Now comes Reporters without Borders report on Turkey. Growing concerns on human rights issues…

Countries under surveillance


Domain name : .tr
Population : 77,804,122
Internet users : 35,000,000
Average monthly salary : 560 U.S. dollars
Number of imprisoned netizens : 0

The YouTube saga

Much was written throughout Turkey in 2010 about the fate of the Google-owned video-sharing website YouTube. Blocked in Turkey since May 2008 because of videos which Ataturk, the founder of the Republic and the nation, deemed ?offensive,? it was rendered accessible again in October 2010 after a series of unexpected developments. CONTINUE

No Way to Run Turkey?s Democracy –

Arrest of Turkish reporters raises doubts over Ergenekon case

Index On Censorship

The Ergenekon case began four years ago, as an ambitious legal investigation seeking to reveal plots against Turkish democracy. It would supposedly uncover the misdeeds of Turkish state officials who were part of an alleged ultra-nationalist plot that

The Republic of Fear: Ordinary People Ground Up in the Ergenekon Mill

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White
Photo from Radikal

A graduate student?s life and career are ruined by the courts.

Hüseyin Edemir is a face to be put on the judicial tragedy of Turkey as not only high profile journalists or alleged coup suspect generals suffer from being put on trial under arrest with highly questionable evidence.


Turkey Inquired about Internet Censorship

from Bianet :: English
The European Court of Human Rights examines two applications from Turkey regarding cases of internet censorship in 2009. Turkish authorities were allowed time till 9 June to submit a response. Internet expert Akdeniz emphasized the international importance of the decision.


Trial on Seven Speeches of Kurdish Politician Postponed

from Bianet :: English
Ahmet Türk, former Co-Chair of the banned Democratic Society Party, is facing imprisonment of up to 45 years in a trial regarding seven different speeches. The case was postponed to 16 June for the preparation of the final speech of the prosecution.

Press freedom in Turkey: A dangerous place to be a journalist
The Economist
Mr Sik and Mr Sener have been accused of involvement with the so-called Ergenekon gang, an organisation of generals and like-minded accomplices alleged to have plotted to overthrow AK. The investigation into Ergenekon, which began in 2007,

Imam Might Come Over Unannounced

from Bianet :: English
The family imam project implemented in an Adana district aims at standing by families in good and bad days and informing them on topics such as “bad habits” besides religious issues. Social Services Expert Karatay criticized the project as “ideologic”.

Arat Dink responds to jailed Turkish journalist’s letter

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Daily News with Radikal
The son of slain Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink has replied to a letter written by arrested journalist Ahmet Şık after his detainment, calling him a source of hope.


Nedim Sener : Ergenekon, Fethullah Gülen, Hanefi Avci, prémonitions et quelques explications .

from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne


Sur cette vidéo, mise en ligne sur Youtube en septembre dernier, l?extrait d?un entretien entre Nedim Sener – journaliste d?investigation turc dont l?arrestation dans le cadre du procès Ergenekon a provoqué l?émoi en Turquie – et Cüneyt Özdemir, un de ses confrère de CNN Türk. Dans cet extrait ils évoquent le mouvement de Fethullah Gülen, peut-être à l?occasion de l?arrestation d?Hanefi Avci. Leurs propos montrent bien en tous les cas le climat délétère qui règne en Turquie autour de ces questions. Et ils résonnent aujourd?hui de façon prémonitoire.


Turkish journalist Ilıcak to file criminal complaint against OdaTV

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires
Journalist Nazlı Ilıcak has said she will file a criminal complaint against the dissident online news portal OdaTV, claiming it kept illegal records on her.


The professional solidarity quagmire

The events, reactions, demonstrations and protests that occurred in the aftermath of the detention of several journalists got me thinking about this issue. I don?t know Nedim Şener or Ahmet Şık. This is the first time I?ve heard the latter name.


Reading the Ergenekon issue

by Ali Bayramoğlu Yeni Şafak
The latest arrest and detention of some journalists as part of the Ergenekon probe has damaged the legitimacy of the Ergenekon trial.

Erdogan rejects accusations of trying to suppress Turkish media
Southeast European Times
His statement followed the arrests last week of about ten journalists, as part of the so-called Ergenekon investigation into a suspected plot to topple the government. The arrests spurred reactions from the EU, the US and international human rights

Journalism and coup charges
Today’s Zaman
At his party’s parliamentary group meeting earlier this week, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan responded to criticism against his government that suggested it is behind the arrests of some journalists in the latest wave of Ergenekon arrests as part

Turkish Reporters’ Arrests Spur Backlash Against ‘Deep State’ Probe
Wall Street Journal
Prosecutors this week formally arrested six journalists and a writer on charges they belonged to the alleged organization, known as Ergenekon, which is accused of attempting to destabilize Turkey and topple its leaders. Associated Press Ahmet Sik

Journalist Şener: They Would Have Taken Me in Anyways

from Bianet :: English
“They would have included me in such an operation anyways. This is because they decided to eliminate journalists like us and it seems that there is more to come. The questions I was asked go back as far as the time between 2003 and 2006”.


International Women’s Day Overshadowed by Violence

from Bianet :: English
According to a joint announcement of the Turkish Medical Association and the Turkish Psychiatry Association made on International Women’s Day on 8 March, women murders in Turkey have increased by 400 percent during the past seven years.


Lawyer Aslan: Prolonged Detention of Student Edemir Unfounded

from Bianet :: English
Middle-East Technical University student Edemir will remain in detention until the coming hearing on 23 June. The Istanbul 10th High Criminal Court did not take into consideration the prosecutor’s final speech in favour of Edemir’s release pending trial.

Students in Jail for Protesting Killing of Fellow Students

from Bianet :: English

Five students from Dicle University who boycotted their school because of the killing of two fellow students by the police were sentenced to a total of 57 years in prison for several of offences. Lawyer Deniz announced to appeal the decision

No investigation yet of Turkish ‘postmodern coup’

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires
The ‘postmodern coup’ of Feb. 28, 1997, is under examination thanks to documents confiscated from the Gölcük Navy Base, but no investigation has started yet.


Turkey’s bad example on democracy and authoritarianism

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