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Journalists of Turkey’s Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul protest a police raid of the media outlet, 2014.

18 July 2016 – PEN International is honoured to be one of nine freedom of expression and press freedom groups distinguished by the Turkish Journalists Association (TGC) with this year’s Press Freedom Prize. TGC announced last week they were awarding a coalition of international press freedom organisations with the award ‘for the unique solidarity unparalleled in the past, it showed against the assaults on press freedom in Turkey, for its efforts to bring to international platforms the violation of rights and for instilling in their Turkish colleagues the feeling that they are not alone.’

The organisations, which include PEN International, Reporters Without Frontiers, Committee for the Protection of Journalists, International Press Institute, Index on Censorship, International Federation of Journalists, European Federation of Journalists, Ethical Journalism Network, Article 19 and World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, have worked together to campaign against the ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression in Turkey, particularly over the last year.

‘PEN International is honoured to be given this award.’ said PEN International president, Jennifer Clement. ‘At a time when media freedom is deteriorating at an alarming rate in Turkey and press freedom is under siege, it is more important than ever to work together, to stand in solidarity with those facing relentless attacks, and to be the voices of those being silenced.’ 

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