Chronology of Events

September 2012


26 September 2012

Press Bulletin Authority official killed in meeting
Source: Todayszaman
Date: 26 September 2012  
An official from Turkey's Press Bulletin Authority (BİK), an autonomous organization that distributes official advertisements to national and local press institutions, was fatally shot during a meeting in the western province of Sakarya on Wednesday.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-293447-press-bulletin-authority-official-killed-in-meeting.html


Minister denies media reports of offshore well closure
Source: Todayszaman
Date: 26 September 2012
Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız has denied recent Turkish media reports about the closure of the domestic Istranca-1 offshore natural gas well in which natural gas deposits were discovered about two weeks ago. The minister refuted recent media reports which stated that the Istranca-1 offshore natural gas well in the Black Sea had been shut down as it had an insufficient deposit of natural gas.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-293471--minister-denies-media-reports-of-offshore-well-closure.html

24 September 2012

Police detain, assault members of music group, journalists in Turkey
Source: IFEX
Date: 24 September 2012
On 14 September 2012, law enforcement officials detained 27 people who were waiting for the removal of Ibrahim Çuhadar's corpse from the Forensics Institute. Çuhadar, a member of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), was killed during an attack on a police station in Istanbul's Sultangazi district a week earlier. The police officers assaulted and injured the detainees, including members of the left-wing music group Grup Yorum.
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2012/09/24/musical_group_detention_assault/

21 September 2012

Turkish TV channels call on al-Assad to free journalists
Source: Hurriyetdaily
Date: 21 September 2012
Seventeen Turkish TV channels made simultaneous broadcasts at 8:03 a.m., calling on Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to free two journalists held captive by the Syrian army. 
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-tv-channels-call-on-al-assad-to-free-journalists.aspx?pageID=238&nid=30658&NewsCatID=341

20 September 2012

Kurdish Journalist and Deputy Mayor Released
Source: Bianet
Date: 20 September 2012
A court in the eastern province of Van decided to release Murat Aydın, a reporter for the Dicle news agency (DİHA,) and Bulanık Deputy District Mayor Ali Topçu on Tuesday. Aydın and Topçu had entered prison on October last year within the scope of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) trials.
http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/140978-kurdish-journalist-and-deputy-mayor-released

18 September 2012

African media development program chief visits AA
Source: Andalou Agency
Date: 18 September 2012
Visit was aimed at boosting cooperation between the AA and the African media
African Media Initiative CEO Amadou Mahtar Ba paid a visit to The Anadolu Agency, meeting with AA Board Chairman and Director General Kemal Ozturk.
Speaking at the meeting at AA headquarters in the Turkish capital, Ankara, Ba said he was following the AA closely, adding his visit was aimed at boosting cooperation between the AA and the African media. 
Ba extended an invitation to the Turkish government and The Anadolu Agency for a meeting of African Media Leaders Forum which is scheduled to be held in Senegal's capital, Dakar.
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/82789--african-media-development-program-chief-visits-aa


Turkish Journalist Baris Terkoglu and Baris Pehlivan Freed after 578 days in jail
Source: IFJ
Date: 18 September 2012
A court in Istanbul ordered the release of Turkish journalists Baris Terkoglu, and Baris Pehlivan on Friday 14 September 2012. They were among the journalists accused in the OdaTV case and have spent 578 days in prison. Baris Terkoglu was "adopted" by the Association of Professional Journalists in Belgium (AGJPB), an EFJ affiliate. Their co-accused, journalist Soner Yalçi, writer Yalçin Küçük and former police officer Hanefi Avci have been remanded in custody.
http://europe.ifj.org/en/articles/turkish-journalist-baris-terkoglu-and-baris-pehlivan-freed-after-578-days-in-jail 

