Chronology of Events

January 2013


31 January 2013

ECHR Orders Turkey to Pay Damages to 9 Publications
BIA News Desk
31 January 2013
ECHR found Turkey guilty for suspending the publication and distribution of 9 newspapers and magazines (Bağımsız Demokrasi Sosyalizm İçin Yürüyüş, Ezilenlerin Sosyalist Alternatifi Atılım, Özgür Mezopotamya, Günlük, Siyasi Alternatif, Özgür Görüş, Süreç, Rojev and Demokratik Açılım) on various dates between 30 March 2008 and 3 December 2009, for periods ranging from fifteen days to one month.
http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/144003-echr-orders-turkey-to-pay-damages-to-9-publications


Report Reveals Discrimination Against Turkey's Alevis
BIA News Desk
31 January 2013
Hubyar Sultan Alevi Culture Association released its annual report regarding discrimination towards Turkey's Alevi people throughout 2012.
The report listed 60 different incidents in 2012 diverging from board-marking of apartments with Alevi dwellers to Turkish state's discriminatory practices toward Alevi funerals and arsons cases in sacred Alevi places.
http://bianet.org/english/human-rights/144019-report-reveals-discrimination-against-turkeys-alevis

29 January 2013

CHP leader denies rift in party, blames media
Hürriyet Daily News
29.01.2013.
Main opposition party leader criticizes media for exaggerating the division within the CHP saying ‘there isn’t much of a problem within the party’
‘I expect an apology to be offered to me personally,” CHP İzmir Lawmaker Birgül Ayman Güler tells reporters, noting that the attempts “to label her with racism and fascism with a pitiable lack of information and sensitivity.’ DHA photo
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/chp-leader-denies-rift-in-party-blames-media.aspx?pageID=238&nID=40030&NewsCatID=338

28 January 2013

Civil society reaches out to disabled
Southeast European Times
28/01/13
A blind man shouts slogans during a 2004 protest of the people with special needs in Istanbul. Nearly 13 percent of Turkey’s population is disabled. [AFP]
NGOs in Turkey and the Balkans are working to give disabled people a chance for a better life through projects that develop artistic talents.
http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2013/01/28/feature-05


Pınar Selek Issused a Life Sentence after 15 Year Trial
Erkan’s field diary
28.01.2013.
Pınar Selek, a Strasbourg-based sociologist and a writer, previously accused of bombing the Istanbul Spice Bazaar in 1998, was sentenced to life in prison in Turkey. After after being acquitted three times during her almost 15 year-long trial, the final verdict was delivered on January 24, 2013. If she returns to Turkey, she will be arrested by the police.
http://erkansaka.net/archives/19963


Deputy's racist remarks expose CHP's fragile fault lines
28 January 2013
TODAY'S ZAMAN
CHP İzmir deputy Birgül Ayman Güler drew huge ire from her colleagues last week after she made racist remarks against the Kurdish community. (Photo: İHA, Müge Çevik)
The Republican People's Party (CHP) has found itself on the brink of an intra-party conflict, with some of its deputies reportedly planning to part ways with the main opposition party and join an ultranationalist political party in protest of an intra-party crisis following recent racist remarks made by a deputy.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-305395-deputys-racist-remarks-expose-chps-fragile-fault-lines.html


Gov't package might ease limitations on freedom of speech
28 January 2013
TODAY'S ZAMAN
The government is planning to adopt a 4th Judicial Reform Package in an attempt to remedy problems in the Turkish judicial system that have been expressed in European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rulings time and again, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin has said.
In an interview with the Bugün daily published on Monday, Ergin said with the changes that will be introduced in the new package, statements that might be in favor of an outlawed group -- currently criminalized under Turkey's anti-terror laws -- but don't promote violence, will no longer be treated as crimes.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-305404-govt-package-might-ease-limitations-on-freedom-of-speech.html

