Thursday 24 August 2017

Brave Turkish journalist honoured

Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet. Picture: AP
Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet. Picture: AP
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Turkish journalist Can Dundar, former editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper.

The award was made in Durban, South Africa during the opening ceremony of the 69th World News Media Congress and 24th World Editors Forum.

"Journalists need courage because there is a cloud of fear hanging over them - fear is everywhere, and it is so powerful," said Mr Dundar in his acceptance speech, delivered in front of more than 700 publishers, CEOs and editors in chief. "I come from the biggest prison for journalists in the world: currently 150 of my colleagues are behind bars in Turkey, and imprisoning one member of the press intimidates hundreds of others."

Mr Dundar now lives in exile in Germany, having survived an assassination attempt outside an Istanbul court.

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