17 September 2012

International groups express alarm over deteriorating media freedom in Turkey
Source: IPI
Date: 17 September 2012
Representatives of the International Press Institute (IPI), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), IPI’s Turkish National Committee, EFJ affiliate the Journalists' Union of Turkey (Türkiye Gazeteciler Sendikası - TGS) and the Freedom for Journalists Platform (Gazetecilere Özgürlük Platformu – GÖP) today condemned Turkey’s continued detention of 76 journalists on what appear to be politically-motivated terrorism charges. The groups also expressed deep concern over ongoing pressure on independent, critical journalists that has led to an ever-growing climate of fear and an alarming deterioration in media freedom.
http://www.freemedia.at/home/singleview/article/international-groups-express-alarm-over-deteriorating-media-freedom-in-turkey.html


Four Turkish journalists released pending trial on terrorism charges
Source: IFEX
Date: 17 September 2012
Representatives of the International Press Institute (IPI), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), IPI's Turkish National Committee, EFJ affiliate the Journalists' Union of Turkey (Türkiye Gazeteciler Sendikasi - TGS) and the Freedom for Journalists Platform (Gazetecilere Özgürlük Platformu - GÖP) today condemned Turkey's continued detention of 76 journalists on what appear to be politically-motivated terrorism charges. The groups also expressed deep concern over ongoing pressure on independent, critical journalists that has led to an ever-growing climate of fear and an alarming deterioration in media freedom. The observations followed monitoring this week by the groups' representatives of criminal court proceedings in Turkey in which journalists face dubious charges of support for or membership in armed terrorist organisations, and visits in prison with journalists who remain detained on those allegations, as well as consultation with the journalists' attorneys and families. While the groups welcomed the release, pending trial, of two defendants each in the OdaTV and KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) Press Committee cases, the groups were disappointed that more defendants were not released, especially given the weak nature of the evidence against them. The groups were further disappointed by a Diyarbakir court's decision not to release journalist/publisher Bedri Adanir. They further noted that the ongoing trials and detentions of journalists demonstrated that the Third Judicial Package enacted by Parliament this summer, which purported to remedy the situation of imprisoned journalists, did not go nearly as far as necessary in making real structural reforms that would guarantee media freedom in Turkey. The groups also expressed deep concern over the lack of fair treatment and due process afforded to journalists and many others in trials overseen by special courts that have applied overly-restrictive and, in some cases, apparently arbitrary procedural rules. "The growing gulf between the picture of Turkey as a model of democracy and the reality on the ground that Turkish journalists face is distressing, and it seems only to be worsening," IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie said. "We urge Turkey's leaders to take real steps to improve media freedom and to end the climate of fear independent journalists must live under every day. We also call on all media in Turkey to stand up with one another in solidarity to fight the forces that would deny the Turkish people the right to vital information they need to make the decisions that affect their lives and to hold those in power to account for their actions." 
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2012/09/17/four_released/


Courts Release Four Journalists in KCK, OdaTV Trials Source: Bianet
Date: 17 September 2012
A court in Istanbul released Çağdaş Ulus and Cihat Ablay in the ongoing Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) trial on Thursday, while journalists Barış Terkoğlu and Barış Pehlivan were also released pending trial in the OdaTV probe the next day.
http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/140906-courts-release-four-journalists-in-kck-odatv-trials


