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Free press on trial in EU aspirant Turkey – by Andrew Rettman

from Turkish Digest by A-News
The trial of 11 journalists – including Turkey’s “last investigative reporter” – begins today, Tuesday (22 November) in a country which says it wants to join the EU.

Turkish journalists stand trial in alleged coup plot
Washington Post
Prosecutors accuse the journalists of being members of the media wing of the allegedErgenekon group, which authorities described as an armed terrorist organization, and working to manipulate public opinion. Other suspects in the case include

IPI Launched Campaign for Journalist Şener

from Bianet :: English
IPI launched a signature and letter campaign for detained journalist Nedim Şener in order to draw attention to journalists in Turkish prisons. Şener was included to the IPI “List of World Press Freedom Heroes” in 2010.

Ex-intelligence operative Kaşif Kozinoğlu laid to rest

by ISTANBUL – Anatolia News Agency
Kaşif Kozinoğlu, a former intelligence operative who died Nov. 12 while under arrest for his alleged involvement in the Oda TV case, was laid to rest at noon yesterday in the Kocatepe Cemetery in Istanbul?s Ümraniye district.

Former senior Turkish intelligence officers death to be investigated
National Turk English
Administrators of the Odatv news portal are being accused of carrying out the media plan of a clandestine gang called Ergenekon, which allegedly plans to overthrow the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Kaşif Kozinoğlu was on trial standing

Chaotic Start – No Releases

At the hearing of the Revolutionary Headquarters trial, defendants Bozkurt, Aydın and Erdoğan were removed from the courtroom when they refused to be tried in the same room with former Chief of Police Avcı. None of the defendants was released by the end of the hearing at 10.25 pm.

Police Officer Faces 6 Years in Prison

Police officer Yıldız is facing prison terms of up to six years under allegations of negligent homicide in the trial regarding the death of Nigerian refugee Festus Okey. The request of Okey’s brother for joint plaintiff status was rejected by court.

Anti-Terrorism Law Obstructs Freedom of Expression

Problematic areas of freedom of expression and detained journalists were the main topics discussed at the Freedom Express attended by journalists Nadire Mater, Wilco van Harpen and Faruk Mercan. The event was hosted by television journalist Banu Güven.

Journalist Şık’s “Unpublished” Book Launched on Book Fair

The book “The Imam’s Army” by detained journalist Ahmet Şık was now printed under the title “000Book”. 125 writers claim responsibility for the book that was introduced to the public in a press conference at the PEN booth at the TÜYAP Book Fair on 16 November.

Jailed Turkish journalists apply to European Court Of Human Rights

from Hurriyet Dailynews by NTVMSNBC
A complaint by two famous Turkish journalists arrested as part of the Ergenekon case will be reviewed by the European Court of Human Rights, NTVMSNBC has reported.

Unresolved murders, justice and a new Turkey

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by MARKAR ESAYAN
When the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) came to office — before it really started to wield power — we witnessed how the deep and bureaucratic state showed strong resistance to it, wasting the country?s energy and resources.

75% of Judges Are Male

by Jenny White
Women make up:
40% of the bar associations.
24.3 percent of the 7,600 judges in Turkey.
8.3 percent of the more than 4,400 prosecutors.

AFP: Turkey arrests 70 for suspected Kurd rebel links

Academics resign en-masse

by ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News
Fifty-seven academics have resigned en masse from the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) in protest of a statutory decree that annuls the institution?s autonomous member selection process while allegedly bringing it under tighter government control.

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