Report: 13 journalists attacked, 16 news websites blocked in July
A report by Dicle Fırat Journalists Association (DFG) showed that the pressure on journalists has been on the rise once again in the month of July.
The report stated that freedom of information began to fade completely as violence against journalists increased.
Emel Vural, a reporter from the Mezopotamya Agency, was pepper sprayed at close range by the police, while she was following news during the "Pride Parade" in Ankara, and KaosGL.org reporter Aslı Alpar was injured in the leg during the same event, according to the report.
“These are just two recent examples of journalists that only wanted to report on a march, but unfortunately we are filing under 'violence against journalists',” the report said.
According to the report, Mezopotamya reporter Yakup Demir suffered an attack by a lawyer during the foreclosure proceedings in Diyarbakır's Sur district in July, and he was injured in his eyebrow.
The AKP's (Justice and Development Party) Birecik Mayor Mahmut Mirkelam pounded up journalist Kerem Kirpac in southeastern Urfa.
The report said that currently 77 journalists were behind bars.