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Journalists jailed in Turkey, gassed in Greece

Over 40 Turkish journalists are currently in jail for "nothing more than doing their job" according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). They were arrested, mostly in the course of their work, and are prison are awaiting trial on charges of violating the Turkish penal code or anti-terror laws. Another 700 Turkish journalists are facing prosecution on similar charges, which carry the threat of imprisonment.

The IFJ website has a full list of Turkish journalists currently in prison, and a model letter to send to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Demonstrations are being planned at Turkish embassies. See www.ifj.org

Meanwhile in Athens, the South and East Europe Media Organisation (www.SEEMO.org) reports that Greek police first told the press pack covering a lock-down protest by contract workers at the Acropolis in Athens to "go away and let us do our jobs", before launching tear gas to "disperse photojournalists and cameramen... trying to take pictures."

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