Chronology of Events

January 2012


31 January 2012

104 Journalists and 30 Distributors in Prison
Source: Bianet
Date: 31.1.2012
104 journalists and 30 distributors went to jail until the end of 2011. The journalists are in prison under allegations of affiliations with illegal organizations in the scope of the Anti-Terror Law and the Turkish Criminal Law. 94 out of these 134 press workers are from Kurdish media outlets.
More: http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135831-104-journalists-and-30-distributors-in-prison

Indexing press sanctions, ignoring what is sanctioned
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 31.1.2012 As with many a reporter in ever-more-difficult Turkey, I find hope in the international attention given to Turkish journalism in this era of peril. The iconic New York Times just published a major tome on the decline of press freedom here. Paris-based Reporters without Borders has just published its annual index chronicling Turkey’s decline: at “No. 148” on the RWB list, we are now behind Malawi and the Congo but mercifully still ahead of Mexico and Afghanistan.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/indexing-press-sanctions-ignoring-what-is-sanctioned--.aspx?pageID=238&nid=12629&NewsCatID=400

Hrant's Friends call on state to punish perpetrators Source: Todayszaman
Date: 31.1.2012
In their ongoing search for justice, a group of people who identify themselves as “Hrant's Friends” released a press statement on Tuesday calling on the government to punish the perpetrators in the 2007 murder of journalist Hrant Drink, a Turkish citizen of Armenian descent
More: http://www.todayszaman.com/news-270153-hrants-friends-call-on-state-to-punish-perpetrators.html

30 January 2012

Number of imprisoned journalists increases in Turkey
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 30.1.2012 
The number of imprisoned journalists in Turkey rose to 105, according to a written statement issued yesterday by the Platform of Solidarity with Imprisoned Journalists.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/number-of-imprisoned-journalists-increases-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=12577&NewsCatID=339

Number of imprisoned journalists increases in Turkey
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 30.1.2012
The number of imprisoned journalists in Turkey rose to 105, according to a written statement issued yesterday by the Platform of Solidarity with Imprisoned Journalists.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/number-of-imprisoned-journalists-increases-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=12577&NewsCatID=339

KCK Trial: 5 out of 104 Detained Defendants Released
Source: Bianet
Date: 30.1.2012
Five of the 104 detained defendants of the main trial about the Union of Kurdish Communities were released pending trial on 27 January. A total of 152 defendants stand trial in the Diyarbakır case that has been pending for 3 years.
More: http://bianet.org/english/minorities/135802-kck-trial-5-out-of-104-detained-defendants-released

Again no Releases in OdaTV Trial
Source: Bianet
Date: 30.1.2012
None of the detained defendants of the Oda TV trial was released at the 10th hearing on 27 January. The following hearing was set for 12 March. The tenth hearing of the Oda TV trial stretched well into the evening and was closed by the Istanbul 16th High Criminal Court at 11.10 pm on Friday night (27 January). The court decided to keep all detained defendants in prison. The next hearing is scheduled for 12 March.
More: http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135801-again-no-releases-in-odatv-trial

29 January 2012

Paul Auster refuses Turkey visit over jailed scribes
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 29.1.2012 
Renowned U.S. author Paul Auster said he refused to visit Turkey because of the number of journalists and writers that have been jailed in the country.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/paul-auster-refuses-turkey-visit-over-jailed-scribes-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=12523&NewsCatID=339

28 January 2012

Suspects deny claims in controversial case
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 28.1.2012 
During the 10th hearing of the Oda TV case, suspect İklim Kaleli Bayraktar, who is currently standing trial without arrest, denied all the charges leveled against her in an Istanbul court Jan. 26.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/suspects-deny-claims-in-controversial-case.aspx?pageID=238&nID=12506&NewsCatID=339

27 January 2012

140journos: A Counter Media Movement
Source: Bianet
Date: 27.1.2012 
140journos is a "counter media" movement using social media tools to provide real-time, independent and objective news reporting. 140journos claim, "We are against the main stream. For this reason, we recommend to use the social media effectively. That way, we make this counter movement a reality".
These are the official accounts that you can follow 140journos on social media platforms:
http://twitter.com/140journos
http://140journos.tumblr.com
http://cinch.fm/140journos
http://flickr.com/photos/140journos
More: http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135759-140journos-a-counter-media-movement

"So-called Journalists are Police Murderers and Molesters"
Source: Bianet
Date: 27.1.2012 
After the release of the RSF World Press Freedom Index, PM Erdoğan announced that his government had opened the way to freedom of expression. The PM said that people in the west were not able to understand the arrests of journalists because western journalists did not incite a coup.
More: http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135748-so-called-journalists-are-police-murderers-and-molesters

"Our Language, our Eyes, our Ears"
Source: Bianet
Date: 27.1.2012 
Eutelsat suspended the broadcast of the Kurdish television channel Roj TV. As of 22 January, it can be watched via the internet only. Reporters Without Borders condemned Eutelsat's decision. Bianet asked the viewers what Roj TV meant to them.
More: http://bianet.org/english/minorities/135747-our-language-our-eyes-our-ears

UPDATE 1-Turkish journalists denied release in conspiracy case
Source: Reuters
Date: 27.1.2012 
Prominent Turkish journalists charged with involvement in an alleged plot to overthrow the government were denied release from custody on Friday in a trial that has become a rallying point for criticism of Turkey's record on media freedom.
More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/27/turkey-journalists-idUSL5E8CR42120120127?rpc=401&feedType=RSS&feedName=rbssTechMediaTelecomNews&rpc=401

Turkish journalists are very frightened – but we must fight this intimidation
Source: Guardian
Date: 27.1.2012 
A journalist's murder and jailing of two others is an attempt to silence the media – but it makes me more determined to speak
More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jan/27/turkish-journalists-fight-intimidation

"So-called Journalists are Police Murderers and Molesters"
Source: Bianet
Date: 27.1.2012 
After the release of the RSF World Press Freedom Index, PM Erdoğan announced that his government had opened the way to freedom of expression. The PM said that people in the west were not able to understand the arrests of journalists because western journalists did not incite a coup.
More: http://www.bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135748-so-called-journalists-are-police-murderers-and-molesters

26 January 2012

Turkey drops heavily in press freedom rankings
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 26.1.2012 
Turkey drops dramatically in press freedom rankings in 2011, losing 10 places to be 148th out of 178 countries. Judicial harassment and anti-terrorism laws are listed among the major reasons
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-drops-heavily-in-press-freedom-rankings.aspx?pageID=238&nID=12309&NewsCatID=339

