De Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten (NVJ) heeft, na overleg met de ‘Stichting Bakker Schut Foundation for Universal Rights Research’ (Bakker Schut stichting), een brief gestuurd aan de ambassadeur van Turkije in Den Haag waarin ernstige verontrusting wordt uitgesproken over de bedreigingen, intimidatie en mishandeling van de Turkse journalist Burham Kazmali.
In alle gevallen van bedreiging en mishandeling was, aldus de slachtoffers, Emin Arslan betrokken, de voormalige plaatsvervangend chef van de Turkse nationale politie. Hij zorgde in de jaren negentig, volgens diverse verklaringen van betrokkenen, voor het ronselen van jongetjes die door Demmink zijn misbruikt. De NVJ vraagt de Turkse ambassadeur de mishandeling tegen de journalist Kazmali te onderzoeken en te voorkomen dat de bedreiging wordt herhaald.
Zie hieronder de brief van het NVJ en lees eerdere berichten over ‘Turkse slachtoffers bedreigd na verzoek Demmink te vervolgen’ op deze site.
Emrullah C. Akgündüz
Embassy of theRepublicofTurkey
Jan Evertstraat 15
2514 BS Den Haag
Amsterdam, 23 January 2013
Dear Mr. Ambassador,
We are writing to express our serious concerns regarding reports of threats, intimidation and ill treatment received by journalist Burham Kazmali who was the first to report on allegations against Joris Demmink, former Secretary General of the Dutch Ministry of Justice in theNetherlands, of sex tourism during his visits toTurkey in the late 1990’s. The two young men, Mustafa and Osman, have requested the Court inThe Haguefor prosecution of Joris Demmink. According to reports, the victims and their families have been offered money, been intimidated into dropping their allegations against Joris Demmink and have had their lives and families threatened.
As a result of bringing this matter to light, Mr. Kazmali has been threatened and assaulted. Only recently he was approached by Emin Arslan, former deputy chief of the Turkish national police and a family member, demanding Kazmali gave them the new address of Mustafa. Kazmali refused and as a result suffered serious injury when he was assaulted in the street until he was unconscious.
The intimidation and assault have meanwhile been reported to the police.
As the Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ) we are very concerned that a journalist who writes about a crime that has been committed is denied his voice and his right to freedom of press.
We respectfully urgeTurkeyto ensure that the threats against and assault of Mr. Burham Kazmali, the journalist who reported on this crime, are investigated and to see to it that they will not be repeated.
General Secretary NVJ
1070 AZ Amsterdam
CC: International Federation of Journalists
Türkiye Gazeteciler Sendikasi (TGS)
Progressive Journalists’ Association (Cagdas Gazeteciler Dernegi)