VICE News – Aug 31, 12:25 PM

A Turkish court leveled formal charges of terrorism at two VICE News journalists and their colleague on Monday, as global rights groups have called for the reporters to be released. The two British journalists, Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury…


The relative of a soldier killed last month in an attack by the outlawed PKK has been arrested by a Turkish court for “insulting the president” in the latest instance of proceedings being opened against those alleged to have defamed Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
UK raises human rights concerns over Vice News journalists arrested in Turkey

Philip Pendlebury and Jake Hanrahan have been moved to a high security prison after being charged with ‘aiding a terrorist organisation’

Solidarity Network against Censorship reported 20 journalists were dismissed in 40 days, a media group was raided by police, 103 websites were blocked, 10 journalists were attacked.
In democratic countries, election campaigns probably start with rallies, an inauguration of some local administration or central government achievements.
A comprehensive police raid on one of Turkey’s top conglomerates, Koza İpek Holding, which owns opposition media outlets, television channels Bugün TV and Kanaltürk and newspapers Bugün and Millet, came only two months before the early elections that will take place on Nov. 1.
The US and the EU have both expressed their concern over the arrest of two British journalists in Diyarbakır, in line with int’l rights organizations

Koza-Ipek Media group raided by police, with six people held and warrant issued for absent chief executive, as part of investigation into Fethullah Gulen

Turkish police have raided the Ankara-based offices of a media group critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a day after two British reporters were jailed on controversial terror charges.


The Vienna-based IPI has called on the Turkish gov’t to stop using anti-terror laws and financial agencies against journalists
Rights groups denounced the ruling, which said the men had “knowingly and willingly helped an armed terrorist organization,” news reports said.
Sözcü, a Turkish daily fiercely critical of the government, has left the slots for opinion columns in the paper empty to protest the government’s “increasing pressure.”
Policemen raided Koza İpek Holding incorporating Kanaltürk TV and Bugün daily in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Turkey has slapped a ban on 20,000 suspected foreign fighters, preventing them from heading to Syria and Iraq, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tanju Bilgiç said Sept. 2
Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has accused the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of causing a recent rise in terrorist attacks with the aim of receiving enough votes to form a single-party government in the Nov. 1 polls
Fatma Ay and her child B.Ö. (14) sleeping on the housetop in Şırnak province were opened fire. Mother died while the kid got wounded.
İhsan Özkes, who became independent deputy after resigning from the CHP in late July, has caused controversy for praising the presidential palace with reference to the Prophet Muhammed, even though he criticized the same gargantuan edifice five months ago while also invoking the prophet.

Some people from the Middle East wash ashore Turkey’s coasts as dead refugees, some are not allowed to cross its borders as suspected foreign fighters and some enjoy its luxuries as tourists.

The co-chair of the Kurdish problem-focused HDP has claimed the conditions in the eastern and southeastern Anatolian regions of the country were unsuitable for an election campaign due to ongoing clashes between Turkish security forces and terrorists
Milliyet Daily Newspaper dismissed Burcu Karakaş and Esra Alus.
Referring to the two ministers from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey’s newly formed interim government, HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said they are there to prevent the Justice and Development Party (AKP) from “easily deciding to go to war.”

Turkish jets hit ISIL targets in Syria as part of US-led coalition

Turkish jets have joined the US-led coalition forces in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Turkish Foreign Ministry says

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