Censorship in Prisons
Source: Bianet
Date: 26.1.2012 
Letters about rights violations in prison do not get through to columnists and journalists. Newspapers dealing with rights violations and ill-treatment in prison are not allowed into prison. A report of the ÇHD Prison Monitoring Commissions revealed a number of problems faced by inmates.
More: http://bianet.org/english/media/135721-censorship-in-prisons

Judge and Prosecutor of Dink Trial Face Investigation
Source: Bianet
Date: 26.1.2012 
A probe has been launched about judge Eryılmaz and Prosecutor Usta of the Hrant Dink murder trial which resulted in a much disputed decision on 17 January. Investigating Judge Kakilli told bianet about the reasons for the investigation.
More: http://bianet.org/english/minorities/135717-judge-and-prosecutor-of-dink-trial-face-investigation

Turkey Loses Ground again in World Press Freedom Index
Source: Bianet
Date: 26.1.2012 
Turkey fell back ten places to number 148 in the 2011-2012 World Press Freedom Index. According to the report of Reporters Without Borders, press freedom is in an even worse state in only 31 countries.
More: http://bianet.org/english/world/135713-turkey-loses-ground-again-in-world-press-freedom-index

Bill threatens freedom of expression: Amnesty Source: Hurriyet
Date: 26.1.2012 
A bill passed by the French Senate yesterday would violate freedom of expression by making it a criminal offense to publicly question events termed as “genocide” under French law, Amnesty International said Jan. 24 on its web site.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/bill-threatens-freedom-of-expression-amnesty.aspx?pageID=238&nid=12340&NewsCatID=351

Erdogan Pledges ‘No Revenge’ as Turkish Press in Spotlight
Source: WSJ
Date: 26.1.2012 
Turkey’s economy may have made giant leaps forward in 2011, but press freedoms appeared to take a significant step back. Scores of arrests and high-profile firings have fanned a growing international outcry that media freedoms here have been heavily compromised. More: http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2012/01/26/erdogan-pledges-no-revenge-as-turkish-press-in-spotlight/

Reporters Without Borders urge MPs to refer French denial bill to Constitutional Council
Source: Cumhuriyet
Date: 26.1.2012 
Reporters Without Borders in Paris urged parliamentarians to refer the bill adopted on Monday to make it a crime to deny Armenian allegations on the Ottoman era incidents of 1915 to the Constitutional Council.
More: http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=311000

25 January 2012

Int’l reaction piles up, French bill draws criticism for limiting freedoms
Source: Todayszaman
Date: 25.1.2012
International reaction is piling up against a French Senate approval of a bill that outlaws in France denial of “Armenian genocide,” on the grounds that the bill, now waiting on a final signature from the French president, goes against freedom of expression, a right the French constitution says cannot be denied to any human being.
More: http://www.todayszaman.com/news-269604-intl-reaction-piles-up-french-bill-draws-criticism-for-limiting-freedoms.html

Erdoğan hails Zaman daily in 25th year anniversary
Source: Todayszaman
Date: 25.1.2012
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has hailed Turkey’s best-selling Turkish daily Zaman in a ceremony marking its 25th year anniversary, pledging that his government will take further steps to lift restrictions on freedom of speech.
More: http://www.todayszaman.com/news-269618-turkish-pm-hails-zaman-daily-in-25th-year-anniversary.html

Journalist remembered on 19th year of assassination
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 25.1.2012 
A commemoration ceremony was held for journalist Uğur Mumcu yesterday to mark the 19th anniversary of his death in a bomb attack, as the main opposition leader urged for enhanced efforts to find the perpetrators.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/journalist-remembered-on-19th-year-of-assassination.aspx?pageID=238&nid=12247&NewsCatID=341

Journalists Sue the Media
Source: Bianet
Date: 25.1.2012 
Journalists Demir and Kepenk were taken into custody and released in the course of a KCK operation. They now sue the newspapers Zaman, Star, Sabah and Yeni Şafak because of their news about the journalists published during their time in custody.
More: http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135682-journalists-sue-the-media

Turkey considers withdrawing support for Euronews
Source: EJC
Date: 25.1.2012 
Turkey is considering the possibility of withdrawing its support for Euronews, the France-based international news network. If taken, this decision could have serious consequences for Euronews, as Turkey’s national radio and television network TRT holds a 15.5 percent stake in the news giant.
More: http://www.ejc.net/media_news/turkey_considers_withdrawing_support_for_euronews/

Three journalists released pending trial, 11 others still imprisoned
Source: IFEX
Date: 25.1.2012 
21 January 2012 - Eleven defendants, employees of "Yuruyus" ("Marching") magazine and the Ozan Publishing Company, had their first court hearing on 10 January after 13 months in pre-trial detention. Three defendants - Gulsum Yildiz, Necla Can and Mehmet Ali Ugurlu - were released pending trial. The court decided to keep the remaining eight defendants in detention. The detained defendants are: Abdullah Ozgun, Hatice Ruken Kilic, Remzi Ucucu, Halit Gudenoglu, Naciye Yavuz, Kaan Unsal, Musa Kurt and Cihan Gun.
More: http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2012/01/25/detained_pending_trial/

24 January 2012

Imprisoned journalist: Hrant Dink’s killers roam free
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 24.1.2012 
The killers of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink remain free, imprisoned journalist Nedim Şener said yesterday during a hearing in the ongoing OdaTV case. The case is expected to continue throughout this week
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/imprisoned-journalist-dinks-killers-roam-free.aspx?pageID=238&nid=12134&NewsCatID=339

Dink gunman’s plead for release rejected Source: Hurriyet
Date: 24.1.2012 
The Supreme Court of Appeals yesterday rejected a plea by a defendant lawyer in the case of murdered Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink to release convicted triggerman Ogün Samast.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/dink-gunmans-plead-for-release-rejected.aspx?pageID=238&nID=12135&NewsCatID=339

France-Turkey Armenia 'genocide' row reflected in media
Source: BBC
Date: 24.1.2012 
The news that the French Senate on Monday approved a bill which will make it illegal to deny that the mass killing of Armenians in 1915 in the Ottoman Empire was genocide has infuriated the Turkish establishment, which has threatened France with permanent sanctions.
The media in Turkey, France and Armenia have mostly reflected the official positions, but two French reports have highlighted the division between French lawmakers over the issue.
More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16702453

Access to Agos Website Denied "by the System"
Source: Bianet
Date: 24.1.2012 
Access to the website of the Armenian Agos newspaper was temporarily denied to students of schools affiliated with the Ministry of National Education on 23 January. The Turkish Telecom blamed an error of the system for the filtering of the website.
More: http://bianet.org/english/minorities/135662-access-to-agos-website-denied-by-the-system

