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Behind a wall of police, Turkish writer Ahmet Şik arrives at a courthouse in Istanbul to face antistate charges. (Reuters)

Behind a wall of police, Turkish writer Ahmet Şik arrives at a courthouse in Istanbul to face antistate charges. (Reuters)

Myths and Facts: ‘Imprisoned Journalists’ in Turkey

Yavuz Baydar at Huffington Post

The remaining six are accused of being members of Ergenekon, the alleged illegal terror network. (Nedim Şener and Ahmet Şık are not mentioned on that list.) If we are to take into some consideration European Court precedents, then we have to take a

How Many Turkish Journalists Are Really Jailed? Simply, Sixty-Four.

by Emre Kızılkaya

New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released its annual prison census, which tracks cases of journalists jailed for their work globally.

The report alleges that Iran is the world?s worst jailer, with 42 journalists behind bars, while “imprisonments were also reported in the stable democracy of Turkey, which was holding eight journalists.”

In other developments:

Turkey convicts policeman for Nigerian’s manslaughter | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

by Turkish Digest

ISTANBUL Dec 13 (Reuters) – A Turkish policeman was found guilty on Tuesday of the involuntary manslaughter of a Nigerian asylum-seeker in police custody more than four years ago, in a case that had drawn criticism of the EU-candidate’s legal processes.

Female suspect identified amongst only men

from Hurriyet Daily News

Irina Omara Yıldız, the only woman in a police line-up, was identified as the female leader of a prostitution ring after a raid in Antalya, private broadcaster NTV reported…

Intelligence Official’s Threat against Dink Time-Barred?

In 2004, two members of the National Intelligence Agency allegedly gave slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Dink a lesson on where his place was at a meeting at the Governor’s Office. The related investigation was now time-barred.

Turkish Government Convicted for Death at Military Post

The ECHR ruled for a violation of the right to life in the case of the alleged suicide of Ekrem Kurt during his military service. His family will receive compensation from the Turkish government.

Thousands of Arrests, Dozens of Deaths in Prisons

In a joint statement issued during the human rights week, the human rights associations TİHV and İHD noted that custodies and arrests of the investigations into the KCK, the Hopa incidents and the Revolutionary Headquarter reached massive dimensions.

In the Dock together with Einstein and Dostoevsky

The trial regarding the “I’ve had enough” 2010 agenda of Metis was continued on 30 November. The case was opened on 26 November 2010 because the calendar allegedly denigrated religious values.

Halil Savda Released

Conscientious objector Halil Savda was released after he gave his statement to the prosecutor. He had been taken into custody at the airport in Istanbul when he was about to follow an invitation of Amnesty International to Paris.

?Judicial Process? Little More Than Allegations and Punishments

by Jenny White
On the occasion of world Human Rights Week, lawyers, human rights workers and academics said Turkey has been taking backwards steps on human rights issues, especially since 2005. ?The regulations in the enlargement of the police authority after 2005 and changes in Turkey?s anti-terror law in 2006 leave Turkey with an unsatisfactory judicial process,? head of Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, Metin Bakkalcı, said.

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