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Parliamentary questions
11 June 2018
E-000878/2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission

As set out in the Commission annual report on Turkey,(1) the detention of dozens of journalists, human rights activists and liberal professionals across Turkey for their social media activities, once again raises serious concerns about freedom of expression and freedom of the press in Turkey.

The European Union has repeatedly called on the Turkish authorities to respect the standards of the European Convention on Human Rights, including pre-trial detention and the principle of presumption of innocence. Turkey, as a candidate country, needs to aspire to the highest democratic standards and practices including in the area of freedom of expression and of the media.

The European Commission will continue to monitor the situation. Moreover, the Commission's concerns will continue to be expressed in bilateral contacts with the Turkish authorities.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/sites/near/files/20180417-turkey-report.pdf

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