23 January 2012

Minister says no need to be Armenian to condemn Dink killing
Source: Todayszaman
Date: 23.1.2012
In an apparent reference to a slogan frequently used by those who call for justice in the case concerning the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink -- “We are all Armenians” --Labor Minister Faruk Çelik has said that “we do not all have to be Armenians” to condemn the murder.
More: http://www.todayszaman.com/news-269328-minister-says-no-need-to-be-armenian-to-condemn-dink-killing.html

Press freedom 'terrible' in Turkey: watch group
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 23.1.2012 
Turkey’s record on press freedom remains deplorable, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said, adding that it is disappointed the prime minister did not respond to a letter on the issue.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/press-freedom-terrible-in-turkey-watch-group.aspx?pageID=238&nid=12027&NewsCatID=339

Daily News staff earns two journalism prizes
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 23.1.2012 
The Contemporary Journalists Association (ÇGD) announced the results of their Successful Journalists of 2011 Awards, presenting prizes to two members of the Hürriyet Daily News staff.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/daily-news-staff-earns-two-journalism-prizes.aspx?pageID=238&nid=12033&NewsCatID=341

"Journalists are in Prison Because of their Writings"
Source: Bianet
Date: 23.1.2012 
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Hammarberg found the decision of the Hrant Dink murder trial "disappointing" and questioned why the forces behind the murder have not been investigated. In his opinion, journalists in Turkey are being jailed on the grounds of their critical writings.
More: http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135635-journalists-are-in-prison-because-of-their-writings

Books of Killed Writer Musa Anter Investigated
Source: Bianet
Date: 23.1.2012 
Ten books published by the Aram Publishing Company became the subject of investigation on charges of "propaganda for an illegal organization via the media". The investigation also includes works of slain Kurdish writer Musa Anter.
More: http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135630-books-of-killed-writer-musa-anter-investigated

"Efforts to Silence the Press"
Source: Bianet
Date: 23.1.2012 
Three people were released pending trial at the initial hearing of the Yürüyüş magazine and Ozan Publishing employees. 11 detained defendants were at court for the first time after 13 months of pre-trial detention.
More:  http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135628-efforts-to-silence-the-press

TRT may suspend its partnership with Euronews
Source: Cumhuriyet
Date: 23.1.2012 
Turkish public broadcaster TRT is getting prepared to suspend its partnership with Euronews, if a bill which penalizes denial of the Armenian allegations on 1915 incidents is approved.
More: http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=310202

Books of slain Kurdish poet under investigation
Source: IFEX
Date: 23.1.2012 
(BIANET/IFEX) - 23 January 2012 - The Istanbul Public Chief Prosecutor is investigating 10 books published by the Aram Publishing Company for allegedly promoting "propaganda for an illegal organization via the media".
More: http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2012/01/25/aram_publishing_investigation/

22 January 2012

News Corp mulls bid for Turkey’s ATV and Sabah -WSJ
Source: Turkishpress
Date: 22.1.2012
News Corp is considering bidding for Turkish group Calik Holding’s media assets ATV and Sabah, Wall Street Journal reported citing sources familiar with the matter.
More: http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=376762

21 January 2012

Hrant Dink murder case and stumbling Turkish justice
Source: Hurriyetdaily
Date: 21.1.2012
The ruling of the Istanbul specially authorized court in the murder case of the Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink was deemed unacceptably wrong by many people in Turkey. Tens of thousands of people gathered in front of his Agos newspaper on the fifth anniversary of his murder - he was actually shot down exactly there - not only to commemorate him, but also to protest the court ruling announced earlier in the week.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hrant-dink-murder-case-and-stumbling-turkish-justice.aspx?pageID=238&nid=11969&NewsCatID=409

Turkish radio station closed down in Greece
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 21.1.2012 
A Turkish radio station broadcasting in Greece shut down due to the economic turmoil in the debt-ridden western neighbor of Turkey. More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-radio-station-closed-down-in-greece.aspx?pageID=238&nid=11936&NewsCatID=345 __

Ankara hails halt to ROJ TV
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 21.1.2012 
Ankara welcomed a decision by France-based satellite company Eutelsat to remove ROJ TV from the list of satellite channels it offers in line with a recent Danish court verdict.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ankara-hails-halt-to-roj-tv.aspx?pageID=238&nid=11960&NewsCatID=338

20 January 2012

Dink case is not over; it is only beginning
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 20.1.2012 
The verdict of Istanbul’s Specially Authorized 14th Criminal Court the other day on the Hrant Dink case has created pains in the conscience of Turkish society. The extensity of the reaction from very diverse segments of society as soon as the verdict was announced demonstrates an unprecedented consensus has been reached in public opinion. 
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/dink-case-is-not-over-it-is-only-beginning--.aspx?pageID=238&nid=11852&NewsCatID=428

Hrant Dink case drives awareness of 1915 events
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 20.1.2012 
The verdict against those who murdered Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink has the country in uproar. The details of the legal debacle are featured in the Hürriyet Daily News, so there is no need to waste space here. Judging by the reactions, the general sentiment is that justice has not been served in this case.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hrant-dink-case-drives-awareness-of-1915-events-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=11853&NewsCatID=416

Minority media rights, terrorism laws at issue in Roj TV case
Source: CPJ
Date: 20.1.2012 
French satellite provider Eutelsat announced yesterday it is suspending Kurdish satellite station Roj TV after a Danish court last week levied a hefty fine against the satellite station for promoting terrorism. Eutelsat's decision comes despite Roj TV's appeal before the Danish High Court, which is pending. The case has implications for how media content is evaluated, the rights of minority media, and how terrorism laws are balanced with human rights.
More: http://cpj.org/blog/2012/01/terrorism-laws-minority-media-rights-at-issue-in-r.php

Eutelsat pulls plug on Roj TV
Source: EJC
Date: 20.1.2012 
Satellite operator Eutelsat has asked distributors uplinking Roj TV to its satellites to suspend broadcasts of the channel in order to avoid incurring criminal liability as an accomplice to terrorist activities. Based in Denmark, the international satellite TV network is financed and controlled by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), labelled a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.
More: http://www.ejc.net/media_news/eutelsat_pulls_plug_on_roj_tv/

V satellite operator usurps court’s prerogative to silence Kurdish TV station
Source: IFEX
Date: 20.1.2012 
(RSF/IFEX) – 19 January 2012 – Reporters Without Borders is stunned by Paris-based TV satellite operator Eutelsat’s decision yesterday to stop carrying the broadcasts of Copenhagen-based Kurdish TV station Roj TV on the grounds that a Danish court found it guilty of supporting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an armed separatist group regarded by Turkey as a terrorist organization.
More: http://www.ifex.org/western_europe/2012/01/20/roj_tv_suspended/

