Chronology of Events

March 2013


31.03.2013

German court not letting Turkish journalists cover NSU case
AA
31 March 2013
Turkish FM Davutoglu asks German counterpart Westerwelle to assist in letting Turkish officials and journalists attend the NSU case
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday phoned his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle and asked for his assistance in letting Turkish officials and journalists attend the NSU case.
Diplomatic sources said that Davutoglu conveyed Turkey's views on the NSU case to Westerwelle and reminded Westerwelle that the case was closely followed by the Turkish people.
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/151293--german-court-not-letting-turkish-journalists-cover-nsu-case

29.03.2013

AA's photo journalist wounded in protests in Egypt
AA
29.03.2013.
A total of four people were wounded in the protests in Alexandria city
Four people including Anadolu Agency's photo journalist Ahmed Ismail were wounded during the clashes near Muslim Brotherhood's office building in Alexandria city in Egypt on Friday.
http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=383708

27.03.2013

African journalist delegation visits Anadolu Agency
AA
27 March 2013
African delegation of 21 journalists visited Anadolu Agency and obtained information in regards to its centennial vision.
African delegation of 21 journalists visited Anadolu Agency (AA) on Wednesday.
The delegation invited within scope of "Journalist Delegation Programme" of the Turkish Prime Ministry Office of Public Diplomacy between March 25 and 31, obtained information about Anadolu Agency.
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/149249--african-journalist-delegation-visits-anadolu-agency


Amnesty International calls on Turkey to ‘remove shackles on freedom'
27 March 2013
TODAYSZAMAN.COM
Amnesty International said in a report released on Wednesday that a package of reforms before Turkey's Parliament risks becoming a missed opportunity to bring the country's laws in line with international human rights standards and leaves people vulnerable to a range of abuses including jail time for expressing opinions.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-310911-amnesty-international-calls-on-turkey-to-remove-shackles-on-freedom.html

26.03.2013

Turkey called on to strengthen reforms
26.03.2013.
Hürriyet daily
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Turkey to strengthen legal reform on the grounds that it could “significantly improve” human rights and help bolster the ongoing peace process with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-called-on-to-strengthen-reforms.aspx?pageID=238&nID=43634&NewsCatID=338

22.03.2013

Turkish columnist resigns amid alleged government pressure
IFEX
 22 March 2013
The International Press Institute (IPI) and its affiliate, the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), today expressed concern at claims that political pressure led veteran Turkish columnist Hasan Cemal to resign this week.
Cemal resigned from Milliyet after the daily newspaper declined to publish the first column he authored, a translation of which appears below, following a two-week suspension for voicing support for the newspaper's publication of the "Imrali minutes" earlier this month.
The minutes - taken during a meeting between lawmakers of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, who is negotiating a potential peace deal with Turkey's government - purportedly describe Ocalan's thoughts on the peace process.
The release has angered Turkish nationalists as well as the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who strongly criticised the publication saying: "If this is [journalism], then, down with your journalism!" Erdogan also cited passages from a column Cemal wrote and condemned the journalist, but without mentioning his name.
Local media have reported allegations that calls from the prime minister's office to the newspaper's owners led directly to pressure by Milliyet proprietor Erdogan Demiroren on Editor-in-Chief Derya Sazak - who took part in the earlier decision to publish the minutes - to fire Cemal.
The journalist instead was given an involuntary two-week "cooling off" period. When he submitted his thoughts on the relationship between media, business and government in Turkey in his first article back, Sazak - who took part in the decision to publish the Imrali minutes - declined to run it. Cemal then resigned rather than submit a new piece.
Cemal told IPI that the decision not to run his column came from the paper's ownership, the Demiroren Group of Companies, which also holds energy interests. However, he stopped short of blaming the prime minister, noting that Erdogan's office reportedly denied charges of having pressured Milliyet's owners.
Other local sources, however, rejected that denial. IPI Executive Board Member Ferai Tinc, former head of IPI's Turkish National Committee, said that Cemal's departure was the latest manifestation of a trend across Turkish media in which publishers and editors are bowing to government pressure on editorial content in a manner that affects the public's ability to have access to information and multiple opinions.
"This is the latest phase in a process which, from the beginning, has been in direct violation of freedom of the press," she said. "What we have here is a decision completely shaped by the prime minister, by his threat aimed directly at the owner of the newspaper, and this event is a typical example of the climate of self-censorship in the country."
Cemal, a former member of IPI's Executive Board and the board of its Turkish National Committee with 45 years of experience in journalism, told IPI: "If I can't criticise the situation, that is a big blow for freedom of expression in Turkey."
Cemal provided IPI with a full translation of his article that Milliyet declined to run, which appears below. The opinions expressed are those of the author and they do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the International Press Institute (IPI).
As I revisit my column, a few words on Journalism...
This column has remained empty for two weeks since Prime Minister Erdogan blasted Milliyet in Balikesir by saying "Down with your journalism" because of the report by Namik Durukan on the minutes of the meeting with Ocalan on Imrali Island.
Tayyip Erdogan targeted me in his speech as well. He did not pronounce my name but he directly quoted my words defending the report and blasted me.
I was underlining one of the fundamental principles of my profession in those words. I argued that journalism and ruling a country are separate issues, and underscored the dividing line that set them apart.
This was what I was saying in a nutshell: In democracies, politicians rule the country and reporters report!
This is how it works in democracies. It is freedoms and the universal principles of journalism that define the borders of journalism, not some national or non-national criteria drawn by the perspective of the political power.
The universal principles of journalism definitely include "responsibility", even though it is very hard to define it. However, this sense of responsibility does not necessarily and does not "have to" overlap with the type of responsibility the government defines.
In democracies, journalists and the government are at times at odds with each other. They clash. This is a very frequent case in democracies. Relations become so tense that they are sometimes about to collapse. American democracy is full of interesting and colourful examples of such cases. But for the purpose of this article, I will skip that part.
I do not intend to get into the details of the "incident" between Ankara and Milliyet after the report on the minutes of the Imrali meeting for the time being. I do not want to personalise the issue. This is not the first time that has happened to me. Several colleagues of mine have been down this road before and they unfortunately continue to go through the same road.
It is necessary to mention one point. Relations between media and government have always been problematic in Turkey. Because political power groups have always tried to control the media and the community of journalists, quite often with the red lines that they have themselves drawn. They have exerted pressure through economic, political and legal instruments. This has always been the case.
The economic interests of media moguls outside the area of journalism have given the political power groups the upper hand. In other words, the dependence of media moguls on Ankara for their economic interests or the excessive power of Ankara on economic issues, coupled with the second-class judiciary in Turkey, have made it easier for the political power elite to manipulate the media.
And then there is the perspective of media bosses on journalism....
It was in early 1990s. I was the chief-editor for Cumhuriyet daily. One of the big names of the Turkish business community had asked for my advice as he intended to launch a newspaper. I asked him: "Why do you want to launch a newspaper? Do you want to have a 'successful newspaper' as well as a successful fridge and a TV factory and a bank in Europe? Or do you want to launch a newspaper in order to create a new power group in the eye of the political power as opposed to your rivals and competitors? Do you want to protect your own business interests or to have a 'successful newspaper'? What is it that you want?"
I have written on this before. But the question posed above is still valid today. The faulty and defective structure of the relations between Ankara and media is still knotted around that question.
But not only that. We have to keep in mind the roles of the community of journalists, particularly the Journalism elite that derail the media-government relations.
Chief editors and major columnists have failed to defend journalism against political power groups and against their bosses and even
sometimes in spite of their bosses. They have not been able to form strong professional platforms to do this.
I would like to underline one point here. I am not spared from bad grades throughout my journalism career for 45 years. I will not elaborate on this and I don't want to.
In order for the media-government, government-journalist, journalist-boss relations to fall into their relevant places, it goes without saying that the community of journalists absolutely have their own responsibility. We should not ignore the following:
To sit back and watch as if hands were tied and held back or as if not caring, an indifferent attitude or a "no need" approach have played an important role in dooming democracy and the state of law to a second-class position in this country.
The higher we raise the flag of journalism, the more we own up to the independence and freedom of our profession, the more we insist on "walking the line of journalism" in the words of Milliyet's brilliant chief editor, Derya Sazak, the higher we will set the bar for democracy and the rule of law in this country.
This issue becomes more important at this point of time when Turkey is going through a critical period as far as the Kurdish issue is
concerned. The higher we set the bar for a democratic state and a state of law, the wider the door for peace will open.
The better we do our profession as journalists, the better the journalist, the media boss, the politician stick to their respective professions, without any doubt, all of us will be more relieved and will be at ease, with democracy and peace fitting in their right places.
As a journalist who has been crazy about the profession for long years, despite a lot of plights and negativities, I keep my hopes high for the future.
My thoughts and feelings have been strengthened by what I have witnessed for the last two weeks.
Now, let's get back to work and do our job better.
I cannot help thinking that I could have penned a better article as I conclude my first piece after an obligatory two-week break.
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2013/03/22/re_ipi_statement_on_turke/


