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Release comes too late for Turkish prisoner Güler Zere

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The “Kurdish Initiative”: Now in Theaters!

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer


Although, on a political level, the government’s “Kurdish initiative” — a democratization program announced last summer that’s designed to tackle the decades-old Kurdish problem — seems stuck in the muck (see this previous post) of Turkey’s political polarization, interesting things are happening on the cultural front.

Lawyers of the Family of Killed Journalist Dink Sue Deputy Governor

from Bianet :: English
The lawyers of the murder case of Turkish-Armenian journalist Dink sue Istanbul Deputy Governor Güran because he did not let the lawyers have a copy of the inspectors’ preliminary investigation report. The coming hearing of the Dink murder case is on 10 May.

Media Association: Legal Reform Essential for Press Freedom

from Bianet :: English
According to the Media Association, ‘unfortunately, many journalists are on trial in Turkey, and the suits result in monetary fines or prison sentences. The improved economic performance is not reflected in the development of press freedom’.

Chief of General Staff Threatens “One Part of the Press”

from Bianet :: English
Chief of General Staff Gen. Başbuğ said that ‘even the press during the armistice was not as treacherous’ as a certain part of today’s press in Turkey. Tarf newspaper responded, “The real traitor is the one who leaves children to die”.

Freedom House reveals shortcomings of Turkish democracy

Today’s Zaman
The ongoing trial of Ergenekon, a shadowy crime network which has alleged links within the state and is suspected of plotting to topple the government

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