Chief Prosecutor Files Appeal
Source: Bianet
Date: 20.1.2012 
The Istanbul Public Chief Prosecution filed an appeal against the decision of the Hrant Dink murder trial in order to reach a verdict in accordance with the indictment of the prosecution and the final plea.
More: http://bianet.org/english/minorities/135577-chief-prosecutor-files-appeal

Thousands of People Commemorate Hrant Dink
Source: Bianet
Date: 20.1.2012 
Thousands of people walked from Taksim to the office of the Agos newspaper in Şişli to commemorate Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink at the place he was killed five years ago. Two days after the Dink trial was concluded, banners reading "This trial will not end that way" were dominating the scene.
More: http://bianet.org/english/minorities/135575-thousands-of-people-commemorate-hrant-dink

19 January 2012

Thousands mark Hrant Dink's death 5 years on
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 19.1.2012 
More than 10,000 protesters marked the fifth anniversary of a Turkish-Armenian journalist's murder today as outrage continues to grow over a trial which failed to shed light on alleged official negligence or even collusion.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/thousands-mark-hrant-dinks-death-5-years-on.aspx?pageID=238&nID=11822&NewsCatID=339

Court’s verdict on Dink murder raises eyebrows
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 19.1.2012 
Following the court’s verdict in Hrant Dink murder trial, family, friends and lawyers of Dink family object to the decision saying that all their appeals will be blocked by the court’s decision indicating there was no organizational structure behind the crime. ‘Our conscience does not approve the verdict,’ a journalist says
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/courts-verdict-on-dink-murder-raises-eyebrows.aspx?pageID=238&nID=11779&NewsCatID=339

Dink suspects’ lawyers to appeal court’s ruling
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 19.1.2012 
Following the court’s decision to release suspect Erhan Tuncel in the Hrant Dink murder case, lawyers for the two other suspects Yasin Hayal and Ogün Samast may appeal to court for their clients’ release, according to reports.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/dink-suspects-lawyers-to-appeal-courts-ruling.aspx?pageID=238&nID=11784&NewsCatID=339

We didn't look at the evidence, Dink case judge admits
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 19.1.2012 
The court hearing the Hrant Dink case did not have enough evidence to determine whether the Turkish-Armenian journalist’s murder was organized, judge Rüstem Eryılmaz said today while admitting that judges did not listen to the phone recordings of suspects.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/we-didnt-look-at-the-evidence-dink-case-judge-admits-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=11819&NewsCatID=339

Wanted: Literature Expert
Source: Bianet
Date: 19.1.2012 
A problem emerged in finding experts for the Turkish translations of the books "Snuff" and "Soft Machine" that brought publishers and translators to court. The court decided to have the original version of "Snuff" assessed. For "Soft Machine", the expert problem is still not solved.
More: http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135560-wanted-literature-expert

RTÜK Issues Warning for "Erotic" Dance Program
Source: Bianet
Date: 19.1.2012 
RTÜK reprimanded and fined Show TV for six music videos, a dance program and a series that were deemed "obscene" and "pornographic" by the council. According to RTÜK, children and juveniles should be protected from these programs.
More: http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135554-rtuk-issues-warning-for-erotic-dance-program

Justice not served in Hrant Dink's case
Source: IFEX
Date: 19.1.2012 
A Turkish court this week sentenced a man to life in prison for inciting the murder of prominent ethnic Armenian journalist Hrant Dink five years ago, but cleared all 19 suspects of belonging to a terrorist organisation, reports IFEX member in Turkey the IPS Communication Foundation (BIANET), along with other IFEX members.
More: http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2012/01/19/dink_trial/

On fifth anniversary of Dink murder, OSCE media freedom representative calls for justice for all killed journalists in the OSCE region
Source: OSCE
Date: 19.1.2012 
VIENNA, 19 January 2012 – The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, said today on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the murder of prominent Turkish journalist Hrant Dink that OSCE participating States must do more to protect journalists and punish their assailants.
More: http://www.osce.org/fom/87053

TV satellite operator usurps court’s prerogative to silence Kurdish TV station
Source: IFEX
Date: 19.1.2012 
(RSF/IFEX) – 19 January 2012 – Reporters Without Borders is stunned by Paris-based TV satellite operator Eutelsat’s decision yesterday to stop carrying the broadcasts of Copenhagen-based Kurdish TV station Roj TV on the grounds that a Danish court found it guilty of supporting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an armed separatist group regarded by Turkey as a terrorist organization.
More: http://www.ifex.org/western_europe/2012/01/20/roj_tv_suspended/

18 January 2012

Ruling in Dink murder case stirs uproar
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 18.1.2012 
An Istanbul court issued the verdict in the case of Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian journalist murdered in 2007, sentencing suspect Yasin Hayal to aggravated life imprisonment and suspect Erhan Tuncel to more than 10 years in prison. Tuncel, who has been under arrest since 2007, was released later yesterday based on the time he served. 
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ruling-in-dink-murder-case-stirs-uproar-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=11726&NewsCatID=339

Life Sentence for Hayal, Tuncel Acquitted
Source: Bianet
Date: 18.1.2012 
After five years, the trial about the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist was decided on 17 January. All defendants were acquitted of charges of membership of an illegal organization. Yasin Hayal was handed down a life sentence. Tuncel was acquitted in the context of the murder but sentenced for the McDonald's bombing.
More: http://bianet.org/english/minorities/135519-life-sentence-for-hayal-tuncel-acquitted

CORRECTION: Critics Question Verdict in Hrant Dink Case
Source: International Press Institute (IPI)
Date: 18 January 2012
VIENNA, 18 Jan. 2012 – A court ruling yesterday sentenced a man convicted of involvement in the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink to life in prison.  Media-rights groups and other observers, however, strongly denounced the subsequent acquittal of the man, Yasin Hayal, and several co-defendants on charges they acted on orders from a terrorist organisation.   
** PLEASE NOTE: In a statement dated 18 Jan. 2012, "Critics Question Verdict in Hrant Dink Case", the International Press Institute (IPI) incorrectly stated that Turkish-Armenian journalist and IPI World Press Freedom Hero Hrant Dink used the term "genocide" to describe the massacre of ethnic Armenians at the beginning of the 20th century. Dink reportedly did not use that term and IPI regrets this error. The corrected release is as follows:
http://www.freemedia.at/home/singleview/article/critics-question-verdict-in-hrant-dink-case.html

