New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/04/2013 -- Media watchdog group, The American Hellenic Media Project (AHMP), issued the following today, its first comunique since 2007:
"We support our sisters and brothers in Turkey who are courageously advocating for democratic, progressive and humanitarian change for our world <3" signed by AHMP's Executive Director, P.D. Spyropoulos.
The statement, posted on AHMP's home page (ahmp.org), was inspired by citizen-led protests now occurring in Istanbul and Ankara, much like those seen in New York City's Zuccotti Park in 2011.
AHMP's statement is hyperlinked to a blog written by an unaffiliated protester in Turkey--writing about widespread media and internet censorship and police brutality with pepper spray and water cannons ("What is Happening in Istanbul?").
"That the police are being held to a democratic standard by the Turkish people themselves is a significant sign of progress" Mr. Spyropoulos remarked. "Citizens there may finally have a relatively safe space to pursue genuine democratization and reform . . . this is a far cry from the death squads of the 80's. I pray that the authorities respect the rights afforded peaceful citizens by the Turkish Constitution."