CHP Istanbul Deputy Barış Yarkadaş has criticized the fact that inmates at penal institutions are denied Birgün and Evrensel newspapers.
CHP Media Commission Member Barış Yarkadaş stated that despite Bekir Bozdağ’s response, “Prisoners are given any newspaper they ask for” to his written parliamentary question, the prohibition is still effect.
Ban to Evrensel and Birgün
Yarkadaş who indicated that he has received many letters from the penal institutions, said “The inmates can’t lay their hands on Birgün, Evrensel and other periodical left publications. The arbitrary publication blackout at the penal institutions still continues.”
Yarkadaş stated that lastly he received complaints from Birgun Newspaper employee Mahir Kanaat through his lawyer, and used the phrase “Kanaat, can’t read the newspaper he gave many years to and helped grow.”
Despite the ministers response…
Yarkadaş who stated that Kanaat is complainant of the fact that he can’t read the Evrensel Newspaper at the penal facility he’s held in, continued with the words:
“About a week ago, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ clarified in response to my written parliamentary question that there are no publication blackouts at penal institutions. Bozdağ, stated that if the prisoners would give petitions, they would be purveyed with the newspapers they wish to read. However, Kanaat’s remarks to his lawyers show that this is not the case.”
Yarkadaş indicated that Mahir Kanaat isn’t the only one who is complainant of this fact and pointed out that YARSAV’s former president Murat Arslan feels the same way. CHP Deputy who also stated that Arslan has sent the same message through his lawyers, said “Preventing inmates from reading newspapers, disallowing access to information, means a second cell confinement in a cell.”
‘There are no replies’
Yarkadaş who argued that publication blackouts has become a trend in Silivri and Sincan penal facilities has called out to Bekir Bozdağ. Yarkadaş said:
“Honorable Bozdağ, in the written response you’ve sent just a week ago, you’ve indicated that there were no bans against Evrensel and Birgün. Unfortunately, this is not the case… Inmates at the penal institutions are denied left publications especially Birgün and Evrensel. Their requests to read these publications are being denied.
‘Letter ban continues’
The problem isn’t limited to this… The prisoners inside the cells are only given three books. The ban to send or receive letters still remains. People are being subjected to an austere isolation. This means their punishment is being doubled. Leave people be, so that they could read or watch whatever they please. Make these nonsensical prohibitions stop.”
Cumhuriyet employees are also complaining
CHP’s Yarkadaş reminded that currently imprisoned Cumhuriyet Newspaper employees, are also complainant of the fact that they also can’t send or receive letters. Yarkadaş said, “People’s freedom to communicate and to make contact with others are being arbitrarily precluded.”