17 January 2012

Turkey court sentences man to life in prison in slain journalist case
Source: Cumhuriyet
Date: 17.1.2012 
An Istanbul court on Tuesday sentenced a man to life in prison in the killing of a Turkish-Armenian journalist five years ago.
More: http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=308504

Dink lawyers warn over hasty verdict
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 17.1.2012 
Lawyers for the family of Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian journalist murdered in 2007, have urged the chief justice not to reach any hasty verdict in today’s hearing, suggesting that the investigation is not yet complete.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com

Man gets life for role in Hrant Dink murder
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 17.1.2012 
A Turkish court has sentenced a man to life in prison for his role in the killing of an ethnic Armenian journalist who was hated by hardline nationalists.
More: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/man-gets-life--for-role-in-hrant-dink-murder-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=11696&NewsCatID=339

Suspect gets life in Dink murder case, court sees no state role
Source: Todayszaman
Date: 17.1.2012 
A court has handed down life imprisonment for Yasin Hayal, a major suspect in the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, while another suspect, Erhan Tuncel, was acquitted of murder charges.
More: http://www.todayszaman.com/news-268795-suspect-gets-life-in-dink-murder-case-court-sees-no-state-role.html

Female journalists share experiences at GYV event
Source: Todayszaman
Date: 17.1.2012 
The Journalists and Writers Foundation's (GYV) Women's Platform brought together both Turkey's experienced and young journalists in an event that aimed to boost experience-sharing among female journalists.
More: http://www.todayszaman.com/news-268790-female-journalists-share-experiences-at-gyv-event.html

Hrant Dink murder trial about to end in cover-up, unless...
Source: RSF
Date: 17.1.2012 
The verdict in the trial of 18 people accused of participating in the January 2007 murder of Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor Hrant Dink will probably be handed down today. After blowing hot and cold for several months, Judge Rüstem Eryilmaz announced this at the end of the trial’s 24th hearing on 10 January.
More: http://en.rsf.org/turkey-hrant-dink-murder-trial-about-to-17-01-2012,41687.html

31 People Arrested
Source: Bianet
Date: 17.1.2012 
31 out of 35 people taken into custody in the scope of the most recent KCK operations were arrested. In the evening of 16 January, eight people were taken into police custodies after new operations, among them journalist Bozkurt.
More: http://bianet.org/english/minorities/135496-31-people-arrested

Hrant Dink murder: Turkish court jails man for life
Source: BBC
Date: 17.1.2012 
A court in Turkey has jailed three people for involvement in the 2007 killing of prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16600746

Life sentence and acquittals handed down in Hrant Dink murder trial
Source: IFEX
Date: 17.1.2012 
(BIANET/IFEX) - On 17 January 2012, five years after the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, the court has finally reached a decision in the murder trial. Dink, who was the editor-in-chief of the "Armenian Agos" newspaper at the time, was gunned down in front of his office on 19 January 2007 in the district of Sisli (Istanbul).
More: http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2012/01/18/dink_trial_sentences/

16 January 2012

First Hearing of Journalists after 13 Months of Pre-Trial Detention
Source: Bianet
Date: 16.1.2012 
Six employees of the Yürüyüş magazine will appear at court for the first time on 20 January after 13 months of detention. Entrance to their offices was forced in a raid in December 2010 when also helicopter had been used.
More: http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135464-first-hearing-of-journalists-after-13-months-of-pre-trial-detention

"Amendments of Anti-Terror Law Should quickly Pass into Law"
Source: Bianet
Date: 16.1.2012 
The Turkey Publishers Association called on the parliament to urgently pass the amendments of Articles 6 and 7 of the Anti-Terror Law as proposed by CHP MP Oktay into law in order to remove obstacles before press freedom.
More: http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135462-amendments-of-anti-terror-law-should-quickly-pass-into-law

Turkey fails to deliver justice for murdered Armenian journalist as trial ends
Source: Amnestyusa
Date: 16.1.2012 
The Turkish authorities have failed to address state officials' alleged involvement in the killing of journalist and human rights activist Hrant Dink, Amnesty International said today, as the trial of 18 people accused of his murder drew to a close.
More: http://www.amnestyusa.org/news/news-item/turkey-fails-to-deliver-justice-for-murdered-armenian-journalist-as-trial-ends

15 January 2012

Foreign Policy's emotional and biased journalism on Turkey
by İhsan Yılmaz
Source: Todayszaman
Date: 15.1.2012 
On Jan. 11, 2012, Foreign Policy magazine published a piece titled “Behind the Bars in the Deep State” by Justin Vela.
More: http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=268657

13 January 2012

20 arrests in Turkish raids on alleged rebel backers: report
Source: Cumhuriyet
Date: 13.1.2012 
Turkish police launched a nationwide swoop on alleged sympathisers of Kurdish separatist rebels and arrested more than 20 people, broadcaster NTV and other media outlets said.
More:http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=307498

Emotional Western journalism on Turkey
Source: Sundayszaman
Date: 13.1.2012 
Especially after the “one minute” incident at Davos, some Western media sources have been increasingly emotional in their journalism and news reporting of Turkey. More:http://www.sundayszaman.com/sunday/columnistDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=268530&columnistId=74

'Gaza hackers' target Israel fire service website
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 13.1.2012  Hackers claiming to be from the Gaza Strip defaced the website of the Israel Fire and Rescue services, posting a message saying "Death to Israel," a spokesman told.
More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gaza-hackers-target-israel-fire-service-website.aspx?pageID=238&nid=11401&NewsCatID=352

12 January 2012

New Hrant Dink Case Possible
Source: Bianet
Date: 12.1.2012 
Five years after the murder of Turkish Armenian journalist Dink, Judge Eryılmaz announced his intention to bring the trial to an end soon. Yet, considering new findings revealed by the plaintiff lawyers from the TİB records, a new case might be opened.
More: http://bianet.org/english/minorities/135382-new-hrant-dink-case-possible

Denmark pledges new law clearing way to shut down Roj TV
Source: Todayszaman
Date: 12.1.2012 
The Danish government has promised it will draft a new law that could pave the way to shut down a TV network which a Danish court recently found to have links with the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
More:http://www.todayszaman.com/news-268441-denmark-pledges-new-law-clearing-way-to-shut-down-roj-tv.html

Duchess of York faces charges over Turkish orphan film
Source: BBC
Date: 12.1.2012 
A court in Turkey has said it plans to prosecute the Duchess of York for secretly filming orphans in the country for a television documentary.
More:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16531752

