Munger, Tolles & Olson Files Amicus Brief in Support of Jailed Turkish Journalists

Munger, Tolles & Olson represented the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression in filing an amicus brief on October 20, 2017 before the European Court of Human Rights in support of the rights of jailed Turkish journalists.

The European Court of Human Rights has granted priority status to 10 cases involving the detention of journalists, as well as board members from the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. The brief — which was written on behalf of Professor David Kaye, who is the U.N. Special Rapporteur — reviews the extensive record of Turkey’s recent treatment of journalists and urges the court to “opine on whether Turkey’s arrest, detention, and/or prosecution of the applicants at issue in these cases are ‘prescribed by law’” as required by international human rights standards.

According to the brief, Turkey has more than 150 journalists currently imprisoned, the most in the world. The U.N. Special Rapporteur expresses concern that Turkey’s crackdown on the media has accelerated since an attempted coup on July 14, 2016.

The Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys representing the U.N. Special Rapporteur are Jacob S. Kreilkamp, Adam P. Barry and Benjamin Woodside Schrier.