27 January 2013

'Islamophobia is a new form of racism; entails hatred, not phobia'
27 January 2013
 Todays zaman
Speakers at the two-day panel organized by the Ministry of Youth and hosted by Maltepe University agree that Islamophobia is a new form of racism. (Photo: Today's Zaman, Kübra Kara)
Participants of an international panel discussion held in İstanbul over the weekend agreed that Islamophobia is a new form of racism and should be denounced the same way that anti-Semitism is, while arguing that the term “phobia” does not accurately represent the true nature of the perception of Muslims.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-305237-islamophobia-is-a-new-form-of-racism-entails-hatred-not-phobia.html

25 January 2013

Turkey criticized for lack of press freedom
Anatolia News Agency
25.01.2013.
Turkey has been criticized for its media freedom stature according to a report by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
“The high number of journalists imprisoned, detained or prosecuted has a paralyzing effect on its media environment,” the report read, while the country was said to have “more journalists in detention than any other State in the world.”
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-criticized-for-lack-of-press-freedom.aspx?pageID=238&nID=39793&NewsCatID=339

24 January 2013

Media focus on PKK militants' shooter Güney
24 January 2013
TODAY'S ZAMAN
Turkish media have been reporting on the details of Ömer Güney, identified on Monday as the prime suspect in the murder of three Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Paris earlier this month, giving details about his personal details and travel arrangements.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-305055-media-focus-on-pkk-militants-shooter-guney.html


Mumcu commemorated, disappointment reigns
24 January 2013
Today’s zaman
Prominent Turkish journalist Uğur Mumcu who was killed in a bomb attack in 1993, was commemorated on Thursday in several provinces across the country.(Photo: İHA, Murat Çelik B.)
Deep frustration was apparent amongst those who filled a street for the anniversary of the death of Uğur Mumcu, a well-known journalist and columnist who was assassinated exactly 20 years ago.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-305054-mumcu-commemorated-disappointment-reigns.html


Turkish sociologist gets life sentence in absentia
IFEX
24 January 2013
 An Istanbul court has sentenced sociologist Pinar Selek to life in prison for her alleged involvement in the 1998 Spice Bazaar explosion, a case that has been reopened three times in 14 years. The court also issued an arrest warrant for Selek, as she is currently in Strasbourg for her PhD in sociology.
The verdict was reached by a panel of judges, with one objection from Vedat Yılmazabdurrahmanoğlu, the head judge on the case.
On November 22, 2012, the court commuted an earlier not-guilty verdict and ordered Selek to stand trial for life sentence on December 13.
On December 13, the court rejected a recusal proposal made by the defense attorneys, saying that "there is no appearing reason to doubt judges' objectivity". Defense attorney Akın Atalay objected to the rejection and said that it violated Crime Prosecution Law Article 31.
Early on the morning of 24 January, 2013, roughly 150 people, including academicians and a lawyer from France, gathered on the steps of the Istanbul Courthouse to make a press statement. Demonstrators held banners in Turkish and French demanding justice and an acquittal for Pinar Selek.
The court session opened at 11:10 a.m., where Selek's 50 lawyers formed a crowd in the courtroom.
The panel of judges included a former judge who had rejected the acquittal verdict, as well as another judge who had appealed the acquittal verdict. The court once again rejected the defense attorneys' requests to dismiss the judges (due to lack objectivity) and restore the acquittal verdict.
The defense attorneys claimed that the initial verdict for acquittal should have been the final decision. "By overturning their own verdict for acquittal, the judges have already shown their true colours," said defense attorney Haydar Topal.
WHAT OTHER IFEX MEMBERS ARE SAYING
PEN International Protests Life Sentence Against Sociologist Pinar Selek (WiPC)
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2013/01/25/selek_life_sentence/


‘Gülen's principles should be applied in journalism training'
24 January 2013
Todays zaman
Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen's principles of dialogue and tolerance were suggested as the values that can be used in the training of media reporters, according to the speakers of a panel session held in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, on Tuesday.
The session, titled “Role of the Media in Education in Nigeria,” was joined by 250 participants who discussed the principles of good journalism.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-305050-gulens-principles-should-be-applied-in-journalism-training.html