Denmark pressured by Turkey on ROJ TV
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 12.1.2012 
Turkey increased pressure on Denmark for the closure of the Kurdish television station ROJ TV, known as the mouthpiece of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), following a court decision that sentenced the station for distributing propaganda of the terror organization.
More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/denmark-pressured-by-turkey-on-roj-tv.aspx?pageID=238&nid=11282&NewsCatID=351

Kurdish Roj TV fined but remains on air
Source: IFEX
Date: 12.1.2012 
(BIANET/IFEX) - The Copenhagen City Court in Denmark has ruled that there is no need to stop the broadcasts of the Kurdish satellite channel Roj TV. A trial was pending against the television channel on the grounds of its alleged connection to the outlawed armed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
More:http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2012/01/12/roj_tv_fined/

Turkish television series broadcast in 76 countries
Source: Todayszaman
Date: 12.1.2012 
Between 2005 and 2011 a total of 35,675 hours of Turkish TV programs were sold to 76 countries around the world, according to the Culture and Tourism Ministry.
More:http://www.todayszaman.com/news-268598-turkish-television-series-broadcast--in-76-countries.html

11 January 2012

Roj TV fined in Denmark
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 11.1.2012 
Ankara has asked Denmark’s supreme broadcasting board to ban a Kurdish television station affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) after a Danish court decided yesterday not to ban ROJ TV.
More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roj-tv-fined-in-denmark.aspx?pageID=238&nid=11200&NewsCatID=338

TTNET begins campaign for e-newspaper users
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 11.1.2012 
A new campaign for iPad users to receive free access to electronic newspaper applications of Hürriyet Daily News, daily Radikal and daily Hürriyet for three months has been launched by TTNET, Turkey’s biggest Internet provider. More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ttnet-begins-campaign-for-e-newspaper-users.aspx?pageID=238&nid=11152&NewsCatID=374

Kurdish Roj TV Received Fine but Remains on Air
Source: Bianet
Date: 11.1.2012 
A Danish court rejected the request to close down the Kurdish Roj TV channel and ruled for a monetary fine of DKK 65,000. The satellite channel was alleged of having connections with the PKK.
More:http://www.bianet.org/english/minorities/135354-kurdish-roj-tv-received-fine-but-remains-on-air

"Nothing to Celebrate"
Source: Bianet
Date: 11.1.2012  On 10 January, the Day of Working Journalists, the Contemporary Journalists Association highlighted oppression of journalists in their press release. "There is no press day to celebrate and there is no Day of Journalists worthy to be commemorated any more", they said.
More: http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135351-nothing-to-celebrate

Decision on 17 January?
Source: Bianet
Date: 11.1.2012 
The 24th hearing of the Hrant Dink murder trial was held on 10 January. The court president announced to possibly give a decision at the coming hearing on 17 January, two days prior to the 5th anniversary of the journalist's assassination. More:http://bianet.org/english/minorities/135349-decision-on-17-january

Roj TV to continue broadcasting, Danish court rules
Source: EJC
Date: 11.1.2012 
A Danish court on Tuesday fined a Kurdish satellite TV channel for broadcasting propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), but did not withdraw its licence. The Copenhagen district court ordered two firms linked to Roj TV to pay DNK 5.2m (USD 893,000) in fines for supporting terror.
More:http://www.ejc.net/media_news/roj_tv_to_continue_broadcasting_danish_court_rules/

10 January 2012

Voices of violence
Source: Journalistinturkey
Date: 10.1.2012 
The verdict is there: RojTV, the Kurdish TVchannel broadcasting from Belgium with a Danish license, will not be closed. Good news! A victory for the freedom of speech. Having said that, I deeply wish for RojTV to disappear naturally, or at least to radically change.
More:http://www.journalistinturkey.com/blogs/voices-of-violence_2760/

Danish court refuses to close down PKK-linked television
Source: Todayszaman
Date: 10.1.2012 
A Danish court ruled on Tuesday against banning a television channel that Turkey says is linked with the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
More:http://www.todayszaman.com/news-268160-danish-court-refuses-to-close-down-pkk-linked-television.html

Norwegian PM slams Turkey over free press
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 10.1.2012 
Despite major advancements in human rights and women’s rights in recent years, Turkey faces ‘difficulties regarding freedom of expression,’ says Jens Stoltenberg
More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/norwegian-pm-slams-turkey-over-free-press.aspx?pageID=238&nid=11103&NewsCatID=338

Turkish media giant Sabah-ATV put up for sale
Source: EJC
Date: 10.1.2012 
Turkish conglomerate Calik Holding, which is run by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's son-in-law, has put Sabah-ATV, the country's second-largest media company, up for sale, the Wall StreetJournal reported. Time Warner, led by chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes, and private equity firms are among possible bidders, it said. A source familiar with the situation said the entertainment giant, which has made acquisitions in fast-growing markets overseas in recent years, has been approached in the bidding process. More:http://www.ejc.net/media_news/turkish_media_giant_sabah-atv_put_up_for_sale/

Roj TV to continue broadcasting, Danish court rules
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 10.1.2012 
A Copenhagen court sentenced Roj TV to pay a 400,000-euro fine for making propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organization today but did not order the closure of the pro-Kurdish broadcaster. 
More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roj-tv-to-continue-broadcasting-danish-court-rules--.aspx?pageID=238&nid=11140&NewsCatID=351

‘Arrested Journal’ set for 2nd issue
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 10.1.2012 
The second issue of the “Arrested Journal,” which was created by journalists serving time behind bars, is set to be released today as a supplement to several other daily newspapers.
More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/arrested-journal-set-for-2nd-issue.aspx?pageID=238&nid=11109&NewsCatID=339

Academics Oppose Internet Filter at Universities
Source: Bianet
Date: 10.1.2012 
Upon the initiative of the Alternative Communication Association, more than a hundred academics launched a signature campaign against applying the disputed internet filtering system at universities.
More:http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135331-academics-oppose-internet-filter-at-universities

Denial of Genocide to be Criminalized in Entire EU
Source: Bianet
Date: 10.1.2012 
According to the EU states' Joint Framework Decision on the denial of genocide, the denial of the Armenian genocide can be considered a crime in 26 countries. French President Sarkozy wants the decision to be valid in the whole EU. More:http://www.bianet.org/english/minorities/135329-denial-of-genocide-to-be-criminalized-in-entire-eu

9 January 2012

Turkish Colonel, Journalist Fired over Kurdish Killings
Source: Blogs.wsj.com
Date: 9.1.2012 
Fallout from the Turkish military’s killing of 35 Kurdish civilians in an air strike at the Turkish-Iraqi border last month continues to claim victims. A journalist said she was fired for her coverage of the event and an officer involved was relieved of his post. More:http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2012/01/09/turkish-colonel-journalist-fired-over-kurdish-killings/

