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Of course, it is not nice. In a human sense. Nor the reactions are nice. The PM and others are not showing the same level of negative reaction to recently increasing police brutality. Moreover, citizens of this country witnessed several times police officers not behaving nice to deputies. In terms of deep state, bureacrats were at a higher level than elected ones…

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Deputy from Turkey’s BDP under political fire for slapping police officer

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
A deputy from Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party has caused a political uproar by slapping a police captain during a demonstration Monday in Şırnak province.

In other developments:

DİHA Reporter Çiftçi Detained for 10 Months without Indictment

from Bianet :: English
Dicle News Agency reporter Çiftçi has been detained at the Bitlis E Type Prison for 10 months since she was arrested as part of the KCK operations in Hakkari last year. An indictment has not been prepared yet. Three appeals against her detention were dismissed.

Draft bill would change Turkish media law for the worse, journalists say

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
A draft bill that purports to protect journalists from being prosecuted for reporting on ongoing cases would actually further hinder the press, media groups have said.

Journalists on trial: Who is to blame?

by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ
Freedom of the press is one of the problematic areas in Turkey, and this problem is getting more and more attention from abroad. There are of course different aspects of this problem, but one dimension makes it quite interesting. There are now thousands and thousands of cases pending against journalists.

46 Women Killed for “Honour” in 2010

from Bianet :: English
According to a report of the Human Rights Association, 46 women were killed by men in 2010 for reasons of “honour”. 281 women and children applied to courts because of sexual harassment; 182 women and children were raped.

Freedom House Critic of Press Freedom in Turkey

from Bianet :: English
The US American rights organization Freedom House expressed concern about press freedom in Turkey also in respect to the recent developments. In a press release it was said that continuing harassment and detentions of journalists were an “alarming threat to press freedom”.

Dueling narratives of news media freedom in Turkey

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Tensions rose further over whether Turkey’s press is free or not as a major watchdog issued a stern warning while the PM accused the media of a smear campaign.

UN rights chief seeks transparency in Turkey’s journalist cases

from Hurriyet Dailynews by GENEVA – Agence France-Presse
The U.N. rights chief on Tuesday called on Turkey to be transparent over its detention of journalists, warning that suspicions about Ankara?s motives would otherwise persist.

Letter of Detained Journalist Şık to bianet
Bianet
He also described how the “stupid box” of the television became a crucial means of communication for him and said, “How many gaffes did I commit as a member of the untameable Ergenekon, an organization of notorious murderers and putchists

Number of Detained Defendants Increased to 161

from Bianet :: English
The “Sledgehammer Coup Plan” trial was continued on 14/15 March, one month after the Istanbul court decided to release arrest warrants about 163 people of whom 157 were arrested in the meantime. Ret. General Çetin presented his 85-page defence speech.

Blogspot Access Ban Lifted

from Bianet :: English
The Prosecution of Diyarbakır lifted the access ban applied to the Blogspot websites. It might take a few days until all sites are accessible again. Thousands of websites including news sites are still affected by the censorship.

Turkish Ergenekon prosecutor to invite Baykal to testify in harassment case

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Central figures in the sexual harassment allegations surrounding Turkey?s main oppositional party will be asked to testify by Ergenekon Prosecutor Zekeriya Öz.

Turkey detains 20 suspected members of anti-Erdogan militant group

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk

A former security force commander is among those arrested for their alleged involvement in nationalist Ergenekon network

Turkish police have detained 20 people , including a former security force commander, on suspicion of belonging to a militant nationalist network opposed to prime minister Tayyip Erdogan’s rule.

Applause for Taraf

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
What Taraf has achieved with the WikiLeaks deal is a journalistic success. Other newspapers should sit back and read what will be revealed in Taraf pages.

Turkish court releases former fugitive but continues journalist’s detention

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Daily News with Wires
A businessman facing embezzlement charges and who has been on the run for the last 13 years was released after his first hearing at a Turkish court Thursday.

Mor Gabriel

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
The EP ‘finds the Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals decision against Mor Gabriel Monastery, concerning a land dispute with villages and the Turkish Treasury, to be regrettable?’

Journalist Allegedly Threatened by PM’s Chief Advisor

from Bianet :: English

Journalist Murat Aktaş of the local Objektif newspaper asked Chief Advisor of the Prime Minister, Turan Erol, about freedom of journalists. Erol’s reply: “Don’t make this kind of news, your newspaper might be closed”

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