With religious, cultural content, Irmak TV starts broadcasting
22 March 2013
TODAY'S ZAMAN
Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ speaking to attendees at the opening ceremony of the Irmak TV on Thursday night. (Photo: Today's Zaman)
New television channel Irmak TV began broadcasting on Thursday night in a magnificent ceremony with blessings from senior Turkish officials, journalists and public figures.
The TV channel, along with Today's Zaman, is part of the Feza Media Group, and will mostly broadcast programs with moral, spiritual, cultural and religious content.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-310439-with-religious-cultural-content-irmak-tv-starts-broadcasting.html

21.03.2013

Erdoğan denies role in Milliyet journalist's dismissal
21 March 2013
TODAY'S ZAMAN
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday denied claims that he put pressure on the owners of the Milliyet daily to sack veteran columnist Hasan Cemal in the aftermath of a controversy over the leak of secret minutes of a meeting with terrorist leader Abdullah Öcalan.
Cemal parted ways with the Milliyet daily, for which he had been working since 1998, following a controversy over the paper's publishing of the secret minutes of a meeting between terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Öcalan and Kurdish deputies last month.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-310383-erdogan-denies-role-in-milliyet-journalists-dismissal.html

18.03.2013

PEN Turkey continues to fight freedom of speech
18.03.2013.
Hürriyet Daily News
Established in Turkey in 1950 as the Turkish affiliation of the international association of writers, PEN Turkey is coming into the spotlight more and more
 “At present, Turkey is still a wonderful country for tourists, but it is becoming an increasingly difficult place for its citizens. You wouldn’t want to be a writer, journalist, translator, publisher, human rights activist, democrat, thinking person, or anyone who seeks justice in ‘my’ country,” Tarık Günersel wrote recently for Sampsoniaway.org, an online magazine for literature, free speech and social justice.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/pen-turkey-continues-to-fight-freedom-of-speech.aspx?pageID=238&nID=43125&NewsCatID=339


Attack on AA cameraman and photo journalists
Andalou Agency
18 March 2013
AA correspondents in Cairo and Gaza come under attack
Anadolu Agency's (AA) cameraman and photo journalist came under attack as they were trying to shoot a video and take photographs of the clashes taking place in front of the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood Organization (Ihvan) in Egyptian capital of Cairo on Monday.
AA's cameraman Metin Kaya was pounded up by the Palestine police as he was trying to perform his duty in Gaza.
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/144478--attack-on-aa-cameraman-and-photo-journalists


Free Turkish women on TV 'inspire oppressed neighbors'
Hürriyet Daily News
18.03.2013.
The independent women portrayed in Turkish TV programs who live freely and have a say in their lives are an inspiration that is attracting an international audience, particularly in countries where women are facing oppression, CNNTürk Program Coordinator Aslı Öymen says of the popularity of Turkish TV series
‘Istanbul, with the Bosporus, its houses on the shores of the sea, and Turkey with its landscapes like Capadoccia and Mardin provide a unique setting, Aslı Öymen tells Hürriyet Daily News.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/free-turkish-women-on-tv-inspire-oppressed-neighbors.aspx?pageID=238&nID=43133&NewsCatID=339

