Stockholm Center for Freedom – Scf – Jan 25

Almost 300 journalists in Turkey, a member state of the Council of Europe and a candidate country to the European Union, are languishing behind bars or facing outstanding arrest warrants, a report released by the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF)

 

 
Broadcasting ban has been imposed on news website www.ozguruz.org whose Editor-in-Chief is Can Dündar before it started news broadcasting.

# ÖZGÜRÜZ Goes Online

 
#ÖZGÜRÜZ* news site has gone online. The Editor-in-Chief of the news site is journalist Can Dündar, who lives in Germany and is prosecuted over MİT Trucks reports.
 
Renowned Turkish journalist Can Dündar launched a new Germany-based online news portal on Jan. 24, titled “Özgürüz” (We Are Free).
 
The German Justice Ministry’s invitation to an official reception to former Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dündar as a guest of honor is a “provocation” ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Turkey, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Müftüoğlu has told reporters.
The Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry has summoned the German charge d’affaires in Ankara to express its reaction over German Justice Minister Heiko Maas’ invitation of Turkish journalist Can Dündar to a reception in Berlin, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) reported on Jan. 24.

In other news:

Occupying democracy

 

The replacement of democratically elected HDP/DBP mayors and local municipality workers by AKP appointees is a grave threat to democracy in Turkish Kurdistan and the larger region.

A placard with photos of 11 jailed pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, HDP, lawmakers, left by Leyla Birlik, a HDP lawmaker after her address to the Turkish parliament on Jan. 19, 2017. Picture by AP/Press Association Images. All rights reserved. In the aftermath of the July 2016 coup d’état attempt in Turkey, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has dismissed, detained and in some cases imprisoned co-mayors from 51 majority Kurdish local authorities across South East Turkey (North Kurdistan), replacing them with appointees from the AKP. The majority of these co-mayors belong to the AKP’s leading opposition parties, the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and its Kurdistan branch the Democratic Regions Party (DBP).

 
The parliament in Ankara has given the green light for a constitutional amendment that could see the introduction of a presidential system in Turkey. With the help of votes from the far-right MHP the ruling AKP achieved the majority it needed to hold a referendum on the reform. A huge election campaign and widespread fears among the population will ensure that Erdoğan gets the result he wants, commentators fear.
BBC – Jan 24, 12:48 PM

The celebrated Turkish writer is one of many of the country’s intellectuals facing criminal charges since last summer’s failed coup attempt. Asli Erdogan spent more than four months in pre-trial detention, charged with one of Turkey’s most severe

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