23 January 2013

Turkish journalists jailed on vague anti-terror charges
IFEX
23 January 2013
Arrest
Sami Menteş, Journalist
Arrest, Attack, Hunger strike
Gamze Keşkek, Journalist
Veysel Şahin, Journalist
Fatih Özgür Aydın, Journalist
Arrest, Hunger strike
Yeliz Kılıç, Journalist
Doğan Karataşın, Journalist
Arrest, Release
Duygu Kıskanç, Journalist
Attack, Fine, Release
Halit Güdenoğlu, Journalist
Ali Ekber Kalendar, Journalist
Utku Aykar, Journalist
Necla Can, Journalist
Tuncer Gümüş, Journalist
Turkish authorities should halt their practice of jailing journalists on vague anti-terror charges and allow the local press to report freely without fear of imprisonment or harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
Police in Istanbul jailed at least 11 journalists on charges of belonging to a banned terrorist group, according to news reports. The arrests started on Thursday and continued into the weekend. All of the journalists denied the accusations, news reports said. An Istanbul court released five of the journalists today, but ordered the imprisonment of the remaining reporters, according to local press reports. The court did not specify the length of the imprisonment and did not name a date for a trial.
Bloomberg News reported that the arrests were part of a nationwide crackdown on Friday by Turkish authorities against alleged members and supporters of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), a local armed group considered terrorist by Turkish, European, and U.S. governments. Dozens of journalists, human rights lawyers, and musicians have been targeted amid the crackdown, local press freedom groups reported.
The jailed reporters include Sami Menteş, reporter for the daily Yurt; Gamze Keşkek and Veysel Şahin, of Tavır (Attitude) magazine; Yeliz Kılıç and Doğan Karataşın, of Yürüyüş magazine; and Fatih Özgür Aydın, of Artı İvme (Positive Acceleration), according to news reports and the journalists' lawyers. Five Yürüyüş journalists--Halit Güdenoğlu, Ali Ekber Kalendar, Utku Aykar, Necla Can and Tuncer Gümüş--were freed, but ordered to report to police weekly and to each pay bail of 10,000 Turkish liras (US$5,600). The court, who did not specify the reasons for the journalists' release, also forbade the journalists from traveling abroad.
Süleyman Gökten, lawyer for the Yürüyüş journalists, told CPJ that his clients were badly beaten by the police while in custody. Menteş was not mistreated during detention, but police denied him access to asthma inhaler for 24 hours, his lawyer, Serkan Günel, told CPJ.
Keşkek, Şahin, and Aydın, were also subjected to beatings by the police, their lawyer, Evrim Deniz Karataş, told CPJ. Both Gökten and Karataş also said their clients were denied water and sugar under detainment as they practiced a hunger strike in protest.
Gökten and Karataş told CPJ that the evidence presented in court against the journalists included recorded phone conversations, which were branded secret and not disclosed to the lawyers; photographs from the 2011 and 2012 protest rallies; and press clips.
"This latest round of arrests is a serious setback for press freedom in Turkey, which holds the dubious distinction of being the world's leading jailer of journalists," said CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney from New York. "Turkey should be emptying its jails of journalists, not filling them back up by using sweeping anti-terrorism laws."
In an unrelated development on Monday, police in Adana detained Duygu Kıskanç, a reporter for the daily Birgün, while she was reporting on a protest rally against the deployment of Patriot missiles at the U.S. Incirlik air base located near Adana. She was released today, Birgün reported.
Turkey is the world's worst jailer of journalists, according to CPJ research. At least 49 journalists were behind bars when CPJ conducted its worldwide prison census on December 1, 2012.
For more data and analysis on Turkey, visit CPJ's Turkey page here.
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2013/01/23/journalists_crackdown/