16.03.2013

Fantasies fined by RTÜK
16.03.2013.
Hürriyet Daily News
Famous singer and TV star Seda Sayan was once again fined by the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), the regulatory body for Turkish television. The producers of her popular morning show, “Seda Sultan” on TV 8, were fined 18,000 Turkish Liras. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/fantasies-fined-by-rtuk.aspx?pageID=238&nID=43038&NewsCatID=469

15.03.2013

Internet, Activism, and the New Media
BIA News Desk
15 March 2013
The second day of the “Social Movements, Media and Politics” conference at the Izmir Economy University brought discussions about environmental and labour rights protesters and the new media.
The Izmir Economy University has organised a conference on “Social Movements, Media and Politics”, supported by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. On the second day of the conference, there was discussion of the protest movement against hydro-electric power plants, the striking Tekel workers, the online literature fanzine “Cin Ayşe” and the hacker movement Redhack, as well as the new types of media.
In the first session, chaired by Nadire Mater, the Project Advisor of the Independent Communication Network BIA, activist Anita Sezgener discussed “Cin Ayşe” as an example of independent media.
Since 2008, the fanzine with an interest in culture, art and literature has been published twice a year. It does not accept advertisement.
Most of the writers are women and visibility of LGBT individuals is considered important. In the last few issues some men have been writing, too. Sezgener hopes that “Cin Ayşe” will contribute to convincing people in Turkey that not only men can be poets.
Phorm: An eye in the computer
Then Yetin Sal from the Alternative IT Association spoke about the “phorm” system that has been banned in England but is used by the Internet provider ttnet in Turkey.
“We can liken the DPI system on the Internet to a postperson first opening letters and then posting them. In EU countries, this system is forbidden. The phorm system says that they are using DPI for advertisement purposes. This system was banned in England and has come to Turkey.”
“Imagine that there is an eye in your computer that records any sites you go to and then sends you advertisement accordingly. After we filed a complaint, ttnet was forced to pay compensation. However, somehow, and we are not sure how, the system has been activated again.”
Organised and individual internet resisters
Then Emrah Zıraman from the 9th September University and Altuğ Akın from the Izmir Economy University discussed “three forms of online resistance” in Turkey. Zıraman pointed out that the Redhack group, founded in 1997, has been able gain followers despite the increased pressure by the government. Because the Marxist group focuses on similarities and not differences between revolutionaries, it has become more popular.
Redhack has become more visible not only through attacks, but also by leaking the scenarios of the economic and political powers. Initially tried for crimes in information technology, Redhack now faces accusations of terrorist crime, as the government has redefined the crime.
While Redhack is illegal, the Alternative IT Association is legal. Akın discussed its academic, legal and street protests.
When Youtube was banned over a long time in Turkey, so Akın, this turned many individuals from passive to active users because they had to find indirect ways of accessing the site.
Alternative voices to the mainstream media
In the second session of the day Aysun Akan and Pantelis Vatikiotis from the Izmir Economy University spoke about “local resistance to hydro-electric power plants”.
According to Akan, the mainstream media portrayed hydro-electric power plants as necessary for Turkey to decrease its dependence on other energy providers and to continue developing. However, no mention was made of the locals’ resistance to the power plants or the negative impact on the environment.
Vatikiotis then introduced a variety of online protest platforms where local protesters have come together in order to mobilise and where the ecological effects of such power plants are discussed.
Erdinç Ergenç from the Dünya newspaper argued in his presentation that while television was still important, newspapers were losing influence as more and more people were reading the news on the Internet.
He estimates that by 2020, most people in the world will read the news from bloggers. Even if Turkey will lag behind a bit, already some journalists have hundreds of thousands of followers on twitter.
Burak Doğu from the Izmir Economy University compared the coverage that striking Tekel workers have received in the mainstream media and alternative websites. He found that the mainstream coverage was 20% positive, 20% negative and 60% neutral, but that websites covered the workers’ struggle mostly positively (80%) and sometimes neutrally (20%).
Alternative media could thus create a different agenda and become news sources in themselves.
http://bianet.org/english/religion/145121-internet-activism-and-the-new-media


32nd Istanbul International Film Festival is starting
Festival's tickets on sale Saturday
Haber Turk
15 Mart 2013
Tickets for this year's İstanbul International Film Festival will go on sale on Saturday, the organizers of the event announced this week
This will be the 32nd edition of the annual festival, which will feature more than 200 films from recent international festival favorites to movie classics in over 20 sections in six movie theaters across the city from March 30 to April 14.
http://www.haberturk.com/general/haber/827749-32nd-istanbul-international-film-festival-is-starting


