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Turkey: Despite Constitutional Court’s decision, local Courts don not release journalists Alpay and Altan

15/01/2018

Local Courts have ruled continuation of arrest of Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan, despite Constitutional Court ruling that their “right to personal freedom and security” and “freedom of expression and press” had been violated. The vice prime minister and government spokesperson Bekir Bozdağ has stated: “With its decision on Alpay and Altan, the Constitutional Court crossed the border drawn by the Constitution, it acted like a court of first instance examining evidences and making evaluations on the condition of evidence”.

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Turkey: The Constitutional Court: “Those journalists have to be released”

12/01/2018

Recognizing that the rights of imprisoned journalists Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan had been violated, the Constitutional Court (AYM) ruled their release. “I didn’t see the content of the decision but I hope it will pave the way for the release of all journalists. Freedom of expression can be maintained in Turkey”, lawyer Veysel Ok stated. Strong supporter of the Accession of Turkey to the European Union, Mehmet Hasan Altan (1953) is a Turkish academic and journalist, author of over 25 books. He was arrested during the first detention wave, following the July 2016 coup attempt. Alpay (1944) is a writer, journalist and political scientist. Back from Sweden (were he completed his PhD program) he worked for several newspaper - among them “Cumhuriyet”, “Sabah”, “Milliyet”, “Zaman” - and TV channel. He had been jailed pending trial in Zaman case.

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Turkey: journalist Artı Gerçek was arrested

08/01/2018

Fadıl Öztürk, a journalist of Artı Gerçek news web-site was detained in a police raid carried out into his home in İzmir on January 5th. According to Artı Gerçek’s report he is charged with terrorism.

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Turkey: Ömer Faruk Aydemir acquitted in the first hearing

08/01/2018

Arrested for using encrypted communication software “ByLock” (which is allegedly used by the “Fethullahist Terrorist Organization”), the former İhlas News Agency Chief of Intelligence Ömer Faruk Aydemir has been acquitted in the first hearing. In Turkey a large number of people have been detained and arrested for using ByLock.

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Turkey: Sendika.org Vs government

19/12/2017

Minister Arslan has first claimed that Sendika.org was closed due to “sexual harassment against children, prostitution and gambling”, and then apologized during a parliamentary speech.

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Turkey: 6 People Released, Including Journalist Tolu

19/12/2017

Six people including the German journalist Meşale Tolu (who was arrested last April) were released in 18th December hearing, when 18 people have been tried. The next hearing is on April 26.

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Turkey: Erdoğan Demands Twitter Censorship for Latuff’s Caricature

19/12/2017

Brazilian caricaturist Carlos Latuff has announced on his Twitter account that Erdoğan’s lawyers are imposing legal pressure on Twitter for 80 themes in which are included 11 of his caricatures. “Why doesn’t Erdoğan want Turks to access my caricatures? What is Erdoğan afraid of?”, Latuff wrote.

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Turkey: emergency has been going on

24/10/2017

122 journalists entered prison in October. Attempting to base the international cooperation on a strategic ground rather than democratic values, Turkey has shut its ears to critics against rights violations committed during the State of Emergency in the wake of July 15, 2016 coup attempt. However, the issue of media freedom has acquired an unprecedented international dimension.
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Turkey: a peace declaration sued for ‘Terrorist Propaganda’

09/10/2017

An indictment has been issued for academics from İstanbul, Galatasaray, Boğaziçi, Mimar Sinan, Nişantaşı and Yeni Yüzyıl Universities who have signed the peace declaration “We will not be a party to this crime”. The academics are being charged with “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” and are facing 7,5 years in prison.

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Turkey: prison sentence for a teacher who said “Don’t let children die” on TV

04/10/2017

The court upheld the custodial sentence for teacher Ayşe Çelik, sentenced to 15 months in jail for having said “do not let the children die” live on “Kanal D” television channel. Her participation in the television program "Beyaz Şov" was by phone, and she was referring to civil clashes in southeastern Turkey, occurred in the summer of 2016.

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