Saturday, March 26, 2011

The medicine should never be stronger than the disease

Marietje Schaake, MEP ALDE
More about the country that interprets international law at will and assumes the moral high ground in Cyprus when at home her democratic credentials are missing. - Antifon

“We have a hard time conceiving of what explanation would justify the unprecedented act of raiding a news desk and seeking to ban an unpublished book,” Alexander Graf Lambsdorff and Marietje Schaake [MEP, ALDE, The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe is the third largest political group in the European Parliament] told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review in a joint written statement Friday.

“These actions are taking part under the counter-terrorism law. If there is anything we have learned from the fight against terrorism over the past decade, it is that the medicine should never be stronger than the disease. The insurance of security and the guarantee of freedoms go hand in hand,” the two members of the European Parliament wrote.

“Although independence of the judiciary is a crucial element of any democracy, transparency, good governance, due process and guarantees of civil liberties, fair trial and free expression are equally important. If institutions systematically fail to implement such principles, a government can no longer justify in-action.”

“The concern press freedom is one that is shared among all political groups in the European Parliament. The European Parliament is also ready to share expertise and to help the Turkish authorities, to ensure that the fundamental freedoms of citizens are guaranteed. We would want nothing more than for Turkey to live up to its promise of being a flourishing democracy and a vibrant economy, which would serve as an example to neighbors.”

Read the full article here:
MEPs ask 'government point of view' on publishing house raid March 25, 2011 ERISA DAUTAJ ŞENERDEM ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News

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