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Turkey arrests journalists in alleged terror plot

CNN International – 13 minutes ago

Turkey has been battling a Kurdish separatist insurgency led by guerillas from  organization referred to as the Union of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK)

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Interior minister criticizes media reports on beating

from Hurriyet Daily News
Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin has criticized the media for the coverage of a beating at a police station in the Aegean province of İzmir and asked if the accused police officers should be ?hanged instead of being punished according to laws.?

 

“Additional Information” Landed Journalist in Jail

Birgün reporter Aşam was sentenced to one year in jail on the grounds of supportive information of a news item published in January this year. Her signature was not under the main news but under a box with additional information.

Male Culprits Killed 20 Women in October

According to data compiled by bianet, 20 women were killed by men in October 2011. 22 women were wounded, seven women raped. From January to October 2011, a total of 226 women were killed and 93 were raped.

Crucial Problems: Detained Journalists and Censorship

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Mijatovic paid her first official visit to Turkey to talk to government officials about media freedom. Prior to the talks she attended a panel of the Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences on freedom of expression.

 

Turkish police attack on woman caught on CCTV – video

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk
Two plain-clothes police officers are seen slapping a female prisoner in an incident captured on a CCTV camera inside a police station in Izmir

Woman shot dead in front of courthouse

from Hurriyet Daily News
A woman was shot dead today outside a courthouse in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak, just before she was due in court, Milliyet reported.

 

The Lost Word by Oya Baydar – review

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Maya Jaggi
A welcome spotlight shone on Turkey’s Kurdish war
Snow, the 2002 novel by Turkey’s Nobel literature laureate Orhan Pamuk, was set in north-eastern Anatolia in the 1990s, as war with secessionist Kurds raged in the wings. Oya Baydar’s fine novel ? her seventh, and the first to appear in English ? brings that conflict to the fore. Published in Turkish in 2007, it is set in the recent past, as a war fought with Kurdish separatists since 1984 intensifies in the mountains and spills across borders, while tourists are targeted by seaside bombings.

 

OSCE focus on media freedom in Turkey | News | Rapid TV News

Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 19-12-2011

The challenges to media freedom and revisions in the criminal law in Turkey have been under the spotlight following a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Dunja Mijatovi? of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

 

1978 | The Maraş Massacre

by M.A.M
Mavi Boncuk |

The Maraş Massacre (tr: Maraş katliamı) or Kahramanmaraş Massacre of December 1978 was the massacre of more than hundred civilians, mostly Alevis, a minority Muslim group in Turkey. The prime perpetrators were Greywolves. It was an attack by rightists on leftists, Turks on Kurds, Sunnis (probably Kurdish as well as Turkish) on Alevis.

UN Released First Report on LGBT Rights Violations

The Un Human Rights Commission published its first global report on human rights violations of LGBT individuals. It urges for immediate investigations of all forms of violence and murder cases committed on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity in 193 countries.

Conscientious Objector Delice on Hunger Strike

Four days ago, conscientious objector Delice started a hunger strike because he was allegedly beaten and forced to pay protection money. According to his lawyer Erkan, torture in prison is done systematically.

An act of betrayal by the Committee to Protect Journalists

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) describes its goal as ?promoting press freedom worldwide by defending ..
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