22 January 2013

Journalist Detained in Incirlik Air Base Patriot Protest
BIA News
22 January 2013
BirGün newspaper journalist Duygu Kıskanç has been detained by the police yesterday as she was reporting on the Patriot missile protests in Adana province.
BirGün newspaper journalist Duygu Kıskanç has been detained by the police yesterday as she was reporting on the Patriot missile protests in Adana province.
The incident took place when police placed barricades on the roadmap prevent a youth organization to protest the arrival of German troops at Incirlik  Air Base for NATO Patriot missile deployment.
Dozens of protestors insisted on marching towards the air base, shouting slogans like "We won't be soldiers of USA" and "USA is a killer, AKP the collaborator".
The police response has been brutal, many protestors were affected by police violence and tear gas bombs. Before her detention, BirGün newspaper journalist Duygu Kıskanç was told to report the protest.
BirGün newspaper promptly informed the detention through twitter and demanded the release of its employee.
http://bianet.org/english/youth/143753-journalist-detained-in-incirlik-air-base-patriot-protest


Nine human rights lawyers imprisoned in Turkey
22 January 2013
IFEX
Arrest
Güçlü Sevimli, Lawyer
Barkın Timtik, Lawyer
Şükriye Erden, Lawyer
Naciye Demir, Lawyer
Nazan Betül Vangölü Kozağaçlı, Lawyer
Taylan Tanay, Lawyer
Ebru Timtik, Lawyer
Günay Dağ, Lawyer
Selçuk Kozağaçlı, Lawyer(Human Rights Watch/IFEX) - 22 January 2013 - Yesterday's Istanbul court decision to order the pre-trial detention of nine human rights lawyers highlights the arbitrary and abusive use of anti-terrorism laws in Turkey, said Human Rights Watch. The 9 were among 12 lawyers arrested, 11 during early morning raids on January 18, and 1 on January 20.
In the past few years, Turkey's overbroad anti-terrorism laws have been used against an ever-widening circle of people, charged for non-violent political activities and the legitimate exercise of freedom of expression, association, and assembly. Such charges are often accompanied by prolonged pretrial detention. Prolonged pretrial detention that cannot be justified under international standards constitutes arbitrary detention in violation of human rights norms.
“Police raids against lawyers at 4 a.m., their arrest and imprisonment are part of a wider clampdown on those who oppose the government,” said Emma Sinclair-Webb, senior Turkey researcher at Human Rights Watch. “What makes the latest arrests particularly disturbing is that these lawyers are well-known for acting on behalf of those whose rights have been violated by the state.”
The arrest of 12 lawyers by the Istanbul police, and searches of their homes and offices on January 18 and January 20, is part of a wider police operation around the country against scores of individuals suspected of links with the armed outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), which has carried out attacks on police and military targets, and against politicians.
Two of the 12 were released by the prosecutor, and a third was released by the court but may still face trial depending on the outcome of the prosecutor's continuing investigation. The police also has arrest warrants for four other lawyers.
The nine lawyers imprisoned have been particularly active on human rights cases, especially in representing victims of police violence. There is a secrecy order on the investigation into the lawyers, and the nature of the evidence against them has not been fully disclosed. However, Human Rights Watch learned that all the questions asked by the prosecutors focused on the lawyers' legal activities on the board or as members of the Progressive Lawyers' Association, legitimate activities carried out in the course of discharging their professional duties, their simple participation in demonstrations without suggestion that they committed violent acts, and their histories of earlier prosecutions and convictions. Statements against the lawyers by a protected witness also raised no concrete allegations other than that they had performed activities amounting to the legitimate discharge of their professional duties as lawyers.
The imprisoned lawyers awaiting trial are: Güçlü Sevimli, Barkın Timtik, Şükriye Erden, Naciye Demir, Nazan Betül Vangölü Kozağaçlı, Taylan Tanay, Ebru Timtik, Günay Dağ, Selçuk Kozağaçlı. Kozağaçlı is national head of the Progressive Lawyers' Association, and Tanay is head of its Istanbul branch.
Human Rights Watch has raised serious concerns about the misuse of anti-terrorism laws and arbitrary imprisonment pending and during trial over the past few years (Protesting as a Terrorist Offense, Journalists' Arrests Chills Free Speech, Kurdish Party Members' Trial Violates Rights, Arrests Expose Flawed Justice System). The problem is exacerbated by excessive length of many legal proceedings in Turkey, with those remanded in custody being detained for months before the investigation is concluded and an indictment is produced, and then years before a final verdict is rendered. The misuse of anti-terrorism laws and delays in legal proceedings are all incompatible with Turkey's obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as international treaties such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. They give rise to violations of some of the most fundamental protections guaranteed by the treaties, including freedom of expression and association, right to liberty and security, and right to due process.
Official Ministry of Justice figures from end of May 2012 put the number of prisoners charged with terrorism offenses at 8,995. Half of them are remanded prisoners, and the other half has at least received a first verdict though it may still be on appeal.
“Official figures from a few months ago suggest that many thousands are in prison for terrorism offenses, many of them political activists, students, journalists, and human rights defenders,” Sinclair-Webb said. “Most have committed no offense that could or should be described as terrorism under international law.”
Click here for more Human Rights Watch reports on Turkey.
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2013/01/22/turkey_nine_human_rights/

