The European Court of Human Rights sentenced Turkey to a ? 36,000 compensation fine for closing five newspapers because of their focus on the Kurdish question. Aziz Özer, who had been silenced for describing prison operations as “barbaric attacks” receives ? 3,423 in compensation.
IPI Board Member Ferai Tınç stated: “We, as Turkish journalists, see the İpekçi murder as an unsolved case. The case must not be closed. A proper investigation should be initiated to find answers to all those questions left in the dark”.
The Turkish adage has it that ?a madman threw a rock into a well and 40 wise men could not retrieve it,? and we are waiting to see how many sages it will take to resolve a conundrum casually tossed by a lone British eccentric.
A Kurdish supporter of pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, with a poster of modern Turkey’s founder Kemal Ataturk in the background, shouts slogans as the members attend the party’s congress in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)