International groups express alarm over deteriorating media freedom in Turkey
Source: IFJ
Date: 17 September 2012
Joint statement following observation of trials and visits with jailed journalists, attorneys and families. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today joined with its affiliate in Turkey, the Turkish Union of Journalists (Türkiye Gazeteciler Sendikası - TGS) , the International Press Institute and its Turkish National Committee, and the Freedom for Journalists Platform (Gazetecilere Özgürlük Platformu – GÖP) to issue a statement expressing alarm over the continuing deterioration of media freedom in Turkey. The organisations today condemned Turkey’s continued detention of  76 journalists on what appear to be politically-motivated terrorism charges. The groups also expressed deep concern over ongoing pressure on independent, critical journalists that has led to an ever-growing climate of fear and an alarming deterioration in media freedom. The observations followed monitoring this week by the groups’ representatives of criminal court proceedings in Turkey in which journalists face dubious charges of support for or membership in armed terrorist organisations, and following visits in prison with journalists who remain detained on those allegations and consultation with the journalists’ attorneys and families. In its conclusions, the EFJ, TGS, IPI, IPI's Turkish National Committee and the Freedom for Journalists' Platform (GÖP): -Repeat their concern over the worsening situation of media freedom in Turkey, which continues to have what appears to be the highest number of imprisoned journalists in the world; -Maintain their request for the immediate release of imprisoned Turkish journalists; -Condemn proceedings that seek to criminalise independent journalism; -Insist that Turkish lawmakers enact real reforms that provide strong guarantees of media freedom that align with international standards, including changes in legislation to drop cases opened against journalists under the umbrella of the anti-terror law and the Turkish penal code, and the abolition of special courts that apply overly-restrictive procedural rules; and -Demand that Turkey provides journalists facing criminal charges with fair trials and access to due process.
http://europe.ifj.org/en/articles/international-groups-express-alarm-over-deteriorating-media-freedom-in-turkey


Turkish reporter released from extradition detention in Croatia
Source: T portal
Date: 17 September 2012
The Dubrovnik County Court on Monday annulled extradition detention for Turkish journalist Vicdan Ozerdem, who is wanted in Turkey on terrorism charges, after which she left a prison hospital in Zagreb on Monday afternoon, according to her Croatian lawyer Tihomir Misic.
http://daily.tportal.hr/215118/Turkish-reporter-released-from-extradition-detention-in-Croatia.html

15 September 2012

Turkey releases two OdaTV journalists
Source: IPI
Date: 15 September 2012
A court in Istanbul yesterday evening ordered the release of two of three journalists on trial in the OdaTV case that had remained imprisoned.
http://www.freemedia.at/home/singleview/article/turkey-releases-two-odatv-journalists.html

14 September 2012

Two suspects release in OdaTV trial
Source: Hurriyetdaily
Date: 14 September 2012
Barış Terkoğlu and Barış Pehlivan were released today after the 13th hearing of the OdaTV case. 
In todays hearing suspects completed their testimony in the 13th hearing in the case, arguing that a report prepared by the Scientific and Research Council ofTurkey (TÜBİTAK) proved their innocence, but “the politically motivated court board would not secure justice for them.”
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/report-in-odatv-trial-slammed-by-all-sides.aspx?pageID=238&nid=30207&NewsCatID=341


Mass trial in Turkey, journalists get two more months in jail
Source: IFEX
Date: 14 September 2012
Thirty-six journalists and media workerswhose trial began in central Istanbul on 10 September will remain in provisional detention for at least two more months after the judge abruptly ended the first series of hearings yesterday, rejecting defence petitions and transferring future hearings to Silivri, in Istanbul province. "Two more months in prison!" Reporters Without Borders protested. "When the next hearing is held on 12 November, 36 of the 44 defendants will have spent nearly a year in provisional detention. Despite the 5 July reform law, hardly any more grounds are being given for these decisions than before. Furthermore, by deciding to henceforth hold this mass political trial 100 km from Istanbul, the court is trying to prevent civil society from observing it, and this is unacceptable." The atmosphere was tense during the first three days of the trial, in which the defendants are accused of forming a "media committee" that took its orders from an outlawed Kurdish separatist organization. After clapping and protesting noisily during the 11 September hearing, observers were barred from the court yesterday. The presiding judge ended the first series of hearings two days earlier than planned, before the indictment could be read out in court. On the prosecution's recommendation, the court rejected all of the defence lawyers' requests - conditional release, permission to dispute the validity of the charges, and permission for the defendants to use their mother tongue, Kurdish, during the trial. When the requests were rejected, the defendants placed black bandages over their mouths and turned their backs on the jury in protest. "We feel like bit players in this hearing," defence lawyer Sinan Zincir told the court. "We do not accept the way this court is treating us, nor do we accept the presence of members of the security forces in the law court." Fellow defence lawyer Ercan Kanar called on the court to end the public's exclusion and to treat the defence fairly. He also announced his intention to ask the High Judiciary Council (HSYK) to dismiss the jury. 
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2012/09/14/mass_trial/


