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March 6, 2011

Turkey: Wave of searches and arrests of investigative journalists

There has been a wave of searches and arrests of investigative journalists in Istanbul and Ankara in connection with a probe into an alleged anti-government plot. Journalists who have helped to shed light on this case are being made to pay for the tension between the government and the secularist and ultra-nationalist opposition, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “We deplore the repeated use of the charge of ‘membership of a terrorist organisation’ to... MORE
February 25, 2011

Police raid newspaper offices, detain two journalists in Turkey

The offices of the "People's Daily" ( Halkin Gunlugu ) newspaper, the Democratic Peoples Association and the home of members of the Democratic Peoples Federation (DHF) in seven provinces and counties were raided by the police. Twenty-three people were taken into custody, among them two journalists - the paper's editor-in-chief, Hidir Gurz, and the paper's representative in Mersin, Deniz Kismetli. The operations conducted by the Anti-Terror Branch began on the evening of February 22 and... MORE
February 20, 2011

Turkey: Three journalists jailed in connection with Ergenekon investigation

An Istanbul court on Friday ordered three online journalists detained on charges of “inciting hatred and hostility through the media,” membership of a “terrorist organisation” and obtaining and publishing confidential state documents. They are facing possible sentences of more than 20 years in jail, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported They are Soner Yalçin , the owner of the Oda TV news website, Baris Pehlivan , the site’s editor, and Baris Terkoglu ,... MORE
February 10, 2011

Encouraging developments in Hrant Dink murder trial

There was modest progress at the latest hearing in the trial of 19 people charged with the murder of Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor Hrant Dink , who was gunned down outside his office in Istanbul in January 2007, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Prosecutors announced at the hearing, held on February 7, that a preliminary investigation has been launched into some 30 senior members of the Istanbul and Trabzon police and the intelligence services in... MORE
January 28, 2011

Turkey: Author of new book on Hrant Dink murder threatened

Journalist Adem Yavuz Arslan was threatened several times since his book on the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was published two weeks ago, IPS Communication Foundation (BIANET) has reported. The book revealed volatile information on the murder. Arslan has applied for police protection. Arslan, Ankara correspondent for the Bugün ('Today') newspaper, was threatened by means of a parcel sent to his office less than two weeks after the release of his book on the assassination of... MORE
January 28, 2011

Turkish Prime Minister files lawsuit against writer and newspaper

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed a lawsuit against writer Ahmet Altan and Taraf newspaper. According to IPS Communication Foundation (BIANET), the prime minister recently launched a case against the Beyoglu Troupe of Actors and prior to that, against writers Ataol Behramoglu and Oktay Eksi. Erdogan is now claiming TL50,000 (€ 25,000) in compensation from Altan and Taraf , on charges of "attacking his personal rights". The litigation is based on a column by Altan, titled "... MORE
January 27, 2011

Far-left review weekly raided n Turkey

A violent raid was carried out by Turkish police late last year on the offices of a far-left Turkish weekly following which five people were held, according to delayed reports received by Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The raid took place on the offices of Yürüyüs and was described officially as an operation to arrest a member of a terrorist organisation. It has been strongly criticised by the Contemporary Lawyers Association (CHD). Acting on orders from a... MORE
January 12, 2011

Newspaper editor Hrant Dink’s accused killer could be free within 12 months

Ogün Samast, the youth who is accused of fatally shooting Hrant Dink , the Armenian-Turkish editor of the weekly Agos , outside his office in Istanbul on January 19, 2007, could be released within 12 months as a result of the extremely slow pace at which his murder trial is proceeding, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Arrested on January 20, 2007 at a station in the northern city of Samsun while attempting to return to his home town of Trabzon,... MORE
January 7, 2011

Turkish court sentences Kurdish newspaper manager to 138 years in prison

The former editorial manager and concessionaire of the Kurdish newspaper Azadiya Welat , Emine Demir , received a prison sentence of 138 years on charges of "spreading propaganda for the PKK", the militant Kurdistan Workers Party. The sentence is based on articles Demir accepted for publication in the paper, according to IPS Communication Foundation (BIANET). The 24-year-old journalist was convicted by the Diyarbakir 5th High Criminal Court in the Kurdish-majority region of southeastern Turkey... MORE
January 5, 2011

Television station in Turkey fined for broadcasting discussion on homosexuality

The LambdaIstanbul Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Solidarity Association has protested against a fine issued by the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) to the HabertUrk television station after the station broadcast a discussion on homosexuality. The members of the association called on RTUK president Davut Dursun to apologise for putting forward that the programme on the subject constituted a breach of the national and moral values of society and of the Turkish family... MORE