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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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Council issues flood evacuation warning

first_imgEmail Twitter LIMERICK County Council has advised customers living close to flood prone areas along the Lower River Shannon to familiarise themselves with evacuation procedures. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Local Authority has warned of further flooding along the lower River Shannon owing to increasing levels of water in the Shannon system.  It said unprecedented rainfall levels and resultant record flooding along the River Shannon necessitated an increase in the amount of water that had to be released at Parteen Weir by the ESB.   The discharge levels at the ESB weir had been growing in recent days and resulted in the unavoidable release of higher volumes of water downstream this afternoon.Limerick County Council is advising customers from Montpelier downstream to Limerick City to familiarise themselves with a number of actions, as outlined on www.flooding.ie.  The actions that can be undertaken immediately prior to a flood to reduce damages and protect you and your family include:Advance Preparations:.    Be prepared to evacuate your home or business. Protect yourself, your family and others that need your help..    Have warm clothing and wellingtons ready. .    Have medication to hand (if needed)..    Put sandbags at any openings where the water could gain access..    Move your car to high ground if possible..    Have your mobile phone charged.    Listen to all public alerts issued by the Local Authority or emergency servicesActions to take if being evacuated:.    Turn off gas and electricity..    Disconnect cookers, washing machines, dishwashers, etc., connected by rigid pipes to prevent damaging the machine and the pipes..    Store any electrical items upstairs or above flood level..    Co-operate with emergency services and local authorities. You may be evacuated to emergency centres.     Close off the flow valves on propane tanks, oil drums, or other fuel containers that supply your home through pipes and fittings..    Move valuables and other items to safety. Place them above the flood level or upstairs. (It may be preferable to routinely store such items safely upstairs or on high shelves)..    Roll up carpets and rugs and place them out of harms way..    Empty furniture that cannot be moved and put the contents upstairs. .    Raise furniture that cannot be moved elsewhere on bricks or blocks. Move these pieces away from walls to assist the drying later. If pieces are too difficult to lift weigh   them down with a heavy object to prevent them floating and causing damage to windows, etc..    Remove curtains if there is time, if not tie them over the curtain rail..    Remove cabinet doors and internal doors if time allows, if not leave them open..    Unplug any exterior electrical connections such as outdoor lighting, pond pumps and filters. Advertisement Linkedin WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Print NewsLocal NewsCouncil issues flood evacuation warningBy admin – November 24, 2009 509 Previous articleShoebar and transponder key cutting servicesNext articleSport vs reality TV adminlast_img read more

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CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Burdette Park Advisory Committee President Speaks Out Against Replacing Director

first_imgBurdette Park Advisory Committee President Speaks Out Against Replacing DirectorThe Burdette Park advisory Committee President is speaking out against the replacement of the park’s director. The Vanderburgh County Commissioners have asked Jacob Murphy, the current director of Burdette park, to step down effective April 1st….FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

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