Turkey would rather jail journalists than address the Kurdish question
Source: The Guardian
Date: 14 September 2012
The state has too long shaped the Kurdish issue as one of terrorism. About 100 journalists are now in prison – it must end
Turkey has put 44 Kurdish journalists on trial this week in what Reporters without Borders called the "criminalisation of critical and activist journalism".
They are among about 100 Kurdish journalists who face lengthy jail terms on various terrorism charges, including accusations that they have supported the KCK – an illegal pan-Kurdish movement that includes the armed Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK).
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/14/turkey-jail-journalists-kurdish-question

13 September 2012

Press Freedom Associations Call for Journalists' Release
Source: Bianet
Date: 13 September 2012
The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) issued a statement calling for the release of imprisoned journalists in Turkey, while the Brussels-based European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) also said they were closely monitoring the press trials in Turkey. http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/140842-press-freedom-associations-call-for-journalists-release

12 September 2012

Judge Censures Defense Lawyers’ Pleas in Press Suit
Source: Bianet
Date: 12 September 2012
Demands for pleading in Kurdish marked the first hearing of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) trial of 44 journalists on Monday. Chief Justice Ali Alçık also filed a complaint against the court audience during the second hearing on Tuesday and refused to enter the defense lawyers’ pleas into the court records.
http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/140832-judge-censures-defense-lawyers-pleas-in-press-suit

11 September 2012

Dozens of Kurdish journalists face terrorism trial in Turkey
Source: Indexoncensorship
Date: 11 September 2012
The biggest media trial in Turkey’s history has begun, 44 journalists appeared in an Istanbul court on Monday (10 September). 
http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2012/09/dozens-of-kurdish-journalists-face-terrorism-trial-in-turkey/


Parliamentary commission to hear media bosses of Feb. 28 period
Source: Todayszaman
Date: 11 September 2012
The spokesman of the parliamentary Coup and Memorandum Investigation Commission has announced that the commission will hear the testimonies of media bosses and newspaper editors-in-chief who served at the time of the Feb. 28, 1997 unarmed coup as part of its investigation into the coup.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-292055--parliamentary-commission-to-hear-media-bosses-of-feb-28-period.html


Court Decides to Release Journalist after Six Years of Arrest
Source: Bianet
Date: 11 September 2012
A court in Istanbul ruled to release Sedat Şenoğlu, the executive coordinator of Atılım newspaper who remained under arrest for six years. The court decided to keep journalists Fusün Erdoğan and Bayram Namaz in jail, however.
http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/140807-court-decides-to-release-journalist-after-six-years-of-arrest


Turkish court rules for release of journalist after six years in detention
Source: IFEX
Date: 11 September 2012
On 6 August 2012, a court in Istanbul's Caglayan district ruled for the release of Sedat Senoglu, the executive coordinator of the Atilim newspaper, who was jailed for six years in connection with terrorism-related charges. The court decided, however, to keep journalists Fusun Erdogan and Bayram Namaz in prison. A total of 26 suspects, 11 of them arrested pending trial, including Erdogan, the former chief coordinator of Ozgur Radio, and Bayram Namaz, an Atilim columnist, are standing trial in the case. The chief justice decided to release Senoglu taking into consideration the characteristics of the "crimes" attributed to him, the probability of a change in the classification of the offence and the number of years he has already spent behind bars. The court delegation also issued an arrest warrant for Ibrahim Cicek, who failed to comply with probation orders. In addition, they ruled to keep the remaining 10 suspects, who have already served six years in jail, in detention. 
The suspects are on trial in connection with operation "Gaye", which was conducted in a number of provinces across Turkey in September 2006, and are facing charges of being members of the Marxist Leninist Communist Party (MLKP). The next hearing is scheduled for 13 December 2012. 
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2012/09/11/journalist_released_biane/


