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 15, 2012 § 1 Comment
Dexter Filkins,March 9, 2012
Quick: What country jails the most journalists?
If you guessed China, you were close, but no cigar. Twenty-seven reporters are in prison there, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York. If you guessed Iran, you’re getting warmer—forty-two in prison there—but you’re still off. « Read the rest of this entry »
A Guide to Understand the OdaTV Trial – 2: Were the digital documents sent through virus activities?
February 14, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Yiğit Günay, January 14, 2012 (translation: Ege M. Diren)
January 29, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Jody Sabral, January 26, 2012, Huffington Post
Turkey has surpassed the likes of China, Iran and Russia, when it comes to the number of journalists/authors in prison, many of whom are being held without charge. At the time of writing this, anywhere between 70 to 100 journalists/authors sit in Turkish cells, their pens silenced for having an opinion on events unfolding in their own country. Many are internationally recognised for ground breaking work, uncovering corruption and organised crime. This can mean only one thing – free speech is becoming a thing of the past in Turkey, or is it? « Read the rest of this entry »
December 24, 2011 § Leave a Comment
22.12.2011, Murat Yetkin, Hurriyet Daily News
Reacting to French Parliament’s initiative to ban saying that the 1915 killings of Armenians was not genocide, Turkish Foreign Minister said yesterday in his Libération piece that the French take was a violation of freedom of expression.
The French take is beset on a 2008 European Union framework decision. There are certain well defined caveats on freedom of expression when it comes to human life. For example, it is forbidden in Germany to praise the Holocaust in Germany and Europe under occupation during World War II and claim that it was not genocide against Jewish people; nearly 6 million Jews were systematically killed by the Nazis just because of being who they are, as ruled by the Nuremberg Trials after the war.
I am not going to get into the debate whether the 1915 massacres, for which I feel deeply sorrow and regret, are of the same kind as the Holocaust.
But I can debate that the poisonous competition in the French political atmosphere now puts all unlike matters in the same basket.
Therefore, Davutoğlu has a point when he approaches the issue on the basis of freedom of expression.
Freedom of expression and its twin sister freedom of press are under questioning in today’s Turkey too. « Read the rest of this entry »