21 January 2013

New Releases, Detentions in Lawyer Round Up Case
BIA
21 January 2013
11 out of 68 individuals detained in the lawyer round up case on Friday morning have been released yesterday, while a human rights lawyer association chair has been detained the same morning.
Selçuk Kozağaçlı, Contemporary Lawyers Association chair, has been detained right after the plane he took from Beirut landed at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport yesterday morning.
http://bianet.org/english/human-rights/143723-new-releases-detentions-in-lawyer-round-up-case


Hrant Dink Commemorated
Bia
 21 January 2013
Thousands of people commemorated Hrant Dink on Saturday afternoon in front of Agos newspaper building on the sixth anniversary of his assassination.
Thousands of human rights activists, students, journalists, intellectuals and workers union representatives gathered in front of Agos newspaper building Saturday afternoon to commemorate the sixth death anniversary of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.
http://bianet.org/english/minorities/143728-hrant-dink-commemorated


Anadolu Agency's new office in Middle East operations
21 January 2013 11:35
AA
Lebanese Minister of Information Walid Daouq, Turkey's Ambassador in Beirut Inan Ozyildiz, political party representatives in Beirut, chief editors of televisions and newspapers and religious representatives are expected to be present at the inauguration ceremony of Beirut Office of AA Middle Eastern Regional Directorate located in Cairo.
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/124176--anadolu-agencys-new-office-in-middle-east-operations


General Staff launches Cyber Defense Center Directorate
Today's Zaman
21 January 2013
In a statement published on its website on Monday, the General Staff said a Cyber Defense Center Directorate has been launched within the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) to fight cyber attacks against the country's security.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-304658-general-staff-launches-cyber-defense-center-directorate.html


9 Human Rights Lawyers Arrested in Istanbul
BIA
21 January 2013
An Istanbul court order this afternoon the arrest of 9 human rights lawyers who have been detained since Friday for charges related to being a DHKP-C member.
An Istanbul court order this afternoon the arrest of 9 human rights lawyers who have been detained since Friday for charges related to being a DHKP-C member.
http://bianet.org/english/human-rights/143740-9-human-rights-lawyers-arrested-in-istanbul


