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Parliamentary questions
2 May 2018
P-000310/18E-000430/18
Joint answer given by Commissioner Hahn on behalf of the Commission
Written questions: P-000310/18 , E-000430/18

The Commission is aware of the intimidation against the Turkish Cypriot newspaper ‘Afrika’ and deplores the violence used by demonstrators against the offices of the newspaper.

The harassment and intimidation of journalists constitutes a violation of the freedom of expression, guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. In his State of the Union address of 13 September 2017(1), President Juncker called on Turkey to release journalists and to give the rule of law, justice and fundamental rights utmost priority.

The Commission will continue to monitor the issue, to raise it with the appropriate counterparts, and to underline the paramount importance of freedom of expression in fostering trust between the two Cypriot communities.

(1)http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-17-3165_en.htm

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