Chronology of Events
31 October 2011
Translation: the Alevi organizations elicit against the newspaper Bugun. This newspaper published an article with the title a show ceremony at the Cem house (place where Alevis pray). The Alevis said that such articles want to provoke the people.
Turkish Press Review 31st
Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Monday's edition the rock music concert which was held to raise money for survivors of the quake that hit Van province and the woman who shielded herself against a suicide bomber.
Ragıp Zarakolu and Büşra Ersanlı appear before prosecutor to testify
Publisher and human rights activist Ragıp Zarakolu and constitutional law professor Büşra Ersanlı were referred to a court to testify to a prosecutor following their detention during an operation against the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella group that encompasses the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its affiliated organizations.
29 October 2011
Prominent publisher, academic taken into police custody
Professor Busra Ersanli and publisher and human rights activist Ragip Zarakolu were taken into custody on October 28, 2011 when police raided various pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) offices in Istanbul, including the BDP-Istanbul Politics Academy and several other BDP branches, as part of its Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) operation.
Forty-one other people were also taken into custody on Friday during the operation.
Professor Ersanli is a constitutional law expert and a member of the BDP Assembly. She is an academic at the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations of Istanbul's Marmara University and a member of the BDP Constitutional Commission.
Ragip Zarakolu is a well-known human rights activist and director of Belge Publishing House in Turkey. He is also chair of the Turkish Publishers Association's Freedom to Publish Committee. His son, Deniz Zarakolu, editor of the Belge Publishing House, was arrested on October 4.
According to press reports, the number of detainees will likely increase as the operation is still under way.
BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas strongly criticized the new wave of detentions on Friday.
"We will not be able to talk about a healthy Constitution-making process if we go on like this. We will have no party member who can join efforts for [drafting] a new Constitution".
28 October 2011
KCK operations sees the arrest of a famous Professor amongst 41 suspects
41 suspects taken into custody, among which Professor Doctor Büşra Ersanlı is counted too, in operations against KCK. It has been learned a warrant of arrest had been issued for around 70 people. The operation is said to be a continuation of the previous operation that took place in Istanbul. The operation is expected to continue in other cities as well.
BDP's constitutional expert among detained in new anti-KCK operation
Professor Büşra Ersanlı, a constitutional law expert and a member of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party's (BDP) intra-party constitutional commission, was detained along with dozens of others on Friday as part of an investigation into the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella political organization for all groups related to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Turkish Press Review October 28th
Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Friday's edition developments after the massive earthquake that hit the eastern province of Van and illegal housing.
RSF Criticized Government Directives to the Media
REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS
Reporters without Borders described the recent declaration of five major Turkish news agencies as "disturbing". The declaration, seen by RSF as a "serious threat to freedom of information", came after a meeting of PM Erdoğan with media owners and executives.
Suspect demands former army chiefs testify as part of website case
One of the suspects in the trial of the case into military's propaganda websites, which were allegedly established to discredit the government, demanded on Thursday that former army chiefs İlker Başbuğ and Yaşar Büyükanıt testify as part the case.
EFD Rights Watch: Prof. Büşra Ersanlı detained in KCK, no one is safe….
Reporters without Borders described the recent declaration of five major Turkish news agencies as “disturbing”. The declaration, seen by RSF as a “serious threat to freedom of information”, came after a meeting of PM Erdoğan with media owners and executives.
Complaint about OdaTV Prosecutor Kansız
Republican People's Party Deputy Oyan filed a complaint at the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors about Public Prosecutor Kansız who prepared the indictment of the Oda TV trial.
27 October 2011
TV stations raise TL 129 million for earthquake victims
Relief efforts for the victims of last Sunday's massive earthquake have overtaken the entire country, with several TV stations raising TL 129 million as part of a joint charity telethon.
Hürriyet Daily News marks 50th year with grand reception
Hürriyet Daily News celebrated the 50th year of its establishment with a grand reception on Wednesday. The reception was held at the Rixos Grand Ankara and was well attended. Present were President Abdullah Gül, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, main opposition Republic People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, ministers Taner Yıldız, Binali Yıldırım and Egemen Bağış, and many other politicians and foreign diplomats based in the capital.
26 October 2011
Turkish Press Review October 26th
Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Wednesday's edition the massive earthquake that hit the eastern province of Van and the foundation-laying ceremony of oil refinery in the western province of Izmir.
25 October 2011
Social media helped save lives in Van quake
Social media contributed to search and rescue efforts following a quake that struck the eastern province of Van on Sunday and helped save many lives, the Radikal daily reported on Tuesday.
‘Propaganda websites document complied with military rules’
A suspect in the case against several websites that were set up by the General Staff backing the Turkish Armed Forces’ (TSK) alleged propaganda campaign against civilian groups and the government has said a document concerning the propaganda websites was in compliance with the rules of military correspondence.
24 October 2011
BTK head: Internet regulation means safe Internet at no cost
The head of Turkey's Internet watchdog, the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) has said if Internet users want, they will be able to access a “safe Internet,” with what has thus far been a controversial Internet filtering system, the Anatolia news agency said on Monday.
21 October 2011
Hikmet Bila lost his life
Journalist Hikmet Bila
who had been under treatment for cancer has lost his life today in his house in Ankara.
6 released in the "Deniz Feneri e.V." case
Decision to release Zahid Akman, Zekeriya Karaman, İsmail Karahan, Mustafa Çelik, İzzet Kurum and Ali Solak has been given.
19 October 2011
Turkish Press Review October 20th
Turkish dailies covered in their Thursday's edition the terrorist attack which was staged in the southeastern province of Hakkari and the reactions by Turkish and foreign leaders and by Turkish people against the attack.
18 October 2011
Turkish press review October 18th
Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Tuesday's edition Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's speech at the meeting of his Justice & Development (AK) Party, early winter in Turkey, unemployment figures, and prisoner swap to take place between Israel and Palestine.
10 October 2011
The arrest of Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener in March this year has put press freedom in Turkey under the international spotlight. Authorities said the journalists had not been detained because of their reporting but as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged ultranationalist plot to overthrow the government known as "Ergenekon
." On a recent visit to Turkey, I sent written questions to the reporters in their Istanbul jail through their lawyers and they replied in writing.
The prosecution of Erhan Tuncel and Yasin Hayal, alleged instigators to the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Dink, was continued on 29 July. The court dismissed the objection made by the Telecommunication Communication Presidency on delivering the requested information.