Ambitious reforms needed to end judicial harassment of journalists in Turkey
IFEX
15 March 2013
Free Expression & the Law
While a fourth judicial reform package that is supposed to limit the abuses of Turkey's anti-terrorism legislation is due to be submitted to parliament soon, Reporters Without Borders regrets that the previous reform packages have had little effect on freedom of information in Turkey.
“Dozens of journalists still languish in prison without being tried,” Reporters Without Borders said. “As in the past, judges still do not bother to provide concrete grounds for their decisions to keep journalists in provisional detention. Arrests and convictions continue at the same disturbing pace. Eight months after adoption of the 'third judicial reform package' (Law 6352), no significant progress has been made.
“Reducing the applicability of antiterrorism legislation to media cases would be a big step forward, one that has been postponed for too long. But to end the judicial harassment of journalists in Turkey for good, this new reform must tackle all the repressive laws. And it must be drafted with sufficient precision to avoid giving police, prosecutors and judges any room for misinterpretation.”
Unlimited provisional detention – still being abused
The 277th hearing in the trial of presumed members of the Ergenekon ultranationalist conspiracy was held on 11 March. The defendants include the journalist Mustafa Balbay, who has just begun his fifth year in provisional detention.
The Istanbul court that is trying them rejected his request for conditional release at the previous hearing, on 18 February. It also rejected the request of fellow journalist Tuncay Özkan, held since September 2008.
Two journalists who have been detained since September 2006 – Füsun Erdogan, the former editor of the publication Ozgür Radyo, and Bayram Namaz, a reporter for the far-left weekly Atilim – will appear before an Istanbul court today.
Erdogan has described the circumstances of her arrest, her detention and the many procedural irregularities in the proceedings against her in a letter recently received by Reporters Without Borders (downloadable here, in English).
“Because of 'classified' clause on my file, no information was shared by the court until the summer of 2007”, she wrote. “I was not able to défend myself until the third hearing in 2008. So, this meant I was kept in prison for exactly two years without knowing why I was arrested. (…) On top of all these legal issues, I have been facing some health problems since my arrest: high blood pressure, hepatitis B, cysts in both breasts and increased myopia (…). As if these were not enough, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and operated on November 13, 2012.”
“Keeping journalists in provisional detention for such a long time is outrageous and constitutes a flagrant violation of Turkey's international obligations,” Reporters Without Borders added. “They must be granted a conditional release at once, and then must be given a fair trial.”
Özlem Agus, a reporter for the Kurdish news agency Diha, was released conditionally on 25 February after more than a year in provisional detention. The court finally decided to take account of “the length of time she has already spent in preventive detention, the prosecution's evidence, and the fact that there is no risk of her tampering with evidence.”
But she is still facing a possible 23-year jail sentence just for doing her job. According to the prosecution, her photos of policemen during the funeral of a member of the armed separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and her photos shutters lowered by shopkeepers in protest against PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan's imprisonment were taken on instructions from the Kurdish separatists.
Another journalist with the same news agency, Cengiz Oglagi, was released on bail of 5,000 Turkish lira (2,175 euros) in the southeastern city of Cizre on 23 February after being arrested and held overnight. Accused of collaborating with the PKK, he will be subject to judicial control.
On 30 January, an Istanbul judge rejected a request for the release of Sami Mentes, a young reporter for the daily Yurt (Fatherland), who had been arrested earlier in the month as part of an investigation into the DHKP-C, a small leftist armed group. His lawyer only learned of this several days later.
Contrary to Law 6352, no hard evidence was produced to justify his continuing detention. The judge simply ruled that it was “proportional given the importance of the case and the sentence that could be incurred” and that “judicial control would be ineffective.” The report of Mentes' interrogation suggests that the main evidence against him is his alleged participation in illegal demonstrations.
Suspended journalists
Although Law 6352 has led to the suspension of a number of proceedings initiated prior to 2013, it has not stopped judges imposing disproportionate sentences on journalists. At best, jail terms have been suspended or commuted to fines. But then the defendants are denied the right of appeal and are forced to work under permanent threat of a suspended sentence being applied.
Two online journalists – Yüksel Özbek, the publisher of the Haber Rüzgari news website, and Ali Dursun, owner of the Görele Sol website -– were given suspended sentences of 11 months and 20 days in prison on 12 February for insulting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a publication.
They were also placed under judicial control for five years, which means that if they commit “another crime of the same nature” within that period, they will have to serve the jail time. The offending articles called on the prime minister to comment on accusations of corruption that a lawyer had made against one of the prime minister's lawyers.
Reporters Without Borders learned on 25 February that the columnist Rasim Ozan Kütahyali was given a three-month jail term (later commuted to a fine) for “insulting the memory” of an alleged torturer in an op-ed piece in the daily Takvim. Published in April 2012, it referred to systematic torture in a prison in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir in the 1980s and blamed the prison's commander, Oktay Yildiran.
Temel Demirer's trial on a charge of “denigrating the Turkish nation” under article 301 of the criminal code was suspended by an Ankara court on 19 February on the basis of Law 6352. Demirer had been facing a possible three-year jail term for saying, after his Turkish-Armenian colleague Hrant Dink's murder in 2007, that Dink was “not murdered because he was Armenian but because he recognized the Armenian genocide.”
Demirer deplored the decision to suspend his trial, which he said deprived Turkey of a needed debate about the repeal of the infamous article 301. “You can convict me or acquit me, but I refuse to submit to a suspended conviction,” he said as he left the court.
Repressive legislative arsenal
Ferhat Parlak, the publisher of the newspaper Silvan Mücadele, is being investigated on suspicion of “attacking the indivisibility of the state and the integrity of the nation” under article 302 of the criminal code for using the word “Kurdistan” in an article.
If the case goes to trial, he could face life imprisonment. He was recently sentenced to 10 months in prison for “insulting a police officer and “exposing him to being targeted by a terrorist organization.”
A new investigation is under way into Halil Savda, the editor of the pacifist news website Savaskarsitlari.org on suspicion of “discouraging the population to do military service” (under article 318 of the criminal code). He previously spent nearly two months in provisional detention in early 2012 on the same charge.
The taboos imposed by the nationalist ideology of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Turkish Republic's founder, are being compounded by a new generation of taboos stemming from the growing sensitivity of religious issues.
Proceedings have just been initiated against the journalist Sevan Nisanyan on a charge of “offending the religious values shared by part of the population” under article 216 of the criminal code (adopted in 2005) because of messages critical of Mohammed posted on Twitter. The charge carries a sentence of nine months to a year in prison.
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2013/03/15/legal_reforms/

14.03.2013

Turkey to be crossroad of Internet
AA
14 March 2013
 ICANN decided to open new Internet distribution center both in Turkey and Singapore for controlling internet traffic in neighbouring countries.
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) decided to open new Internet distribution center both in Turkey and Singapore for controlling Internet traffic in neighbouring countries.
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/143322--turkey-to-be-crossroad-of-internet


10 TURKISH JOURNALISTS VISIT PORTUGAL
TRT
14.03.2013
Turkey’s EU projects increase with each passing day.
10 Turkish journalists from Balıkesir province had journalism training and made an exchange of views with their European colleagues in Portugal’s capital Lisbon.
500 people from Turkey had an opportunity to go to Europe thanks to EU projects.
http://www.trt-world.com/trtworld/en/newsDetail.aspx?HaberKodu=386d3e24-10f8-4f66-9678-daec16597874

