|İdil, the Director of Amnesty International Turkey, was detained along with nine others during a workshop in Istanbul. They are accused of assisting a terrorist organisation. This is a ridiculous and baseless accusation. They have done nothing wrong.
We want to share with you a letter İdil has written from her prison cell, after hearing about the massive global response by people demanding her release. It’s a message of thanks, hope and courage.
In the last year more than 180 media outlets have been shut down and an estimated 2,500 journalists and other media workers have lost their jobs. More than 140 journalists and media workers are imprisoned pending trial.
Dissent has become dangerous in Turkey and now even human rights defenders are being targeted.
Every day that our colleagues are detained, the people they spoke up for are left more vulnerable to the government’s brutal crackdown.
We won’t stop until they’re all free.
PS. It’s Idil birthday this Saturday, let her know the world is standing in solidary with her.