Forty-four journalists on trial in Turkey, accused of supporting terrorism
Source: IFEX
Date: 11 September 2012
The head of the International Press Institute (IPI)'s Turkish National Committee yesterday told those gathered outside an Istanbul courthouse where proceedings began against 44 journalists accused of supporting terrorism that "in this legal case, journalism is on trial." Milliyet newspaper columnist Kadri Gürsel made the statement in remarks delivered on behalf of the National Committee, which currently holds the rotating leadership of the Freedom for Journalists Platform (GÖP), an umbrella group representing local and national media organisations in Turkey. Gursel delivered his remarks outside of the Çaglayan Istanbul Palace of Justice, where 44 Kurdish journalists - 36 of whom have been detained since December - faced the start of trial on terrorism-related charges for their alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Communities Union (KÇK), a group authorities claim is the urban wing of the banned separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The defendants all face charges related to alleged membership in a terrorist organisation, but critics say they are on trial because their journalistic activities have irked Turkish authorities. Turkey currently holds approximately 80 journalists in prison. While that number is down from more than 100 earlier this year, most observers agree that it still means that Turkey holds more journalists in prison than any other country in the world. IPI Deputy Director Anthony Mills said: "IPI and its affiliate, the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), stand with our colleagues in Turkey: both those who have been imprisoned for their work, and those who are ostensibly free but face a climate of fear and self-censorship that shows no sign of abating. We urge Turkey's government to release the journalists it holds in prison and to recommit itself to democratic values, particularly freedom of the media." 
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2012/09/11/44_journalists_on_trial/


IPI Turkish National Committee: ‘Journalism is on trial’
Source: IPI
Date: 11 September 2012
The head of the International Press Institute (IPI)’s Turkish National Committee yesterday told those gathered outside an Istanbul courthouse where proceedings began against 44 journalists accused of supporting terrorism that “In this legal case, journalism is on trial”. Provincial governor bans demonstrations in Hatay, Turkey
http://www.freemedia.at/home/singleview/article/ipi-turkish-national-committee-journalism-is-on-trial.html


Judicial reform package may save banned books
Source: Hurriyetdaily
Date: 11 September 2012 A regular bookcase in a regular Turkish home may have long contained illegal publications, according to an informatory list sent by the Ankara Police Department to the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutors’ Office in line with the 3rd Judicial Reform Package. 
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/judicial-reform-package-may-save-banned-books.aspx?pageID=238&nID=29839&NewsCatID=339


Journalists on trial for alleged links to KCK
Source: Hurriyetdaily
Date: 11 September 2012
Some 44 people, many of them journalists, went on trial in Istanbul’s Çağlayan 14th High Criminal Court yesterday for having alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) amid protests.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/journalists-on-trial-for-alleged-links-to-kck.aspx?pageID=238&nID=29845&NewsCatID=339


Court Decides to Release Journalist after Six Years of Arrest
Source: Bianet
Date: 11 September 2012
A court in Istanbul ruled to release Sedat Şenoğlu, the executive coordinator of Atılım newspaper who remained under arrest for six years. The court decided to keep journalists Fusün Erdoğan and Bayram Namaz in jail, however.
http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/140807-court-decides-to-release-journalist-after-six-years-of-arrest


IPI Turkish National Committee: ‘Journalism is on trial’
Source: IPI
Date: 11 September 2012
The head of the International Press Institute (IPI)’s Turkish National Committee yesterday told those gathered outside an Istanbul courthouse where proceedings began against 44 journalists accused of supporting terrorism that “In this legal case, journalism is on trial”.
http://www.freemedia.at/home/singleview/article/ipi-turkish-national-committee-journalism-is-on-trial.html


