Media Groups Ask Vice President Biden to Prioritize Press Freedom on Upcoming Visit to Turkey

Today, two leading media organizations representing news organizations around the world – the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) – wrote to Vice President Joseph Biden urging him, on his upcoming visit to Ankara, Turkey on August 24, to raise with the Turkish government the increasing problem of journalists becoming a target for state repression, and to request the immediate release of those journalists who have been sent to jail or who are awaiting trial simply for carrying out their professional duties.

“We encourage Vice President Biden to call on the democratically elected Turkish government to actively uphold the fundamental human right of freedom of expression and to reinstate press freedoms for the benefit of current and future generations,” said NAA President and CEO David Chavern.

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