The release of two prominent Turkish journalists, who had been arrested and detained for months over a story on state-owned trucks allegedly carrying weapons to Syria, has been met with praise by the international community
The satellite broadcast of IMC TV was blacked out on Feb. 24, following a public prosecutor’s demand that its frequency be cut for “making terror organization propaganda.”
TÜRKSAT cuts off imc TV broadcast upon Chief Public Prosecution sending notice to TÜRKSAT.

Dr. Howard Eissenstat: There are no longer any checks and balances in Turkey

todayszaman.com – Feb 25

While Turkey is reducing its commitment to democratization and heading in a very autocratic direction under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ‘s rule, experts raise their concerns and disappointments about the Justice and Development Party

Turkish court frees journalists, saying their rights were violated

They spent three months in prison for publishing an article about Turkey’s arms transfers to Syria – now they face life sentences in a coming trial

Can Dündar and Erdem Gül returning to building of Cumhuriyet daily have made a press statement after their imprisonment of 92 days.
Can Dündar released from Silivri Prison has noted; “This profession has paid the price with lives for the sake of publishing these news. Ours is nothing compared to that. We could stand upright thanks to you”.
Family members, friends, MPs, and other prominent figures greeted daily Cumhuriyet journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül upon their release from Silivri Prison near Istanbul late on Feb. 25, after Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled that their rights had been violated.
The Turkish president’s office has noted that the release of daily Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dündar and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gül does not mark the end of the judicial process, adding that it is “closely following” the case
Presidential Spokesperson Kalın has said, “They haven’t been acquitted, we will follow legal process” as to release of journalists Erdem Gül and Can Dündar.

Turkish journalists released from jail after court rules press freedom violated

Erdem Gül and Can Dündar charged with revealing state secrets for report alleging Erdoğan government tried to ship arms to Islamists in Syria

Turkey’s constitutional court on Thursday ruled that the rights of two Turkish journalists charged with revealing state secrets in a hugely controversial case had been violated, leading to their release after three months in jail.

Turkey: Court Says Officials Violated Rights of 2 Journalists

The country’s highest court paved the way for the release of the journalists, who were jailed on terrorism and espionage charges.
Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar and the daily’s Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gül, were released early on Feb. 26 following 92 days in prison on terrorism charges, hours after the country’s top court’s ruled their arrest had violated their rights

The confessions of the prime minister

The prime minister recently spoke on Al Jazeera, saying, “If there is no Turkish support for the Syrian people, then how did they defend themselves?
Saudi warplanes arrived at the İncirlik Air Base in the southern province of Adana on Feb. 26 to help support the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
A draft law on the protection of personal data fails to outline the establishment of an independent oversight body that would guard such data as required by the EU acquis, an official from the bloc has said

Turkish PM confirms shelling of Kurdish forces in Syria

Ahmet Davutoğlu says YPG units have been warned to withdraw from border territory captured from Syrian rebels

Russia has noted that the suggestions made as alternatives to the truce agreement and to a peaceful solution of the crisis in Syria were unacceptable. The US on the other hand has noted that they respected Turkey’s concerns regarding PKK-YPG connection.
Turkish artillery on Feb. 13 bombarded Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) targets in northern Syria, Turkish security sources has told private broadcaster CNNTürk.

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