Turkish court rules for release of journalist after six years in detention
Source: IFEX
Date: 11 September 2012
On 6 August 2012, a court in Istanbul's Caglayan district ruled for the release of Sedat Senoglu, the executive coordinator of theAtilim newspaper, who was jailed for six years in connection with terrorism-related charges. The court decided, however, to keep journalists Fusun Erdogan and Bayram Namaz in prison. A total of 26 suspects, 11 of them arrested pending trial, including Erdogan, the former chief coordinator of Ozgur Radio, and Bayram Namaz, an Atilim columnist, are standing trial in the case. The chief justice decided to release Senoglu taking into consideration the characteristics of the "crimes" attributed to him, the probability of a change in the classification of the offence and the number of years he has already spent behind bars. The court delegation also issued an arrest warrant for Ibrahim Cicek, who failed to comply with probation orders. In addition, they ruled to keep the remaining 10 suspects, who have already served six years in jail, in detention. The suspects are on trial in connection with operation "Gaye", which was conducted in a number of provinces across Turkey in September 2006, and are facing charges of being members of the Marxist Leninist Communist Party (MLKP). The next hearing is scheduled for 13 December 2012. 
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2012/09/11/journalist_released_biane/


Forty-four journalists on trial in Turkey, accused of supporting terrorism
Source: IFEX
Date: 11 September 2012
The head of the International Press Institute (IPI)'s Turkish National Committee yesterday told those gathered outside an Istanbul courthouse where proceedings began against 44 journalists accused of supporting terrorism that "in this legal case, journalism is on trial." Milliyet newspaper columnist Kadri Gürsel made the statement in remarks delivered on behalf of the National Committee, which currently holds the rotating leadership of the Freedom for Journalists Platform (GÖP), an umbrella group representing local and national media organisations in Turkey. Gursel delivered his remarks outside of the Çaglayan Istanbul Palace of Justice, where 44 Kurdish journalists - 36 of whom have been detained since December - faced the start of trial on terrorism-related charges for their alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Communities Union (KÇK), a group authorities claim is the urban wing of the banned separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The defendants all face charges related to alleged membership in a terrorist organisation, but critics say they are on trial because their journalistic activities have irked Turkish authorities. Turkey currently holds approximately 80 journalists in prison. While that number is down from more than 100 earlier this year, most observers agree that it still means that Turkey holds more journalists in prison than any other country in the world. IPI Deputy Director Anthony Mills said: "IPI and its affiliate, the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), stand with our colleagues in Turkey: both those who have been imprisoned for their work, and those who are ostensibly free but face a climate of fear and self-censorship that shows no sign of abating. We urge Turkey's government to release the journalists it holds in prison and to recommit itself to democratic values, particularly freedom of the media." 
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2012/09/11/44_journalists_on_trial/


Croatian Journalists' Association pleads for release of Turkish journalist
Source: Croatian Times
Date: 11 September 2012
The Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) has asked the Dubrovnik County Court to release a Turkish journalist being held in custody.
Vicdan Ozerdem was detained in Croatia after the Turkish government asked for her to be extradited, despite her having political asylum in Germany where she lives.
http://www.croatiantimes.com/news/General_News/2012-09-10/29541/Croatian_Journalists'_Association_pleads_for_release_of_Turkish_journalist

10 September 2012

Journalists tried in fresh wave of KCK case today
Source: Hurriyetdaily
Date: 10 September 2012
As the third indictment involving several journalists in Kurdistan Communities Union case starts to be seen today, suspects and lawyers of the case complain about decreasing public interest in the hearings.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/journalists-tried-in-fresh-wave-of-kck-case-today.aspx?pageID=238&nID=29747&NewsCatID=339


