Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.
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The Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria has issued 95 badges for the 95 Turkish journalists that are currently imprisoned in Bulgaria's South-Western neighbor. The badges were issued for the upcoming meeting between the EU and Turkey in Varna. In its declaration, AEJ-Bulgaria urges the Turkish government to release the journalists.
The failed coup d'etat in Turkey back in 2016 was followed by mass shutting down of media, imprisonment of journalists and all overall Inquistion-like treatment of those who disagree with the establishment. In the declaration for the meeting, the AEJ explains that 95 accreditations isn't a small amount. But behind each name and each picture on those badges there is also a real person, their family, their friends, their readers. The AEJ urges journalists attending the meeting to wear these tribute badges and to speak on the behalf of their wrongfully impriosned colleagues. The AEJ is adamant that the EU should not stray from the problem and use the freedom of the journalists as a condition for any further dialogue between itself and TUrkey.