Islamization of Turkey Update: “Manuscript raid in Turkey draws international criticism,” by Sera De Vor for HÃ¼rriyet Daily News, March 25 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
ANKARA – International and domestic press organizations condemned Friday recent police raids in Turkey targeting the manuscripts of an unpublished book, incidents that Turkish organizations described as “censorship.”
“Preventing a published book from being distributed is one thing, but forbidding the very possession of a draft book that has not been published sets a very dangerous precedent,” Johann Bihr from Reporters Without Borders told the HÃ¼rriyet Daily News & Economic Review.
A week after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan said the issue of press freedom in Turkey was being blown out of proportion, Istanbul police raided a printing house and a daily newspaper in search of an unpublished book, confiscating print copies and destroying all digital traces of the manuscript.
The book in question is by jailed journalist Ahmet ÅžÄ±k and deals with the alleged organization founded within the Turkish police by the Fethullah GÃ¼len Islamic community.
Reporters Without Borders is “really astonished” by the police confiscation of ÅžÄ±k”s manuscript, Bihr said.
“Whatever its content, ÅžÄ±k”s draft book represents a piece of work by a writer and journalist, not a weapon or drugs. Seizing all private copies of it and threatening those who don”t hand it over with prosecution is in complete contradiction with the principle of freedom of expression,” he said.
“Reporters Without Borders is really worried by these searches and the associated threats, which unfortunately take the Turkish judiciary one more step away from European and international standards,” Bihr added….