Civil rights

Solidarity with Max Zirngast: Erdogan, let him free!

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Austrian government & Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
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On September 11, 2018 at 5 am in Ankara, Austrian journalist, author and student Max Zirngast, who has been living in Turkey, was arrested by the Turkish police.

According to media reports, as in many other similar cases, the allegation here seems to have been of "supporting terrorist organizations". Max Zirngast has always been as dedicated and solidarity-prone a colleague and as excellent a student as any at the University of Vienna, who has campaigned against social injustice and for democratic rights.

We, students and staff of the University of Vienna, believe that the allegations against him are a baseless excuse to intimidate and silence critical voices in the Turkey. Max Zirngast, like many other people in Turkey, is persecuted solely for his political persuasion and journalistic work.

We strongly condemn the arrest of Max Zirngast and demand his immediate release. The Austrian government and diplomacy should spare no effort in order to achieve his release!



Journalistic work as well as the commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law are fundamental rights that have to be guaranteed.

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  • on 11 Apr 2019

    Presse- und Meinungsfreiheit sind mir ein großes Anliegen

  • on 11 Dec 2018

    The freedom of the press

  • Jan Johnstone Kincardine

    on 02 Dec 2018

    freedom of press

  • on 02 Dec 2018

    Journalists should not be imprisoned on vague anti-terrorism charges. Political prisoners should not exist in a free and democratic nation like Turkey claims to be.

  • on 02 Dec 2018

    Independent journalism and journalists in Nicaragua are also under threat by an authoritarian regime that seeks to coerce them into self-censoring all reporting that is critical of the regime and its policies.

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