12.03.2013

TRT DIRECTOR GENERAL ŞAHIN HOSTS IRAQI JOURNALISTS
12.03.2013
TRT
The members of a journalist-dominated Iraqi non-governmental organization called the " Young Sons of Iraq " have been hosted by the Director General of Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) İbrahim Şahin.
The delegation has first applied to Şahin to get professional training. He said that the Turkish people harbour sincere for and are fond of the Iraqi people and these sentiments can further be consolidated through the media organs of both countries.
http://www.trt-world.com/trtworld/en/newsDetail.aspx?HaberKodu=aae1a98b-2efd-4466-82fa-b4d52dae40b8


Another 301 Trial for Journalist Demirer
BIA News Desk
12 March 2013
Journalist Demirer faces another trial under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code after making a speech following the postponement of his initial trial under the same article.
The Ankara Police Department has sent a report the the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, claiming that journalist Temel Demirer breached Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code when he made a press statement after his initial trial under the same article was postponed.
The first trial had been postponed provided that, following Provisional Articles 1 and 2 of Law 6352, he would not “commit a new crime under Clause 1 within the next three years”.
Referring to recent judicial reforms, Demirer had asked, “If there is change, then why has this inquiry been opened? What are the [reform] packages for?”
For the initial investigation, the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office had asked for permission from the Ministry of Justice, which has been the procedure since 8 May 2008. At that time, changes in the controversial Article 301 had also reduced the maximal sentence for “denigrating the Turkish Nation, the Turkish Republic, its government or government institutions” to two years.
According to the police report, after the trial, Demirer said the following in front of the court building:
“If I don’t say ‘There was an Armenian genocide in Turkey’ or ‘the state in Turkey is a murderer’ for the next three years, I will be acquitted. Right now, five minutes after the trial, without waiting for three years, I say, ‘The state is the murderer of Hrant Dink’. I also say, ‘There was an Armenian genocide in this country’. If the court, security forces or the Ministry of Injustice that postponed my trial do not open another trial, they will be committing a crime.”
“I am not inciting anyone to commit a crime. What I am saying is that ideas cannot be shackled in this country. I have learnt from İsmail Beşikçi, Fikret Başkaya and Baskın Oran [academics imprisoned or tried for their work] that freedom of thought is standing strong. There has been an Armenian genocide in this country. The state killed Hrant Dink. These are my thoughts. So, if you want, try me again.”
“No change in mentality”
Levent Kanat, Demirer’s lawyer, told bianet that they had learned about the new inquiry in the news and had not received an official notification. For Kanat, the investigation is the result of a mentality that has not changed: “They say they are becoming more democratic, but that is not true.”
First Trial
When Hrant Dink, the editor-in-chief of the Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos was killed on 19 January 2007, Demirer made a statement the next day, saying: “Hrant Dink was not killed because he was Armenian but because he said that there had been an Armenian genocide.” Demirer was then sentenced under Article 301, with the prosecution demanding 2 years imprisonment.
At the final hearing on 19 February 2013, Demirer said he wanted either an acquittal or a sentence. However, the court made use of the provisional Articles 1 and 2 of Law 6352 that had been introduced in the third judicial reform package and staid proceedings.
http://bianet.org/english/diger/145034-another-301-trial-for-journalist-demirer

11 March 2013

AA journalists manhandled by police
TRT
11 March 2013
AA journalists were attacked by vigourous police officers in Cairo and Baku
Anadolu Agency's (AA) correspondent Hazim Bedir and photo journalist Ahmed Muhyi were manhandled by Egyptian police officers as they wanted to cover the protests in capital Cairo.
Even though he took permission of a police chief to shoot demonstrations near the US Embassy in Cairo, AA's journalist Muhyi said, he was stopped by a police while he was on his way to take photos and several security forces beat him up.
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/142019--aa-journalists-manhandled-by-police


Federation of journalists established in Black Sea region
11 March 2013
TODAY'S ZAMAN
Journalism organizations operating in Turkey's Black Sea region established a federation named the Federation of Black Sea Journalists (KGF) at a meeting in Trabzon on Monday.
Artvin Journalists Association Chairman Tolga Gül, Bartın Journalists Association Chairman Güngör Yavuzaslan, Bayburt Journalists Association Chairman Yaşar Yıldız, Çorum Journalists Organization President Şevket Erzen, Giresun Journalists Association Chairman Bekir Bayram, Kastamonu Journalists Association Chairman Hüsnü Acar, Ordu 19 Eylül Journalists Association President Erdoğan Erişen, Rize Association of Journalists and Reporters Chairman Mustafa Bayrak, Samsun 19 Mayıs Journalists Association Chairman İsmail Temiz and Trabzon Journalists Association Chairman Ergün Ata convened at a meeting in Trabzon on Monday to complete the procedures for the establishment of the long-planned KGF.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-309427-federation-of-journalists-established-in-black-sea-region.html


AA Director General attends the meeting of major agencies
TRT
11 March 2013
Anadolu Agency's Director General Kemal Ozturk attended the preparation meeting for the 4th News Agencies World Congress in Riyadh
News Agencies World Congress (NAWC) preparation meeting was held in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh with the participation of Anadolu Agency's Board Chairman and Director General Kemal Ozturk and Deputy Director General Ebubekir Sahin.
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/142092--aa-director-general-attends-the-meeting-of-major-agencies


AA wire-service in Balkans top in region one year after launch
11 March 2013
TRT
Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian coverage set to go on subscription basis as of March 15
A year into its launch, The Anadolu Agency's wire-service in Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian languages in the Balkans has earned great acclaim, filling a considerable gap in news gathering in the region.
AA's service in the Balkans produce 75 news stories, 150 photographs and 25 news footage daily and it is a major source for regional media outlets most of which cannot afford correspondent overseas due to economic dire straits.
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/141942--aa-wire-service-in-balkans-top-in-region-one-year-after-launch


