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Academic Ersanlı and Writer Zarakolu – 100 Days in Jail

from Bianet :: English
“We want Justice and Freedom on the 100th day of arrest” demanded the Eğitim-Sen Istanbul Universities Branch on 8 February. The protestors marked the 100th day in detention for academic Ersanlı and writer Zarakolu with a demonstration in front of the Beşiktaş Courthouse.

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmakers and Parliament Chairman Cemil Cicek (rear C) argue during a debate at the parliament in Ankara February 8, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer


Auster thanks Kılıçdaroğlu for support

from Hurriyet Daily News
Paul Auster thanked main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu for supporting him in the public eye in a letter sent by the author to Kılıçdaroğlu.


Uludere investigation ?unreliable?: Amnesty International

from Hurriyet Daily News
Amnesty International described the investigation on the Uludere raid that left 34.

Committee demands Uludere UAV footage

from Hurriyet Daily News
The head of a parliamentary commission charged with investigating the Uludere incident said they wanted to examine the footage taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the botched air strike that resulted in the deaths of 34 civilians in December 2011.


Opinion | Opposition being silenced in Turkey

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M
The Justice and Development Party?s (AKP) oppression over the people of Turkey will not endure, main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said in a recent opinion piece he penned for the Washington Post.Mavi Boncuk | READ Full Text Here

CHP head accused of int?l smear campaign

from Hurriyet Daily News
Prime Minister Erdoğan reiterates that ?not journalists and writers but people who plotted a military coup and engaged in terrorist activities? are in jail, adding that he will counter a ?smear campaign? against his party


Jailed publisher Zarakolu up for Nobel peace prize

from Hurriyet Daily News
Swedish MPs have applied to the Nobel Peace Committee to nominate jailed…


2011: Year of Publication Bans

from Bianet :: English
The annual report on the Marmara Region released by the Human Rights Association revealed, “Torture spilled over from detention centres to the street”. Also in 2011 in the region, 81 publications were seized and banned, 71 more than in the previous year.


Intolerance record of the week in Turkey

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ
Last week was so terrible in terms of witnessing intolerant attitudes from the government and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. So many alarming and concerning developments happened one after another.


What?s the problem with the media in Turkey

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ŞAHİN ALPAY
The public debate in Turkey has in recent days been increasingly focusing on the condition of the media. Concerns that the media is unable to fulfill its democratic functions properly are on the rise. A growing number of journalists are in prison. An increasing number of journalists have lost their jobs because of their political views. Self-censorship is spreading among opinion writers who oppose the government. And a respected international journalists? association claims that Turkey has dropped from 138th to 148th place in the world in terms of freedom of the press.


Pity the ?democrats? of Turkey

from Hurriyet Daily News
I always thought that supporting the demands for freedom from Turkey?s Islamists and standing up against the rigid regime of secularism .

Zarakolu Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

from Bianet :: English
Swedish parliamentarians nominated arrested journalist, publisher, writer and human rights advocator Ragıp Zarakolu for the Nobel Peace Prize.


Detained Prof. Büşra Ersanlı Becomes KA.DER Board Member

from Bianet :: English
Detained Prof. Büşra Ersanlı was elected member of the Advisory Board of the Association for Support and Education for Women Candidates. KA.DER President Aydın expressed her hopes that Ersanlı was going to be able to join their work soon.

Grup Yorum Band Facing ongoing Persecution

from Bianet :: English
“Freedom to Grup Yorum – Release Seçkin Aydoğan” was written on the banner of the Grup Yorum band. They started a series of weekly mini concerts on the Galatasary square in Istanbul to call for the release of group member Aydoğan.

Death of 815 Children could have been Prevented

from Bianet :: English
According to a report of the Children Rights Centre, the reasons for the death of at least 815 children in Turkey in 2011 could have been prevented. Most violations of the right to life of children remained unpunished.


TİB denies neglect claims in Dink case

from Hurriyet Daily News
The head of the Turkey?s Telecommunications Directorate (TİB) Fethi Şimşek said the organization handed in the necessary phone records …

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