by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet
A columnist who has been sued for comments he made following the death of a Turkish-American TV host has been sentenced to pay 20,000 Turkish Liras in damages.
In other human rights related news:
The 16th İstanbul High Criminal Court on Friday accepted an indictment of 14 suspects, including some journalists who are accused of being members of Ergenekon, following searches made at the headquarters of the odatv news portal earlier this year.
Three soldiers died under suspicious circumstances in Bitlis, Maraş and Kars within five days. Human Rights Association President Türkdoğan called on the parliament to investigate the deaths that were apparently caused by stray bullets.
Four civilians, one soldier and one police officer were killed in an armed conflict in Şemdinli on 11 September. A total of 14 people who were abducted since July are still being kept hostage by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.
The indictment about journalists Şık and Şener and a further 12 people related to the OdaTV trial has been accepted by court. The document refers to evidence like “contradicting statements” or “witness accounts”.
from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ
To me, the press has never been free in Turkey and it is still not free today. In one of my past columns for this paper I wrote that just as top military officers had done before, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was seeking to use some sort of exemption from criticism.
“Trade Union Rights in Turkey” was the title of a meeting organized by the Global Union Federations. IUF Secretary General Oswald declared that the violations documented by many union members were unacceptable in a democratic country.
from Bianet :: English
Students from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara are facing up to 10.5 years behind bars. They are tried on the grounds of their protest action in January labelled “We are revolting”.