AA journalists manhandled by police
Andalou Agency
11 March 2013
AA journalists were attacked by vigourous police officers in Cairo and Baku
Anadolu Agency's (AA) correspondent Hazim Bedir and photo journalist Ahmed Muhyi were manhandled by Egyptian police officers as they wanted to cover the protests in capital Cairo.
Even though he took permission of a police chief to shoot demonstrations near the US Embassy in Cairo, AA's journalist Muhyi said, he was stopped by a police while he was on his way to take photos and several security forces beat him up.
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/142019--aa-journalists-manhandled-by-police


AA Director General attends the meeting of major agencies
AA
11 March 2013
Anadolu Agency's Director General Kemal Ozturk attended the preparation meeting for the 4th News Agencies World Congress in Riyadh
News Agencies World Congress (NAWC) preparation meeting was held in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh with the participation of Anadolu Agency's Board Chairman and Director General Kemal Ozturk and Deputy Director General Ebubekir Sahin.
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/142092--aa-director-general-attends-the-meeting-of-major-agencies

08 March 2013

AA number one news agency of Arab world
TRT
08 March 2013
News on Egyptian cabinet shuffle carried AA's signature, said Editor-in-Chief of Shuruk newspaper
News stories of Anadolu Agency's (AA) Arabic Edition Services made the AA the number one news agency of the Arab world although it has been less than a year since the Arabic Edition Services began publishing news.
The Editor-in-Chief of Egypt's Shuruk newspaper, Amr Khafaci said that the AA had become the most crucial news source of the Arab world.
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/141183--aa-number-one-news-agency-of-arab-world


Educators Union Encourage Battle Against Censure
BIA News Desk
08 March 2013
Ünsal Yıldız, chairperson of Turkey's prominent educators union, said that they were encouraging their teacher members to keep "state-censured" classic literature pieces in their curriculum with the original version.
3 associations representing Turkey's biggest unions in education, writing and moviemaking organized a panel yesterday to discuss the AKP government's recent censure practices on classic literature pieces such as Oscar Wilde's Happy Prince and John Steinback's Of Mice and Men.
"The government aims to give the society a more islamic identity by censuring classic literature works," Ünsal Yıldız, chairperson of Egitim-Sen, Turkey's Education and Science Workers Union, said.
Reminding the early AKP government promises to transform Turkey into a more transparent and pluralist society, Yıldız claimed that AKP finally showed its real colors.
"It is not only about censure," Yıldız continued. "The government is putting pressure on every opposing opinion. We are experiencing laid-off in major newspapers. The purpose behind all these practices is to flourish political Islam in Turkey's mainstream culture.
Yıldız further claimed that several classic literature works have been edited to sound more islamic.
"From Oscar Wilde to Leo Tolstoy, Heidi and Pinnochio. We see this even in cartoons. This reminds us of the military coup days in 1980 where teachers were facing investigations for what they used in their curriculum. As the union, we stronglyencourage our teacher members to keep 'state-censured' classic literature pieces in their curriculum with the original version."
Köz: They see literature as adversary
Writers Union of Turkey chairperson Mustafa Köz described the government's censure practices as "black humor".
"We have a government that sees writers and literatures as adversary," he said. "They want to form a new society by putting a barrier between people and literature. We won't let that happen."
Poet Ataol Behramoğlu from Moviemakers Labor Union of Turkey also supported the panel, saying that making interventions on literary works would severely damage its quality.
http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/144941-educators-union-encourage-battle-against-censure


TRT OPENS ITS FIRST STUDIO ABROAD IN COLOGNE, GERMANY
TRT
08.03.2013.
TRT has launched its first studio in a foreign country. The studio built in collaboration of TRT and Anadolu University has been officially launched by Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç, TRT Director General İbrahim Şahin and Anadolu University Rector Prof. Dr. Davut Aydın.
Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç pointed to the importance of the Cologne studio for TRT. Arınç said "I believe our first studio in Europe will help us give a better service.
http://www.trt-world.com/trtworld/en/newsDetail.aspx?HaberKodu=3d3100a9-5d70-47f7-86db-61e4fd83670d


Turkish government censors classic literary works
IFEX
 8 March 2013
(Bianet/IFEX) - Three associations representing Turkey's biggest educational, writing and film-making unions organized a panel yesterday [7 March] to discuss the The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government's recent censorship of classic literary works, such as Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince and John Steinback's Of Mice and Men.
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2013/03/08/literary_censorship/