Hrant Dink Commemorated
Bia News
 21 January 2013
Thousands of people commemorated Hrant Dink on Saturday afternoon in front of Agos newspaper building on the sixth anniversary of his assassination.
Thousands of human rights activists, students, journalists, intellectuals and workers union representatives gathered in front of Agos newspaper building Saturday afternoon to commemorate the sixth death anniversary of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.
This year's commemoration activities followed the motto "Buradayız ahparig" which suggested that his friends are still with Hrant Dink who was assassinated on January 19, 2007.
The commemoration was held under a heavy rain, which did not seem to prevent any of Hrant Dink's friends from standingin front of Agos newspaper and forming a huge crowd in the surrounding areas which blocked the busy Istanbul traffic.
The crowd initially gathered in Istanbul's Sisli district at 1:30pm to walk with banners in Turkish, Kurdish and Armenian that demanded for justice in Hrant Dink's case, as well as in Turkey's most controversial human rights abuses in the past decade. Protestors shouted slogans like "We are all Hrant, we are all Armenian", "This case won't end until we say so", "Hrant, you are our brother".
Prior to the commemoration at 3pm, exactly when Dink was assasinated six years ago, Taraf newspaper columnist Hidayet Şevkatli Tuksal, Hrant Dink's wife Rakel Dink and MIT professor Noam Chomsky addressed the crowd from the window of Agos newspaper.
The speakers also mentioned several other individuals including Sevag Balıkçı, a Turkish-Armenian who was reported dead last year during his compulsory military service, Saturday Mothers who left behind their 400th week for the search of their beloved sons, and Mehmet Ali Birand, a leading Turkish journalist who died last week and whose funeral ceremony day coincided with Hrant Dink commemoration.
When the clocks struck 3pm, thousands of people on the street remained silent to salute Hrant Dink. A sound recording of Hrant Dink was heard through speakers.
Chomsky: We should follow Dink's example
MIT linguist and activist Noam Chomsky, who visited Turkey to attend a special lecture dedicated to the memory of Hrant Dink in Bogaizi University on Friday, addressed the crowd from Agos newspaper window.
Speaking in Engish and expressing his satisfaction to see the commemoration crowd despite the pouring rain, Chomsky said the crowd could best commemorate the slain journalist by following the cause that he died for.
Rakel Dink: We will always be together
Rakel Dink, Hrant Dink's wife, claimed that the Turkish state maintained collaborating with the culprit by not putting them before the court. "Here we are and we still remember the injustice. We are here for the truth and justice. We are here to tell our story to each other. We are here and we will always be together."
Police intervention with tear gas
Following the peaceful commemoration, the crowd started to leave the district where police assaulted some protestors allegedly attacking banks in Elmadag district towards downtown Istanbul.
The police intervention caused a temporary panic among other protestors when the tear gas spread through the street. Several peaceful demonstrators were reported to flee in panic and find refuge in subway stations or local business shops.
http://bianet.org/english/minorities/143728-hrant-dink-commemorated

20 January 2013

Slain Hrant Dink has commemorated
20.01.2013.
Cumhurriyet
Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was commemorated on Saturday on the 6th anniversary of his murder.
A large crowd attended a ceremony held outside the offices of his Agos weekly in Istanbul, carrying banners that read "We are all Hrant, we are all Armenians" and laying carnations and lighting candles at the very spot Dink was shot dead on January 19, 2007.  
http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=393612


Slain Turkish-Armenian journalist commemorated
AA
20 January 2013
Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was commemorated on Saturday on the 6th anniversary of his murder.
A large crowd attended a ceremony held outside the offices of his Agos weekly in Istanbul, carrying banners that read "We are all Hrant, we are all Armenians" and laying carnations and lighting candles at the very spot Dink was shot dead on January 19, 2007.  
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/123854--slain-turkish-armenian-journalist-commemorated-turkish-armenian-journalist-hrant-dink-was-commemorated-on-saturday-on-the-6th-anniversary-of-his-murder-istanbul-aa-january-20-2013-turkish-armenian-journalist-hrant-dink-was-commemorated-on-saturday


Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink commemorated
20 January 2013
 Haber Turk
A large crowd attended a ceremony held outside the offices of his Agos weekly in Istanbul, carrying banners that read "We are all Hrant, we are all Armenians" and laying carnations and lighting candles at the very spot Dink was shot dead on January 19, 2007.
http://www.haberturk.com/general/haber/813045-turkish-armenian-journalist-hrant-dink-commemorated


Lawyer Çetin: MİT knows about Dink murder but does not release facts
Today's Zaman
20 January 2013
A number of state institutions had information about the plans to murder Hrant Dink, the late chief editor of the Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, and among them is the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), which has been withholding valuable information from the courts, the chief lawyer for the Dink family has said to Monday Talk.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-304579-lawyer-cetin-mit-knows-about-dink-murder-but-does-not-release-facts.html


Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink commemorated
20 Jan 2013
Haber Turk
Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was commemorated on Saturday on the 6th anniversary of his murder.
A large crowd attended a ceremony held outside the offices of his Agos weekly in Istanbul, carrying banners that read "We are all Hrant, we are all Armenians" and laying carnations and lighting candles at the very spot Dink was shot dead on January 19, 2007.
http://www.haberturk.com/general/haber/813045-turkish-armenian-journalist-hrant-dink-commemorated


Minister hints at new probe as thousands march for justice in Dink case
20 January 2013
TODAY'S ZAMAN
Tens of thousands of people marched for justice in the case against the shooting of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrank Dink on Saturday and Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said Dink's murder may be re-investigated under the fourth judicial reform package.
The late editor-in-chief of the Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, Dink, was shot dead by ultra-nationalist teenager Ogün Samast.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-304605-minister-hints-at-new-probe-as-thousands-march-for-justice-in-dink-case.html

19 January 2013

Funeral ceremony held for veteran Turkish broadcast journalist
AA
19 January 2013
A funeral ceremony was held in Istanbul for seasoned Turkish broadcast journalist Mehmet Ali Birand who passed away Thursday at the age of 72.
The funeral ceremony was held at Istanbul's Tesvikiye Mosque and it was attended by Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek, main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc and by many of his colleagues and friends.
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/123659--funeral-ceremony-held-for-veteran-turkish-broadcast-journalist


Turkish FM praises AA's drive to become a global news agency
AA
19 January 2013
Davutoglu said Anadolu Agency has a very important role in telling this story abroad.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said he was pleased to see the Anadolu Agency's efforts to become a global news agency, adding that the A played an important role in telling abroad Turkey's success story.
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/123674--turkish-fm-praises-aas-drive-to-become-a-global-news-agency


Thousands say last goodbye to veteran journalist Birand
19 January 2013
TODAY'S ZAMAN
Kanal D News Group chairman and veteran journalist Mehmet Ali Birand, who passed away on Thursday, was buried on Saturday at noon after funeral prayers at İstanbul's Teşvikiye Mosque.
Earlier in the day a memorial ceremony was held for Birand at Doğan Media Center, where his colleagues as well as prominent politicians and businessmen bid him a tearful farewell.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-304493-thousands-say-last-goodbye-to-veteran-journalist-birand.html


Dink remembered on 6th anniversary of murder as calls for justice grow
19 January 2013
TODAYSZAMAN.COM
Tens of thousands of people on Saturday remembered Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink on the sixth anniversary of his murder and called for justice.
Thousands of people marched from İstanbul's Taksim Square to the site of Hrant Dink's murder in 2007,the Agos weekly headquarters in Şişli, as they do every year on Jan. 19 since Dink's murder to support his family and demand justice.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-304497-dink-remembered-on-6th-anniversary-of-murder-as-calls-for-justice-grow.html

18 January 2013

TURKEY MOURNS THE LOSS OF FAMOUS NEWS ANCHOR
TRT
18.01.2013
President Abdullah Gül, Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Republican People's Party Leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu released condolence messages for the death of famous news anchor Mehmet Ali Birand.
President Gül said he knew Birand closely and that he would always remember the legendary anchor with love, respect and appreciation.
http://www.trt-world.com/trtworld/en/newsDetail.aspx?HaberKodu=36d0cec2-9ab1-473e-bd57-4764b52f067f


Six years on, eyes on probe into public officials' role in Dink murder
18 January 2013
Today’s zaman
Six years have passed since the assassination of journalist Hrant Dink and although there has been mounting evidence that the murder was not the job of a few individuals, those who masterminded the plot to kill him and who covered up the evidence after his murder have yet to be exposed and punished.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-304475-six-years-on-eyes-on-probe-into-public-officials-role-in-dink-murder.html


