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Conscientious Objector Süver Remains in Prison

from Bianet :: English
The Izmir Şirinyer Military Court dismissed the request for the release of conscientious objector İnan Süver. Süver is said to have been sentenced to imprisonment of 35 months. The case was adjourned to 15 November.

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from the CNN Turk’s new ad campaign found in CNN ?behind the story?

“This series of ads from CNN in Turkey uses the distressed style of the street to make a political point. Interesting how corporates are running ads that could be from Amnesty or Greenpeace. No?”….

Journalist Baransu Acquitted in “Aktütün” Trial

from Bianet :: English
Taraf newspaper reporter Baransu was acquitted of charges of publishing “classified” documents regarding the raid on the Aktütün police station despite the prosecutor’s plead for imprisonment. Baransu will now file a complaint against Generals Başbuğ and Iğsız.

Alevi group holds 2,000-strong protest against religion classes in Turkey

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Around 2,000 people staged a sit-in protest in the Turkish capital on Saturday organized by an Alevi group to demonstrate against mandatory religious classes in the country’s public education system.

Investigation launched in former Turkish TV host’s comments

from Hurriyet Dailynews
An investigation into discriminating remarks made by showman Mehmet Ali Erbil against Turkish Alevis has begun.

ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ – How did the judiciary work for Orhan Pamuk and the Protestants?

Up until very recently we had a very strong military guardianship in Turkey. Thankfully, it has been dissolving for a while and we will have a fully functioning democracy soon.

With no liberal ideology and mostly pro-Kemalist, I wonder how Alevis will do that:

Alevis take step to unify in Turkey, then around the world

from Hurriyet Dailynews

Millions of Alevis around the world are moving to form a global organization under the title of ‘World Alevi Union’ to raise awareness of their liberal Islamic sect.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – Journalists in jail

Noam Chomsky, who visited İstanbul to take part in a conference on freedom of expression, summarized the situation in a calm manner. He told the press that from 2002 to 2008 observers of Turkey had noted with satisfaction that freedom of expression thrived and that journalism and debate became much bolder, but that in the last couple of years the situation had again become alarming.

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