Turkey's Women Journalists Release March 8 Declaration
BIA News Desk
08 March 2013
Kadın Gazeteciler Takipte (Women Journalists In Pursuit) Group made a public declaration today, condemning male violence and pledging the pursuit of masculine discourse in Turkey's media.
* Kadın Gazeteciler Takipte (Women Journalists In Pursuit) Group, working on the Ö.C. sexual harassment case in Sakarya, 22 November 2012.
Kadın Gazeteciler Takipte (Women Journalist In Pursuit), a group of women journalists across Turkey's media organizations, made a public declaration today, condemning male violence and pledging in the pursuit of masculine discourse in Turkey's media.
"Today marks International Women's Day.
“While you are reading this, thousands of women across the globe receive physical/sexual/emotional violence from their lovers, husbands and fathers. The violence that men exercise in order to preserve/enhance their patriarchic order does not only result in the death of dozens of women every day, but also leave physical and psychological traces on them. 
"Some people observe the International Women's Day as if it is only about sales in cosmetics, while others give wrong messages due to their misunderstanding of March 8.
"As a part of our profession, we have no tolerance against media images that reproduce women's victimization.
"In order to expose the horror and ugliness of male violence, we don't need any discourse or images that depict the victimization of women.
"On the contrary, we strongly believe that male violence must be exposed via its doers - which are men.
"We know very well that male violence is not always as visible as we see the images of battered women in the media. 
"Due to the twisted mentality we have described above, authorities demand rape victims to 'document' the violence they have been put through.
"But we want say it aloud, male violence is not as you know it!
"As women journalists, we are aware of the dangerous paths that lead to the re-victimization of women. 
"Therefore, we would like to let you know that we will be following all incidents caused by male violence and the masculine discourse through which they are narrated in Turkey's media.   
"In the occasion of March 8, we invite you to be aware of violence against women, not only on the theory but also in real life."
The declaration was signed by: Burcu Karakaş, Müjgan Halis, Nilay Vardar, Çiçek Tahaoğlu, Elif İnce, Selin Asker, Semra Pelek, Burcu Aktaş, Ezgi Başaran, Melis Apaydın, Burcu Aydındağ, Fersun Yelken, Miraç Zeynep Özkartal, Pınar Aktaş, Öznur Turalıoğlu, Zeynep Karamustafa, Umay Aktaş Salman, Nazan Özcan, Evrim Kepenek, Kübra Akalın, Pınar Yurtsever, Öznur Kaymak, Ceyda Ulukaya, Arzu Demir, Ruken Tuncel, Ayça Söylemez, Bilge Eser, Bahar Çuhadar, Elif Ekinci, Beril Eski, Nihan Bora, Sevgim Denizaltı, Rengin Arslan, Elem Tuğçe Oktay, İpek İzci, Tuğba Mezararkalı, Pınar Öğünç, Sevda Karaca, Özge Ayaz, Gülşah İmrek, Şenay Kumuz, Yurdagül Şimşek, Mehveş Evin, Aysun Yazıcı, Gülfem Karataş, Meltem Günay, Demet Bilge, Elif Türkölmez, Esra Açıkgöz, Emine Özcan, Elçin Yıldıral, Kumru Başer.
http://bianet.org/english/other/144952-turkey-s-women-journalists-release-march-8-declaration


Suspects in key murders of minority members ‘similar’
08.03.2013.
Hürriyet Daily News
A judge of the case of three murders at a Malatya publishing house says suspects in similar recent crimes, mainly against minorities, have a similar profile, pointing at their non-liable age
This file photo shows Armenian-Turkish scribe who was assassinated in 2007. The profiles of suspects in murder cases of minorities are same, a judge says.
A judge in the Zirve Yayınevi case has pointed out the similarities between the suspected perpetrators behind the Zirve killings and the Hrant Dink and Father Santoro murders.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/suspects-in-key-murders-of-minority-members-similar.aspx?pageID=238&nID=42558&NewsCatID=341


Turkish government censors classic literary works
IFEX
8 March 2013
Three associations representing Turkey's biggest educational, writing and film-making unions organized a panel yesterday [7 March] to discuss the The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government's recent censorship of classic literary works, such as Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince and John Steinback's Of Mice and Men.
"The government aims to give society a more Islamic identity by censoring classic literary works," said Ünsal Yıldız, chairperson of Egitim-Sen, Turkey's Education and Science Workers Union.
Noting that the early AKP government promised to transform Turkey into a more transparent and pluralistic society, Yıldız claimed that the AKP has finally shown its true colours.
"It is not only about censorship," Yıldız continued. "The government is putting pressure on every opposing opinion. We are experiencing lay-offs at major newspapers. The purpose behind all of these practices is to flourish political Islam in Turkey's mainstream culture." Yıldız further claimed that several classic literary works have been edited to sound more Islamic.
"From Oscar Wilde to Leo Tolstoy, to Heidi and Pinnochio. We see this even in cartoons. This reminds us of the military coup days in 1980, where teachers were facing investigations for what they used in their curriculum. As the union, we strongly encourage our teacher members to keep 'state-censored' classic literary pieces in their curriculum, with the original version."
Mustafa Köz , chairperson of the Writers Union of Turkey, described government censorship as "black humor."
"We have a government that sees writers and literature as adversaries," he said. "They want to form a new society by putting a barrier between people and literature. We won't let that happen."
Poet Ataol Behramoğlu from the Moviemakers Labor Union of Turkey also supported the panel, saying that an intervention on literary works would severely damage their quality.
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2013/03/08/literary_censorship/

07 March 2013

New legislation for jailed journalists
TRT
07 March 2013
Deputy PM Bulent Arinc said "If a person makes propaganda and as long as it doesn't steer masses into weapons and violence, it will no longer be considered as a crime."
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc on Wednesday said, "A draft legislation is about to be brought to the parliament these days. We are hoping to announce at the Council of Ministers meeting on Monday that even if a person makes and propaganda as long as it doesn't steer masses into weapons and violence, it will no longer be considered as a crime."
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/140572--new-legislation-for-jailed-journalists


Jailed Journalist Füsun Erdoğan Sends Letter to CPJ
BIA News Desk
 07 March 2013
Committee to Protect Journalists published a letter submitted by Füsun Erdoğan, one of Turkey's jailed journalists.
Committee to Protect Journalists published a letter submitted by Füsun Erdoğan, one of Turkey's jailed journalists.
Entitled "In letter from Turkish jail, journalist describes ordeal", the letter accounts to Füsun Erdoğan's 7 year trial process which started with her detention on 12 September 2006.
Founder and editor-in-chief of Özgür Radyo (Free Radio), Erdoğan was arrested in 2006 for "being a MLKP illegal organization member". 
Erdoğan only stood trial 14 months after her detention and never learned why she was kept in prison due to a court confidentiality order on the trial.
"From the moment I was pushed into that vehicle, I lost sense of time and place because I was sandwiched between the front and rear seats, and my eyes were covered. I did not know where they were taking me," Erdoğan wrote.
Emphasizing on the ill-treatment Erdoğan received during her detention as well as imprisonment, CPJ pledged to resume its campaign to defend the defend the rights of Turkey's jailed journalists.
The chief prosecutor charged Erdoğan with life sentence for "being an illegal organization member". Her next hearing is scheduled to March 12, 2013 in Istanbul.
Click here to read the original letter.
http://bianet.org/english/human-rights/144924-jailed-journalist-fusun-erdogan-sends-letter-to-cpj