TURKISH JOURNALIST BIRAND PASSED AWAY
18.01.2013
TRT
Chairman of Kanal D News Group Mehmet Ali Birand Mehmet Ali Birand died at age of 71.
Veteran journalist and political analyst Mehmet Ali Birand passed away şin İstanbul on Thursday.
Birand was treated at the intensive care unit due to a heart problem that transpired after his gall bladder was surgically removed.
Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, Mehmet Ali Birand went through a long term treatment.
http://www.trt-world.com/trtworld/en/newsDetail.aspx?HaberKodu=41314c9e-9b6c-4d12-95b8-57042da6d022

17 January 2013

Appeals Court Overturns Festus Okey Verdict
BIA
17 January 2013
An appeals court in Istanbul overturned the conviction of police officer Cengiz Yıldız charged with negligently murdering Nigerian immigrant Festus Okey under detention in 2007, recommending that the convict ought to be charged with murder.
An appeals court in Istanbul overturned the conviction of police officer Cengiz Yıldız charged with negligently murdering Nigerian immigrant Festus Okey under detention in 2007, recommending that the convict ought to be charged with murder.
http://bianet.org/english/human-rights/143644-appeals-court-overturns-festus-okey-verdict


Veteran journalist Birand passes away
Cumhurriyet
17.01.2013.
Turkish journalist and Chairman of Kanal D News Group Mehmet Ali Birand died at the age of 71 in Istanbul on Thursday.
İstanbul- A liberal journalist and political commentator, Birand was the anchorman of Turkish broadcaster Kanal D's main news bulletin, wrote daily columns and moderated a hard-talk programme.
http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=393096


Jailed Journalist Nominated for Freedom of Expression Award
BIA
17 January 2013
UK's Index on Censorship Institution nominated jailed Evrensel newspaper journalist Sadiye Eser for its annual freedom of expression award.
Index on Censorship, a UK based institution that celebrated the freedom of expression with an annual award, nominated Sadiye Eser, Evrensel newspaper journalist jailed for terrorism charges, for its 2013 Freedom of Expression Award.
http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/143622-jailed-journalist-nominated-for-freedom-of-expression-award

16 January 2013

Öcalan’s TV keeps politicians busy
 Hürriyet Daily News
16.01.2013.
No television set has ever provided such fodder for debate among politicians as the one given to Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), with the political agenda bogged down with talk after Öcalan’s brother claimed Öcalan hadn’t really asked for a TV as the justice minister said televisions would not be given to convicts in absence of a request.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ocalans-tv-keeps-politicians-busy.aspx?pageID=238&nID=39131&NewsCatID=338

15 January 2013

Öcalan himself demanded a television: Justice minister
Hurriyet
15.01.2013.
Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin today denied claims that the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, did not want a television in his room.
"A television would not be given unless the inmate demands one. There are no special broadcasts for him; he will be able to watch whatever other inmates watch," Ergin told reporters at Parliament, according to daily Hürriyet.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ocalan-himself-demanded-a-television-justice-minister.aspx?pageID=238&nID=39095&NewsCatID=338

14 January 2013

Jailed Students Face Psychological Issues: Human Rights Activists
BIAnet
14 January 2013
Turkey's Human Right Association members disclosed a letter sent from Siirt province prison inmates saying that 5 underaged inmates were facing serious psychological problems.
Human Rights Association branch in Siirt province released a statement saying that they received a letter from Siirt province prison inmates on the psychological well-being of 5 underaged students inmates between 14 and 16 years old. "Underaged inmates were said to repeatedly cut themselves. One of them ended up being hospitalized after having cut his wrists," the statement said.
http://bianet.org/english/youth/143537-jailed-students-face-psychological-issues-human-rights-activists


Journalists attacked as Bahçeli visits Silivri prison
14 January 2013
TODAYS ZAMAN
A reporter and a cameraman from Samanyolu TV were attacked by a group of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) officials in İstanbul's Silivri district on Monday as the two were covering a visit by MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli to former Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ, who is currently being jailed on coup charges.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-303978-journalists-attacked-as-bahceli-visits-silivri-prison.html