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Mustafa Balbay's Search for Justice

MUSTAFA BALBAY, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT (MP), JOURNALIST-WRITER – DECEMBER 11, 2012

REFLECTIONS AND COMMENTARIES

TO BRITISH PRESS,

Dear Colleagues,

Given my journalism activities, I have been held in custody for 4 years in İstanbul-Silivri penitentiary, that processes the same qualities that are similar to a NAZI Concentration Camp!

The trial that I am being judged is established inside the penitentiary specially.

Turkey is moving away from the principles of “rule of law” very quickly and we fear that in the future  there will be much uncertainty of how the law will be adjudicated, will be practiced upon whom, when and, how.

Especially against the backdrop of the trials of İstanbul-Silivri, the law has been placed in the hands of the government and is being used as a tool for revenge.

For example, in the ever-ongoing Ergenekon trial, there are many people from journalists to rectors, from MPs to military personnel, who have been linked to the events they have been allegedly involved with; crimes have produced out of their life styles and professions.

In this trial, there has been torture that is unprecedented even since the Middle Ages, the punishments that the prosecutor wants will be stated on December 13.

We invite you to say “no to the unlawfulness in Turkey” in every venue you see fit, but especially in social media on that day.

Currently, in Turkey there are approximately 100 journalists (due to this case) held in prison.

I invite you to show your occupational solidarity with the journalists in Turkey, and wish from you to make Turkey and the world feel your sensibility.

TO OUR COMPATRIOTS IN BRITAIN,

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Turkey is moving away from the principles of “rule of law” very quickly and we fear that in the future there will be much uncertainty of how the law will be adjudicated, will be practiced upon whom, when and, how.

Especially against the backdrop of the trials of İstanbul-Silivri, the law has been placed in the hands of the government and is being used as a tool for revenge.

For example, in the ever-ongoing Ergenekon trial, there are many people from journalists to rectors, from MPs to military personnel, who have been linked to the events they have been allegedly involved with; crimes have produced out of their life styles and professions.

In this trial, there has been torture that is unprecedented even since the Middle Ages, the punishments that the prosecutor wants will be stated on December 13.

We invite you to say “no to the unlawfulness in Turkey” in every venue you see fit, but especially in social media on that day.

With regards,

Mustafa Balbay, Member of Parliament (MP), Journalist-Writer

Silivri Penitentiary

İstanbul

 

This publication as follows:

Balbay, Mustafa (December, 2012), “Mustafa Balbay’s Search for Justice: Letters to the Media and His Compatriots in  the United Kingdom”, Vol. I, Issue 10, pp.18-20, Centre for Policy Analysis and Research on Turkey (ResearchTurkey), London, ResearchTurkey. (http://researchturkey.org/?p=2438)

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