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!

#FreeMaxZirngast

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

First signers: criticaltheories.univie.ac.at/solidaritaet-max-zirngast

Vielen Dank für Ihre Unterstützung, Initiative "Solidarität mit Max Zirngast" aus Wien
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Warum Menschen unterschreiben

  • am 29.10.2018

    Always we must stand together in the face of tyranny.

  • Jacob Morgan Mount Vernon

    am 29.10.2018

    Because we need yo challenge the authoritarian regime in turkey

  • am 27.10.2018

    We must respect everyone’s right to a free press, and Erdogan’s brutal repression of independent journalism and critical coverage needs to be stopped. Zirngast is a comrade and a good man who defends democracy and universal human rights; anyone who doesn’t recognize this as a complete abuse on the part of Erdogan and the Turkish government needs to open their eyes.

  • am 27.10.2018

    Weil der Einsatz für Pressefreiheit und Menschenrechte ganz wichtig ist

  • am 27.10.2018

    Human rights and fair process.

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