US State Department spokesperson Katy Bondy, sent these exclusive statements regarding 'organized assault' against Turkish journalist Ahmet Hakan. More information re assault on Ahmet Hakan can be found here:
''We are deeply disturbed by the attack on Turkish journalist Ahmet Hakan and urge Turkish authorities to investigate thoroughly this incident and to prosecute the perpetrators in accordance with Turkish law.
We call on Turkey to respect the media freedoms and due process protections that are enshrined in the Turkish constitution and in OSCE commitments. We also call on Turkey to do its utmost to ensure the safety and security of journalists.
Turkey needs more, not fewer, voices discussing critical issues right now.''