March 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
Fiachra Gibbons, March 13, 2012
A year ago, police burst into the homes of two of Turkey’s best investigative journalists, Nedim Sener and Ahmet Sik, and carted them off to prison where they remained until last night, charged with crimes so nebulous even prosecutors can’t explain them. « Read the rest of this entry »
March 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
Andrew Finkel, March 13, 2012
ISTANBUL — The British say it about the police force, but the same may be true of the press: that a country gets the one it deserves. Woe is Turkey.
Turkey recently marked the 15th anniversary of what pundits call the “postmodern coup”: the military’s success at pushing out the Islamist-led coalition that was in power back then. The generals managed that in large part by press-ganging the print media, even forcing newspaper owners to fire prominent columnists who did not support their campaign to discredit the government.
The tables have since turned. Now the politicians have the military in retreat. Some 15 percent of senior officers are on trial for participating in the Ergenekon conspiracy, an alleged campaign of really dirty tricks intended to force the ruling AK Party out of office. « Read the rest of this entry »
March 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
Almost a year ago 13 journalists and writers were put behind bars because of the ODA TV case, which was about an alleged shadowy pro-military conspiracy called Ergenekon allegedly plotted to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Investigative journalists Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener were among them. While the absurd trial continued, the number of prisoned Turkish journalists was up to 104, thanks to the ‘advanced democracy’ of the ruling party AKP (Justice and Development Party). Since March 2011, ODA TV case became one of the most symbolic cases about freedom of press in Turkey.
Accordingly, 13 defendants of the case were charged with having made critical news about AKP and Fethullah Gulen movement! In addition, these journalists were accused of being involved in a plot to overthrow the government, being member of a terrorist organisation, etc… Now it has already been one year, and there is still no proof or evidence pertaining to these accusations!
The new hearing of the case will be held on 12th of March 2012 (Monday) in İstanbul.
We, the journalists asking freedom for our friends, will be in the court house again on 12th of March 2012.
THEY CAN NOT SILENCE JOURNALISTS BY PUTTING US BEHIND BARS!
AHMET AND NEDIM WILL COME OUT AND WRITE AGAIN!
EVEN IF WE BURN WE WILL TOUCH!
For more information:
Our blog page in English: http://turkeypressfreedom.wordpress.com/
Our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/ahmehnedimonurumuzdur/
Our twitter account: ahmet_nedim
March 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
March 7, 2012
Below you will find the whole list of detained/arrested/convicted journalists based on their opinion, writings or publications (although in some cases even pre-publication.) This is the list of disgrace of democracy in Turkey. As of March 7, 2012 there are 104 (one hundred and four) journalists, writers or publishers arrested for their opinion in Turkish jails.
The list includes their position as a journalist/writer, the accusations (or convictions if any) and the last line is the name of the jail they are being held and their date of arrest.
Translated from Turkish original by ANGA (Journalist Friends of Ahmet and Nedim)
March 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
March 5, 2012; Daniel Dombey
Yonca Verdioglu has a clear memory of the morning, just over a year ago, when the police arrived at her Istanbul apartment to arrest her husband for writing a book.
Pablo, the family’s golden retriever, announced the visitors with a bark just before seven in the morning. Then the doorbell rang. Before long there were 11 police officers and five family lawyers in the flat, as officials scoured the premises for terrorist materials. “Some of the policemen were afraid of the dog,” Ms Verdioglu recalls. Seven hours after their arrival, the police left, taking with them Ahmet Sik, Ms Verdioglu’s husband. « Read the rest of this entry »
March 6, 2012 § 1 Comment
Journalists Around the World Call for Nedim Şener’s Release
By: Steven M. Ellis, IPI Press Freedom Adviser for Europe and North America
VIENNA, Mar 2, 2012 – Journalists around the world today joined the International Press Institute (IPI) in condemning Turkey’s continued imprisonment of investigative journalist and IPI World Press Freedom Hero Nedim Şener, one year after he was detained in connection with an alleged coup plot.
IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie said: “The fact that Nedim Şener has been taken away from his family and locked up for a year on allegations that his journalism was a sham designed to protect those whose wrongdoing it exposed is both tragic and absurd. We call on Turkey’s authorities to immediately release Mr. Şener and his co-defendants in the Oda TV case pending trial, and to ensure that their trial is fair and fully in line with international standards of due process.” « Read the rest of this entry »
February 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
Yiğit Günay, January 27, 2012 (translation: Ege M. Diren)