Turkey Loses Ground again in World Press Freedom Index

Turkey fell back ten places to number 148 in the 2011-2012 World Press Freedom Index. According to the report of Reporters Without Borders, press freedom is in an even worse state in only 31 countries.
by Roy Greenslade
Syria, Bahrain and Yemen fall backwards as uprisings fail to secure democracy
Three Arab countries where popular risings have been quashed have achieved their worst-ever rankings in the annual press freedom index.
But the falls by Syria, Bahrain and Yemen are among many changes that reflect a year of unrest and protest.
**************The assassination that changed Turkey’s minds over Armenia
Haaretz
They tell us the Dink affair has come to an end, but the truth is that it is only the beginning,? cried Turkish-Armenian journalist Karin Karaksli with excitement as she spoke from the balcony of the headquarters of ?Agos,? Istanbul’s Armenian weekly

Imprisoned journalist: Hrant Dink?s killers roam free

from Hurriyet Daily News
The killers of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink remain free, imprisoned journalist Nedim Şener said yesterday during a hearing in the ongoing OdaTV case. The case is expected to continue throughout this week


KCK arrests enter a dangerous stage

from Hurriyet Daily News
About four or five months ago, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told journalists..

 

Şener: Dink Decision Confirmed my Arguments

from Bianet :: English
“I worked on anti-terror duties for 20 years and I have never seen a document as plain as this one”, said former Chief of Police Avcı at the Oda TV trial hearing. Journalist Şener stated, “The Dink decision confirmed what I wrote”.

 

6-Year Prison Sentence because of a Letter

Two people were sentenced to jail on charges of “propaganda for an illegal organization” due to letters sent by imprisoned friends found at their homes. A further six people were convicted of allegations of “membership in an illegal organization” in the same context.

Ergenekon’s mass graves, Kurdish skeletons
Today’s Zaman
This area was used by the notorious JİTEM, an armed wing of Ergenekon that secretly and illegally operated within the Turkish gendarmerie. Relatives have confirmed that some of the skeletons were their beloved ones who were arrested by the gendarmerie

 

Censorship in Prisons

from Bianet :: English
Letters about rights violations in prison do not get through to columnists and journalists. Newspapers dealing with rights violations and ill-treatment in prison are not allowed into prison. A report of the ÇHD Prison Monitoring Commissions revealed a number of problems faced by inmates.

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