Chronology of Events

June 2011

13 June 2011


A question that divides Turkey: What is Ergenekon?

Now in its fourth year, Ergenekon has moved beyond the judicial and political arena, and expanded to the street, where it has divided people into camps. Thousands of pages of indictments, weapons and ammunition confiscated at secret locations alongside unending waves of arrests -- including military officers, politicians, journalists, academicians -- has created an ideal battleground for a war of conspiracy theories.

14 June 2011

Alleged hackers nabbed in Turkey following cyber attacks

The Turkish authorities have detained 32 people believed to be involved in online attacks on government web sites by members of the Anonymous international hacktivist group, according to a report by the country's state news agency Anatolia on Monday (June 13th). More….

16 June 2011


Reporters Without Borders urged the Turkish government today to prove it supports the media freedom it proclaimed during the recent election campaign.

18 June 2011

Turkish bloggers analyze election results

Thanks to their landslide election victory on June 12th, the AKP and its leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan they proved may actually stand a chance of remaining in power until 2023, like their slogan claims. More….

20 June 2011

The Harm of Harmful Publications

International PEN and PEN Turkey held this year's "Freedom to the Word" Literature Festival in Istanbul last weekend. Publishers, writers and interpreters discussed the "Harm of Harmful Publications" and the function of the Board for Protection from Harmful Publications.
Istanbul - BİA News Center


21 June 2011

The Western media and Erdogan: Falling out of love?

When The Economist magazine urged voters to back the opposition CHP in Turkey’s recent general election, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted Israel could be to blame. More…


"Human Rights Priorities for the New Government"

Human Rights Watch addressed Prime Minister Erdoğan in a letter and underlined the unique "opportunity to demonstrate at home and abroad the central importance of human rights and the rule of law in Turkey".
Istanbul - BİA News Center

Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, sent a letter to the old and new Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on Monday (20 June). The international organization emphasized that the "government's third term creates an unprecedented opportunity to build on the legacy of those early reforms and demonstrate at home and abroad the central importance of human rights and the rule of law in Turkey". 

23 June 2011


Dozens in Police Custody - 7 Arrests

A total of 24 people including journalist Pamuk, NGO members, politicians and children, were taken into custody in the scope of KCK operations in the pre-dominantly Kurdish cities of Van, Şırnak, Mardin, Muş, Bingöl, Ağrı and Diyarbakır, five people were arrested.
Van - Diyarbakır - BİA News Center


24 June 2011

MP Haberal and Journalist Balbay: Release Dismissed

The requests for the release of elected MP Prof. Haberal and journalist Balbay were dismissed. Both defendants are detained in the scope of the second "Ergenekon" trial.
Ankara - BİA News Center


27 June 2011


Prison administrators order "withdrawal of communications" after political prisoners celebrate Labour Day

An order for the punishment of 63 detainees and convicts at the Sincan No. 1 F Type Prison in Ankara was issued after they celebrated Labour Day on 1 May 2011 by chanting slogans and carrying out marches, just like their colleagues outside the prison. Fifty-seven inmates were "banned from communications" for one month, while six convicts and detainees were barred from receiving visitors for the same period of time. 

28 June 2011


Fifty writers of satirical online dictionary summoned to prosecutor's office

The Istanbul police knocked on the doors of 50 authors of the "Sour Dictionary" (Eksi Sozluk), an online "dictionary" based on user contributions aiming more to entertain its readers than give scientifically correct definitions. The writers were summoned to the Prosecutor's Office, where they gave statements before being released. Certain headings relating to religion were the reason for the interrogations. The police operation came just after the Sour Dictionary announced it had applied a "Hate Speech Control Project". 


Difficult Working Conditions for Turkish Journalists

In its section on working conditions of journalists, the media report of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation revealed problems like low salaries, lack of unionization, male dominance and informal employment.
Istanbul - BİA News Center


Arrested journalists to publish newspaper

Some 60 journalists are currently in prison  on anti-terror charges in Turkey, according to Abay, who said Turkey had managed to outscore China in this regard.
DAILY NEWS Journalists apprehended under the country’s anti-terror laws are planning to publish a newspaper called the “Arrested Journal” with contributions of other Turkish intellectuals. More…


29 June 2011


University students charged with "praising crime" after calling for their peers' release from prison

Seven university students are facing charges of "praising crime and a criminal" after they voiced support for two other students who were arrested in March 2010 for demanding free education. 

The Short Life of the Harakiri Magazine

The Children Protection Board decided that some drawings in the satiric Harakiri magazine were harmful to children. The magazine was handed down a TL 150,000 fine that forced the owners to cease publication for good after the second issue.
Istanbul - BİA News Center


30 June 2011

Journalist Pehlivan at Court after 4-month Detention publications director Pehlivan was taken to court for the first time after he was arrested four months ago. He is allegedly detained because he did not remove a reader comment about Muslim scholar Fetullah Gülen from the website.
Istanbul - BİA News Center


Appeal against Detention of Journalist Balbay Dismissed

The appeal against the decision to reject the release of journalist Balbay was dismissed. Balbay was elected Member of Parliament in the general elections on 12 June. He is a detained defendant of the second Ergenekon trial.
Istanbul - BİA News Center