one-day “picture show” on social media.
“Add the name of [a jailed Turkish] journalist on an A4 paper, take a picture of yourself holding the sign,” IFJ called on media personnel from all around the world to post their above-described pictures on social media under #FreeThemAll hashtags on October 21.
The campaign got wide attention from media associations as well as independent journalists.