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48 journalists on trial this week in Turkey

first_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News October 24, 2017 48 journalists on trial this week in Turkey Organisation No fewer than 48 journalists will be in court this week in three different trials in Turkey. Most of them are in prison. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the baseless charges on which they are being tried and calls for the immediate release of those detained. April 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 28, 2021 Find out more Nowadays barely a week goes by in Turkey without journalists being arrested or tried. Another six are going on trial today in connection with their coverage of information obtained in 2016 by a group of far-left hackers from the emails of President Erdoğan’s son-in-law, energy minister Berat Albayrak. The information they published, in which there was a clear public interest, involved petroleum trade with Iraqi Kurdistan, the crackdown on the “Occupy Gezi” movement and the government’s progressive subjugation of the Turkish media. Scapegoats Three of these six journalists – investigative reporter Tunca Öğreten, DİHA news agency reporter Ömer Çelik and Mahir Kanaat of the left-wing daily BirGün – have already spent ten months in provisional detention. The other three – Derya Okatan, Metin Yoksu and Eray Sargın – were arrested at the same time as the others but were freed after 24 hours in police custody. They are accused of distorting the content of Albayrak’s emails, divulging state secrets and benefiting various terrorist organizations by “creating a negative perception of the authorities.” Despite an obvious ideological contradiction, Öğreten is also accused of being simultaneously linked to the DHKP-C, a far-left armed group, and to the movement led by Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, which is alleged by the government to have been behind the abortive coup in July 2016. Similarly incongruous accusations have also been made against some of his colleagues. “The fate of these journalists is yet another example of the absurd and contradictory accusations that many journalists are facing in Turkey,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Provisional detention is being used in a punitive and arbitrary manner. We again call for the immediate release of all media personnel who have been jailed in connection with their work.” Spate of trials The trial of 29 journalists accused of Gülen Movement membership also resumes today. Twenty-three of them have been held provisionally for more than a year. The court ordered the release of most of them at the end of the first hearing but their release was blocked at the last moment. Thirteen of these journalists, including Murat Aksoy and Atilla Taş, are also being prosecuted on charges of “trying to overthrow the government and constitutional order.” Thirteen other journalists, including Faruk Eren, Ertuğrul Mavioğlu and Celal Başlangıç, are due to appear in court on 26 October for participating in a campaign of solidarity with Özgür Gündem, a Kurdish newspaper that had been the victim of judicial persecution. In this campaign, a total of 56 journalists, human rights defenders and intellectuals took turns at being the newspaper’s “editor for a day” from May to August 2016. Human rights defender Murat Çelikkan was released on 21 October after several months serving a jail sentence for his role in the campaign. RSF’s Turkey representative, Erol Önderoğlu, is another of the participants in this campaign who is being prosecuted. His trial is due to resume in Istanbul on 26 December. The trial of 11 human rights defenders, including both the president and the director of Amnesty International in Turkey, is due to start in Istanbul tomorrow. Like independent journalists, they are being subjected to vitriolic attacks in Turkey’s pro-government media for, inter alia, following the Cumhuriyet newspaper trial. They are facing up to 15 years in prison on charges of belonging to various terrorist organizations. Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The already worrying media situation has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after the July 2016 coup attempt. Around 150 media outlets have been closed and more than 100 journalists are currently in prison. Receive email alertscenter_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression News Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Turkey to go further April 2, 2021 Find out more News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Ömer Çelik, Mahir Kanaat and Tunca Öğreten last_img read more

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Homeless man ’emotionally exhausted’ by life on the streets

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Advertisement Twitter Email Linkedin Previous articleAustria tourists Shannon boundNext articleAnd Still, We Work Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsLocal NewsHomeless man ’emotionally exhausted’ by life on the streetsBy Alan Jacques – October 8, 2015 839 center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Vedran Kohut a homeless man and his dog in their former camp near Westfields.By Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Vedran Kohut a homeless man and his dog in their former camp near Westfields.A HOMELESS Croatian man living rough on the streets of Limerick feels he has been left behind by society and now feels “emotionally exhausted” by the experience.Vedran Kohut and his canine companion, Evelyn, have slept in 29 cities across Europe since 2013. The 36-year-old arrived in Limerick in March 2015 and had, for a time, been living in a makeshift camp along the banks of the River Shannon.In the last three years, Vedran and his faithful companion have been homeless in France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina.Since arriving in Limerick, he claims that none of Limerick’s homeless shelters would accommodate his pet, which he refers to as a therapy dog to help him deal with his mental health issues. He told the Limerick Post that he has been attacked and had his tent burnt down during his time in the city, which lead to a breakdown and a period in hospital.“I was doing my best to keep myself healthy, mentally and physically. I feel I have been completely left behind by some public services, especially when I was dealing with the council’s homeless team,” Vedran said.“I am now emotionally exhausted and probably in need of another recovery period in hospital. I only managed to get a little bit of work since March, mostly because nobody would employ me with my current situation. I have had to borrow money from family and friends and I have been living for at least six months with less than €5 a day in my pocket.”Earlier this year, Vedran had his passport and other documents and valuables including a laptop stolen while travelling by train from Galway to Dublin. He now feels desperate, is in need of support, and does not know where to turn.“I am grateful for all the help I have received from people in Limerick but what I really need is to be treated fairly by public services such as the social welfare office,” he concluded. Facebook TAGSAlan JacqueshomelesshomelessnesslimerickVedran Kohut Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print WhatsApplast_img read more

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