06 March 2013

Şahin praises Journalists and Writers Foundation for courageous coverage
Todays Zaman
6 March 2013
Family and Social Policy Minister Fatma Şahin has praised the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) for its members' courageous coverage of important issues at a time when the country is taking steps for democratization.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-309002-sahin-praises-journalists-and-writers-foundation-for-courageous-coverage.html


İmralı leak fuels political fight over press freedom
06. March 2013
Hurriyet Daily news
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kılıçdaroğlu calls on media to ‘resist agains the government’s coup,’ as the PM slams press.
The media cannot hide behind freedom of the press if it upsets the country’s “national interests,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday as he reiterated his anger over the leak of talks with outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) head Abdullah Öcalan.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/imrali-leak-fuels-political-fight-over-press-freedom.aspx?pageID=238&nID=42416&NewsCatID=338


PM Erdogan's Remarks on Imrali Process Are Concerning, IPI Says
BIA News Desk
06 March 2013
International Press Institute released a statement yesterday, expressing its concerns over PM Erdogan's critical remarks on the publishing of Imrali peace process talks outlines by Milliyet newspaper.
The International Press Institute (IPI) and its affiliate, the South East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO), released a statement yesterday, expressing its concerns overPM Erdogan's critical remarks on the publishing of Imrali peace process talks outlines by Milliyet newspaper.
“The job of journalists is to report on matters of public interest, which we believe include information on the potential resolution of a conflict that has dragged on for nearly three decades and claimed more than 40,000 lives," Anthony Mills, IPI Deputy Director, said. 
On Saturday, PM Erdogan strongly criticized the publication by Turkish daily newspaper Milliyet last Thursday of a document purportedly written during a Feb. 23 meeting between Abdullah Öcalan and three deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) on the prison island of Imrali.
http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/144897-pm-erdogan-s-remarks-on-imrali-process-are-concerning-ipi-says

05 March 2013

Journalist, CHP deputy marks fourth year in jail
Hürriyet Daily News
05.03.2013.
Balbay, one of the 275 suspects in Ergenekon case, is seen in jail yard.
Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) İzmir deputy and journalist Mustafa Balbay is marking his fourth year in jail today in connection to his alleged role in the Ergenekon coup-plot case.
“On March 6, I will end four years in jail, the fifth one begins. My wife says, ‘It is March 5, not [March] 6 since they took you away from me that day,’” said Balbay in his regular column for daily Cumhuriyet yesterday.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/journalist-chp-deputy-marks-fourth-year-in-jail.aspx?pageID=238&nID=42328&NewsCatID=338


Columnist: Security breach led to leak of İmralı logs
5 March 2013
TODAYSZAMAN.COM
Speaking at a press conference at the BDP headquarters on Monday, BDP Co-Chairwoman Gülten Kışanak denied her party’s role in the leak of the İmralı logs. (Photo: AA, Murat Kaynak)
The minutes of a meeting on İmralı Island between three pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputies and the jailed leader of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) recently published by a Turkish daily made their way to the press via a security breach at the BDP headquarters, a columnist has claimed.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-308818-columnist-security-breach-led-to-leak-of-imrali-logs.html


Turkey among the top five in branding
TRT
05 March 2013
Turkey became one of five countries that grew most on brand, industrial design and useful model patent fields in 2009-2011.
Turkey has been 4th fastest growing country on branding, announced World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
According to WIPO's World Intellectual Property Indicators 2012, Turkey became one of the five countries that grew most on brand, industrial design and useful model patent fields in 2009-2011.
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/139726--turkey-among-the-top-five-in-branding


Turkish PM’s media criticism concerning: International Press Institute
Hürriyet Daily News
05.03.2013.
Harsh criticism by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over the publication of minutes allegedly taken in a meeting between lawmakers and the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, to discuss peace negotiations with Turkey’s government is concerning, according to the International Press Institute (IPI) and its affiliate, the South East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO).
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pms-media-criticism-concerning-international-press-institute-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=42365&NewsCatID=339

04 March 2013

Petition Aims to Stop Hate Speech Against Rüzgar Erkoçlar
BIA News Desk
04 March 2013
LGBT rights activists has launched a petition to condemn the hate speech directed at Rüzgar Erkoçlar, a trans man whose recent gender change was exposed to the media without his consent.
LGBT rights activists has launched a petition to condemn the hate speech directed at Rüzgar Erkoçlar, a trans man whose recent gender change was exposed to the media without his consent.
Having reached at least 3,000 signatures as of today, the petition defended that “Ruzgar is a trans man and he cannot be discriminated”. 
"Erol Köse disregarded the confidentiality of private life and openly targeted Rüzgar Erkoçlar’s personal rights by disclosing his gender change operation through twitter in a discriminatory manner which attracted hate speech towards him,” the petition statement said. 
Condemning the violation of Erkoçlar’s confidentiality and the hate speech that he had been subject to, some of the highlights from the statement included:
“Even though Rüzgar Erkoçlar felt like a man, he was trans man” trapped in a female body as a result of the expectations and pressure of the society. After undergoing hormonal therapy and a sex change operation, he has now obtained the body he feels he belongs to. The choice made by Rüzgar Erkoçlar should have been respected, appreciated and dealt with a manner that does not violate his right of privacy.”
We stand with Rüzgar Erkoçlar in the struggle that he has been going through as an equal individual and a trans man. We strongly condemn the attempt of disclosure, hate speech and hate crime that Rüzgar Erkoçlar has been exposed to.”
http://bianet.org/english/gender/144840-petition-aims-to-stop-hate-speech-against-ruzgar-erkoclar


Press body reacts to Turkish PM’s criticism
Hürriyet Daily News
04.03.2013.
The Progressive Journalists’ Association President Ahmet Abakay. DHA photo
The Progressive Journalists’ Association (ÇGD) called on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to be respectful of the people’s right to knowledge, freedom of the press and expression by no longer regarding journalists as public servants or advisors working for the government.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/press-body-reacts-to-turkish-pms-criticism.aspx?pageID=238&nID=42256&NewsCatID=339