AUTHORITIES ASKED TO STOP CRIMINALIZING JOURNALISM AS TRIAL OF 36 DETAINED PRO-KURDISH JOURNALISTS GETS UNDER WAY
Source: RSF
Date: 10 September 2012
The trial of 36 journalists with pro-Kurdish media who have been held since 20 December 2011opens today in Istanbul. Reporters Without Borders, whose Turkish correspondent is attending the trial, calls for the release of all journalists detained in connection with their work and urges the judicial authorities to give them a fair trial.
http://en.rsf.org/turkey-authorities-asked-to-stop-10-09-2012,43358.html


Trial of 44 journalists starts
Source: Journalists in Turkey
Date: 10 September 2012
Published on: Monday 10 Sep 2012, 13:28 by Fréderike Geerdink in Hoofdartikel, Human Rights, Judiciary, Kurds, Media, Stories
ISTANBUL – In the Turkish city of Istanbul the trial of 44 journalists working for Kurdish media has started. They are accused of ‘membership of an illegal organization’.
The journalists were detained last December and 35 of them have been in jail ever since. They are being tried in the so-called ‘KCK trials’, in which thousands of Kurds are being prosecuted for membership of the KCK, an umbrella organization of Kurdish groups in Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria.
http://www.journalistinturkey.com/stories/human-rights/trial-of-44-journalists-in-turkey-starts_3375/

8 September 2012

Memories of murdered journalists at a museum
Source: Hurriyetdaily
Date: 8 September 2012
Opened in a restored annex of the historic Ayavukla Church in İzmir’s Basmane neighborhood, İzmir’s new Press Museum presents a painful reminder of the sacrifices paid by Turkey’s journalists, displaying the personal effects of reporters who were murdered over the last few decades.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/memories-of-murdered-journalists-at-a-museum.aspx?pageID=238&nid=29626&NewsCatID=385

7 September 2012

EFJ Urges Turkish government to Release Journalists Due in Court Next Week
Source: IFJ
Date: 7 September 2012
The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today called upon the Turkish authorities to release all journalists and media workers, who have been arrested and are facing terror charges under the Turkish anti-terror legislation. The EFJ made the call ahead of the trial of 35 journalists and media workers due to start next week in Istanbul. Most of the accused worked for left wing and Kurdish media. They were arrested on 20 December 2011 in an operation called "the Union of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK)."  "This trial amounts to an outrageous attempt to silence critical media in Turkey under the cloak of the so-called war on terror," said EFJ President Arne König. "The  journalists 'community  and freedom of expression organisations are monitoring  closely the developments  in Turkey, focussing on this trial beginning  next week".German journalists from the dju in ver.di which has adopted Ömer Çelik, reporter of Diclenews agency, through the EFJ adoption campaign will attend the trial in Caglayan, Istanbul.  Ömer Çelik is accused of having engaged in illegal propaganda for his reporting on  the Wan earthquake as wellas on the  critical situation of human rights . On 13 September, EFJ President Arne König will attend an important trial in Diyabakir of journalist Bedri Adanır who has initiated the publication of a newspaper written by the arrested journalists, a project which has been supported by the TGS. On 14 September there will the 13th hearing of the trial involving journalists of OdaTV.  Four journalists, Oda TV owner Soner Yalçin, managing editor Baris Pehlivan, news director Baris Terkoglu and reporter Yalçin Küçük - have now spent 19 months in jail. EFJ President Arne König together with the President of EFJ affiliate in Turkey Ercan Ipekci, President of the  Türkiye Gazeteciler Sendikası (TGS), will be at both trials to show continued solidarity to all arrested journalist in Turkey. "It is also important to let the Turkish government know that we are closely following these cases and reporting to European and International organisations,' added König. ". "The important Turkish role in the Middle East, in particular in relation to the Syrian crisis, should not overshadow what is happening with critical voices at home."The Association of Journalists of Santiago de Compostella, a member of  EFJ affiliate FAPE, have "adopted" journalist Zeynep Kuray, who will  be one of the 35 journalists in trial on 10 September. Zeynep Kuray is a correspondent for the newspaperBirgun and the First News Agency (ANF) and she has been accused of membership   of the PKK. The authorities have no other evidence than telephone conversations and notes from her daily work as a journalist. 
http://europe.ifj.org/en/articles/efj-urges-turkish-government-to-release-journalists-due-in-court-next-week

