‘The killing of journalism is the killing of reality’

ISTANBUL – Linguist Necmiye Alpay spoke at the commemoration of the 24th anniversary of the murder of journalist Uğur Mumcu and said, “There is a power that kills those writes the facts, and that power is still strong. Nowadays, they are busy with killing journalism. The killing of journalism means the killing of reality.”

Yesterday, journalist Uğur Mumcu was commemorated on 24th anniversary of his killing. Many journalists and writers as well as citizens participated in the commemoration held at Caddebostan Cultural Center (CKM). The commemoration started with keeping silence minute for Uğur Mumcu an the press martyrs who lost their lives in the struggle for democracy. Imprisoned journalists sent greetings to the people participated in the commemoration. The letter of Cumhuriyet daily’s journalists sent from Silivri Prison was read.

Şükran Soner, one of writers of Cumhuriyet daily spoke at the commemoration and said; “Now we are in a country where the dirtiest media is practiced. We are in conditions worse than most of dictatorships. We didn’t lose Uğur Mumcu for nothing.”

‘They are busy with killing journalism’

Linguist Necmiye Alpay, who was jailed for four months for being member of Özgür Gündem daily’s Publishing Consultant Board, told about her university memoirs with Uğur Mumcu. Saying that there were certain centers killing intellectuals in Turkey killed Uğur, Necmiye stated that, “Uğur Mumcu left us, ‘not to have an idea without having knowledge’. They killed real journalists, because they didn’t want the history to be written. There is a power that kills those writes the facts, and that power is still strong. Nowadays, they are busy with killing journalism. Now, the person taking the floor is accused of terrorism. I am being tried for aggravated life imprisonment and they kept me in prison for four months. The killing of journalism means the killing of reality. So our society is in a weaker position, because the facts aren’t being stood up for.”

After the speech of Necmiye, journalists shouted the slogan, “Free press cannot be silenced”. The commemoration ended after the songs of singer Erdal Erzincan.