Journalist’s 16th death anniversary marked
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 9.1.2012 
On the 16th anniversary of his death, reporter Metin Göktepe of daily Evrensel, who was killed under police detention in 1996, was remembered at his gravesite at an Istanbul cemetery.
More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/journalists-16th-death-anniversary-marked.aspx?pageID=238&nID=11004&NewsCatID=341

Israeli deputy foreign minister's website hacked
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 9.1.2012 
Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon's website has been hacked by suspected Muslim extremists, the politician said on his Twitter account today. 
More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/israeli-deputy-foreign-ministers-website-hacked-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=11060&NewsCatID=352

Intelligence agency launches web page for children
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 9.1.2012 
Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MİT) has added a "children's page" feature to its website to teach kids the importance of intelligence gathering.
More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/intelligence-agency-launches-web-page-for-children.aspx?pageID=238&nid=11049&NewsCatID=341

Calling gay people 'perverts' an insult, top court says
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 9.1.2012
Turkey's High Court of Appeals has ordered daily Yeni Akit to pay compensation for insulting gay people in a headline it printed in 2008, daily Radikal reported today. 
More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/calling-gay-people-perverts-an-insult-top-court-says-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=11040&NewsCatID=339

'Prisoners Gazette' Published with "Enlarged Staff"
Source: Bianet
Date: 9.1.2012 
The second issue of the Prisoners Gazette will be available on 10 January. The newspaper was prepared by 43 detained journalists, two journalists released from prison and two guest writers.
More:http://www.bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135305-prisoners-gazette-published-with-enlarged-staff

8 January 2012

Israel vows treat hackers like other 'terrorists'
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 8.1.2012 
Israel said yesterday that it will respond to cyber-attacks in the same way it responds to violent "terrorist" acts, by striking back with force against hackers who threaten Israel.
More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/israel-vows-treat-hackers-like-other-terrorists.aspx?pageID=238&nid=10956&NewsCatID=352

7 January 2012

Çalık Group’s TV channels up for sale
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 7.1.2012 
PG Capital, KKR & Co LP and Time Warner are in talks to buy media assets from Turkey’s Çalık Holding, which include Sabah newspaper and ATV television, four people familiar with the situation said, according to Bloomberg News. More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/calik-groups-tv-channels-up-for-sale.aspx?pageID=238&nid=10942&NewsCatID=345

Court rules against freeing journalists, case postponed
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 7.1.2012 
Release of journalists Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener was denied by the court in Istanbul, despite both plead against charges leveled. Meanwhile, both EU and US express concern over the apprehension of journalists
More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/court-rules-against-freeing-journalists-case-postponed.aspx?pageID=238&nID=10919&NewsCatID=339

Turkish hackers target French websites before genocide vote
Source: Cumhuriyet
Date: 7.1.2012 
Turkish hackers are threatening to unleash a wave of cyber attacks against French websites after legislators in Paris voted to approve a law that would ban the denial of the Armenian genocide.
More:http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=306186

6 January 2012

Turkey court rejects request to release journalists
Source: Cumhuriyet
Date: 6.1.2012 
An Istanbul court Thursday rejected a request to release two prominent Turkish journalists charged with aiding a shadowy group aiming to topple the Islamic-rooted government, media reported.
More:http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=305868

103 journalists killed in 2011: Press watchdog
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 6.1.2012 
A total 103 journalists were killed in 2011, with Mexico the most dangerous place to work for the media, Vienna-based press watchdog IPI said yesterday. This was the second highest toll on record after 2009, when 110 journalists were killed while covering a story. More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/103-journalists-killed-in-2011-press-watchdog.aspx?pageID=238&nid=10860&NewsCatID=359

Journalist Şık: "I Do not Request my Release"
Source: Bianet
Date: 6.1.2012 
Journalist Şık, detained defendant of the Oda TV trial, said in his defence speech that his book "The Imam's Army" was investigated by the very people he described in the book. Şık claimed to be in jail because of his journalistic work and did not request his release. More:http://www.bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135252-journalist-sik-i-do-not-request-my-release

MİT statement full of lies, says journalist Baransu
Source: Todayszaman
Date: 6.1.2012 
The National Intelligence Organization's (MİT) denial that it provided intelligence to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) prior to an airstrike on Dec. 28 that killed 35 area residents mistaken for terrorists is a blatant lie, Taraf journalist Mehmet Baransu has said. More:http://www.todayszaman.com/news-267819-mit-statement-full-of-lies-says-journalist-baransu.html

Judicial system presses on with absurd trial of Oda TV journalists
Source: Reporters without Borders
Date: 6.1.2012 
This week’s hearings in the Istanbul trial of investigative journalists Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener and eight journalists employed by the Oda TV news website – Soner Yalçin, Dogan Yurdakul, Baris Pehlivan, Baris Terkoglu, Muhammet Sait Cakir, Coskun Musluk, Yalçin Küçük and Müyesser Ugur – have confirmed that the prosecution has no case against them.
More:http://en.rsf.org/turkey-judicial-system-presses-on-with-06-01-2012,41639.html

5 January 2012

Journalists defend themselves over coup case
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 5.1.2012 
Arrested journalists Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener presented their defense to the court today in an ongoing coup plot case. Şık was the first to defend himself against charges of being a member of an armed criminal organization with the purpose of overthrowing the current government.
More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/journalists-defend-themselves-over-coup-case.aspx?pageID=238&nid=10843&NewsCatID=338

Journalists to remain under arrest
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 5.1.2012 
An Istanbul court ruled for continued arrests of two famous reporters on trial for alleged links to Ergenekon group. More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/journalists-to-remain-under-arrest.aspx?pageID=238&nid=10871&NewsCatID=339

Journalist pleads he is anti-coup
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 5.1.2012 
Suspect Barış Pehlivan said during the seventh hearing of the Oda TV trial he was a journalist who was against military coups. More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/journalist-pleads-he-is-anti-coup.aspx?pageID=238&nid=10748&NewsCatID=341

Prominent investigative journalists on trial for alleged links to Ergenekon
Source: Cumhuriyet
Date: 5.1.2012 
Prominent Turkish journalists on trial for links to an underground anti-government network called the conspiracy charges against them "political" in a case that has raised concerns over media freedom in Turkey.
More:http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=305660