6 September 2012

Provincial governor bans demonstrations in Hatay, Turkey
Source: IFEX
Date: 6 September 2012
On 4 September 2012, Hatay provincial Governor Mehmet Celalettin Lekesiz announced that demonstrations and press statements would no longer be permitted in the southern border province. After meeting with representatives from non-governmental organisations inside his office, the governor said that "de facto, illegal demonstration marches, under the guise of press statements," would no longer be allowed in order to uphold "peace in the province." The governor spoke about a demonstration that took place in Hatay on 1 September and said he felt apprehensive about slogans chanted at the event, including "Antakya off to the streets to chase Al-Qaeda away." Claims that Al-Qaeda militants were among Syrian rebels who took refuge in the province began to surface after the Apaydin Syrian rebel camp captured the public's attention. "These are extremely alarming [statements that could] damage the social peace in our province in the future," Governor Lekesiz added. 
Some 25,000 people, including members of the Labor Party, the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (DISK), the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KESK), the Freedom and Solidarity Party (ODP) and the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB), gathered before the governor's office on 1 September to declare their opposition to an "imperialist intervention in Syria", chanting slogans in Turkish and Arabic. Members of the Refugees Sub-Commission of the parliamentary Human Rights Commission were scheduled to pay a visit to refugee camps on 5 September, including the controversial Apaydin camp.  http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2012/09/06/demonstrations_banned/

5 September 2012

“The State is Feeling the Waters to Censure Social Media”
Source: Bianet
Date: 5 September 2012
Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım referred to social media a “threat” that needs to be contained. Minister Yıldırım later denied allegations that they were working on measures to censure social media, but Dr. Özgür Uçkan from Istanbul’s Bilgi University expressed doubt about his statement.
http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/140715-the-state-is-feeling-the-waters-to-censure-social-media


Athens, newspapers riled over Turkish prime minister's 'minority' statement
Source: Hurriyetdaily
Date: 5 September 2012
Greek newspapers have accused Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of provocation after Erdoğan referred to the Turks in western Thrace as the "Turkish minority," daily Milliyet reported today.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/athens-newspapers-riled-over-turkish-prime-ministers-minority-statement--.aspx?pageID=238&nid=29424&NewsCatID=351

4 September 2012

US secretary responds to jailed scribe’s letter
Source: Hurriyetdaily
Date: 4 September 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hilliary Clinton has responded to a letter from Turkish journalist Müyesser Yıldız, who was convicted as part of the OdaTV case and later released. 
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/us-secretary-responds-to-jailed-scribes-letter.aspx?pageID=238&nID=29329&NewsCatID=339

1 September 2012

OdaTV suspects ask for release from jail
Source: Hurriyetdaily
Date: 1 September 2012
The lawyers representing arrested journalists Soner Yalçın, Barış Pehlivan and Barış Terkoğlu, who were charged within the OdaTV case, demanded the release of their clients based on evidence found in a report issued by the Scientific and Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/odatv-suspects-ask-for-release-from-jail.aspx?pageID=238&nID=29140&NewsCatID=339


Publishers ink $69 mln deal in ebook price-fixing case
Source: Hurriyetdaily
Date: 1 September 2012
U.S. prosecutors have announced that the top three U.S. publishing houses have inked a $69 million deal to close the book on charges that they schemed to fix prices of digital titles.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/publishers-ink-69-mln-deal-in-ebook-price-fixing-case.aspx?pageID=238&nid=29117&NewsCatID=345