Monday, October 13, 2014

Free journalists Ruben, Chris and Björn from Turkish prison

Late afternoon on October 11 2014 three German based freelance photographers Ruben Martin Neugebauer, Björn Kietzmann and Christian Grodotzki were arrested by Turkish police in Diyarbakır. They were reporting about the situation in East Turkey. According to lawyers, this happened while the three were talking to locals in a shopping mall. The police is accusing our colleagues (with German and international press cards) who work for German and international newspapers of espionage and provocation. Right now they are being held in cells of anti terror police "TEM" in Diyarbakir and are being interrogated.
Additionally, the police wants to put them on trial, possibly resulting in deportation and denial of re-entry. The time for the trial has been set to Monday, October 13th, 11am to 1pm. The German embassy, the foreign ministry and Reporters Without Borders have been informed. We are right now trying to gather more information about the arrest.
Chris, Ruben and Björn are hoping for support by the media to put pressure on the Turkish government. Since the Gezi protests the freedom of press in Turkey has been severely restricted - also for foreign reporters.

We demand the Turkish state to respect freedom of press and to adhere basic rights of journalists, so they can report on the situation in East Turkey.
For more information please contact
Benjamin Hiller: 0151 509 14 666
Jean Peters: 0176 261 668 42

Solidarity demonstration for free press

Monday, 13.10.2014, 4.30 pm at the Turkish embassy, Tiergartenstraße 19-21, Berlin
Spread the word, bring your friends and show solidarity with Ruben, Chris and Björn.

We need your support

You can show your support by spreading the word on social media with hashtag #freerubenchrisbjoern, join the facebook group or support us financially on this bank account:
100% of the money will be used for their potential trial and deportation costs. Leftover money will be used for the emergency-assistance-work of Reporters Without Borders.
Ruben Neugebauer Ruben Neugebauer worked for major newspapers with pictures for Forbes, FastCompany, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, dpa, Der Freitag a.o. He was nominated by UNICEF for photo of the year 2013 and is based in Berlin.
Chris Grodotzki Chris Grodotzki focuses primarily on social conflicts and environmental issues. He won the 1st place at the dpa News Talent Award 2013 and published in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Stern, ZDF, Frontal21 a.o.
Björn Kietzmann Björn Kietzmann is based in Berlin and published in newspapers like taz, Berliner Zeitung, Spiegel, Stern a.o. You can find recent pictures from the conflict area here.

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