GÖP Urged for Fair Trial and Release of Journalists
Source: Bianet
Date: 6.1.2012 
On the day of the 8th hearing of the Oda TV trial, representatives of the Freedom for Journalists Platform called for fair trial procedures in accordance with the law and urged for an end of the detention of the indicted journalists. More:http://www.bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135229-gop-urged-for-fair-trial-and-release-of-journalists

This trial is devoid of justice and law” Ahmet Şık declares at court
Source: Habervesaire
Date: 5.1.2012 
One of the editors of News, Etc. Ahmet Şık who has been imprisoned since March last year finally faced the court today and delivered his defense statement rejecting all the charges. “I am here today because of a politically-motivated trial which is devoid of justice and law and which is conducted with falsified and fabricated documents,” he said.
More:http://en.habervesaire.com/haber/2329/

4 January 2012

Uludere Attack: Survivors Froze to Death
Source: Bianet
Date: 4.1.2012
Eight NGOs, including the Human Rights Association and the Turkish Medical Chamber, released a report about the Uludere operation that left 35 civilians dead. The report revealed that some victims froze or bled to death since official institutions failed to react on time.
More:http://bianet.org/english/minorities/135206-uludere-attack-survivors-froze-to-death

‘Time in Turkey’ photography book released
Source: Todayszaman
Date: 4.1.2012
A book that features photographs taken by 25 world famous photojournalists, including renowned American photographer Steve McCurry, known for his “Afghan Girl” portrait, was released following Wednesday’s launch at the İstanbul Modern contemporary art museum.
More:http://www.todayszaman.com/news-267646-time-in-turkey-photography-book-released.html

False use of ‘genocide’ may haunt Israel in future
Source: Todayszaman
Date: 4.1.2012
A recent Israeli parliamentary committee debate on Armenian claims of genocide at the hands of the late Ottoman Empire, which came days after the passage of a bill by the French parliament that criminalizes denial of these genocide claims, has led to a discussion of the motives of Israel, whose relations with Turkey are in a deep crisis, and whether such a move could in fact prove to be detrimental to the Jewish state.
More:http://www.todayszaman.com/news-267656-false-use-of-genocide-may-haunt-israel-in-future.html

Two more Journalists Arrested
Source: Bianet
Date: 4.1.2012 
Halkın Günlüğü newspaper reporter Sevgül was arrested in Diyarbakır in the context of a protest against the Uludere bombing. Former Özgür Gündem newspaper editor Kişin was arrested in the scope of the KCK investigation. More:http://www.bianet.org/english/minorities/135202-two-more-journalists-arrested

Turkish government should have apologized
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 4.1.2012 
Turkey closed 2011 with a horrible bloodbath: On the night of Dec. 28, 35 Kurdish villagers, who were reportedly smuggling gas and tea from Iraq, were killed by bombs dropped by Turkish warplanes. The military, apparently, had mistaken them for terrorists of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who uses the same mountain route for attacks against Turkish military posts. The victims, however, were just young men and boys who were trying to make a living in the destitute region. More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-government-should-have-apologized.aspx?pageID=238&nid=10640&NewsCatID=411

Deputy Şükür named new pundit of Lig TV
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 4.1.2012 
Istanbul deputy and former Turkish international forward Hakan Şükür will be a pundit for Lig TV, the daily Milliyet reported yesterday. More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/deputy-sukur-named-new-pundit-of-lig-tv.aspx?pageID=238&nid=10658&NewsCatID=362

Charges Against Journalists Dim the Democratic Glow in Turkey
Source: Nytimes
Date: 4.1.2012 
ISTANBUL — A year ago, the journalist Nedim Sener was investigating a murky terrorist network that prosecutors maintain was plotting to overthrow Turkey’s Muslim-inspired government. Today, Mr. Sener stands accused of being part of that plot, jailed in what human rights groups call a political purge of the governing party’s critics.
More:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/05/world/europe/turkeys-glow-dims-as-government-limits-free-speech.html?_r=1

Documents unlawfully seized: Oda TV lawyer
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 4.1.2012 
One of the defense lawyers in the ongoing Oda TV probe denied charges pertaining to digital documents earlier seized as evidence by law enforcement officers in a plea during the sixth hearing of the case Jan. 2.
More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/documents-unlawfully-seized-oda-tv-lawyer.aspx?pageID=238&nID=10682&NewsCatID=339

3 January 2012

Former Chief of General Staff Involved in "Internet Memorandum"?
Source: Bianet
Date: 3.1.2012 An investigation about former Chief of General Staff İlker Başbuğ was launched in the context of the "internet memorandum". The Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court decided to launch an investigation about İlker Başbuğ, former Chief of General Staff, in the context of the "internet memorandum trial". The case is related to internet sites allegedly established within the General Staff Headquarters with the aim to "illegally spread black propaganda and fraying out the government". More:http://bianet.org/english/media/135187-former-chief-of-general-staff-involved-in-internet-memorandum

History of Turkish Cypriot media to be written
Source: Turkishpress
Date: 3.1.2012
Historians and academics have started a joint project to write the history of Turkish Cypriot Media.
The first copy of the book will be ready in June. The project run by the Association of Turkish Cypriot Journalists is supported by the President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Dervis Eroglu.
More:http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=375722

Turkish group hacks French politician’s website
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 3.1.2012 
A Turkish cyber group hacked French politician Patrick Devedjian's website in protest of the recent French bill criminalizing the denial of Armenian “genocide.”
More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-group-hacks-french-politicians-website.aspx?pageID=238&nid=10635&NewsCatID=338

2 January 2012

The 10 Most Dangerous Places for Journalists
Source: Bianet

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has this year, for the first time, compiled a list of the world's 10 most dangerous places for the media - the 10 cities, districts, squares, provinces or regions where journalists and netizens were particularly exposed to violence and where freedom of information was flouted. For the second year running, Pakistan was the single deadliest country with a total of 10 journalists killed, most of them murdered.
More:http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135159-the-10-most-dangerous-places-for-journalists

Bill of Exception for Detained Journalists
Source: Bianet
Date: 2.1.2012
The defence lawyers of the journalists in custody and detention in the scope of the KCK trial submitted a bill of exception. At the subsequent press release, the lawyers were supported by deputies Tuncel, Aksoy, Dora and Zenderlioğlu of the pro-Kurdish BDP. More:http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/135153-bill-of-exception-for-detained-journalists

From no problems with neighbors to no friends
Source: Hurriyet
Date: 2.1.2012
The year 2011 was more than different, definitely for Turkey. Perhaps no one would think decades of absolute governments with leaders who appeared strong as the legendary steel of Japanese swords would fall apart within days or weeks. More:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/from-no-problems-with-neighbors-to-no-friends.aspx?pageID=238&nid=10485&NewsCatID=425