EFD Rights Watch: Turkey rated ‘not free’ [Again] in internet freedom in new Freedom House report…


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Internet freedom in Turkey has been rated “not free” in the latest annual report by the Washington-based watchdog Freedom House, a downgrade from its “party free” status last year
This year, PEN International on the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, has drawn attention to five writers in prison around the World including Aslı Erdoğan from Turkey to whom Margaret Atwood has written a letter of solidarity.

Turkey / Freedom of expression: UN human rights expert to assess current situation GENEVA / ANKARA (14 November 2016) – United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye is carrying out his first official visit to Turkey this week to assess the

LGBTI activist Levent Piþkin, one of the lawyers of HDP Co-chair Selahattin Demirtaþ detained. HDP Ýstanbul Provincial Executor and LGBTI activist Levent Piþkin who visited arrested HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaþ in

The opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) held its weekly parliamentary group meeting on Nov. 15 with only its spokesperson, Ayhan Bilgen, in protest against the ban on guests due to their slogans.
Commenting on attorney and LGBTI activist Levent Pişkin being taken into custody, İstanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week Committee has described the incident as an “ illegal practice of investigation and detention [which] is a deliberate violation of the right to defense and to fair trial” and noted that they would be following the trial.
Imprisoned linguist Necmiye Alpay has written letters to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, asking them to comply with their previous promises regarding democracy.

Meanwhile in Turkey, Erdogan is now locking up journalists
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As one interesting side note, the President of Turkey seems to know which side his bread is buttered on when it comes to the American elections. One Wikileaks missive showed that Erdogan’s proxies have been trying to make donations to the Democrats and .

RSF Places Erdoğan on List of Predator of Press Freedom

Erdoğan has taken place in RSF’s list of “Predator of Press Freedom”. Turkey was lastly on the list in 2002 with former Chief of General Staff Hüseyin Kıvrıkoğlu.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is trying to impose a dictatorial regime on Turkey through a shift to a presidential system that would grant more powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said
I first met the journalist Kadri Gürsel more than 20 years ago.
About hydroelectric power plants, President Erdoğan has said “they revolutionized”, they confronted difficulties in this matter and continued, “Greenpeace activists have always been trouble in our Black Sea”.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused Europe yesterday (6 November) of abetting terrorism by supporting Kurdish militants and said he did not care if the continent called him a dictator.
The operation against daily Cumhuriyet beggars belief. A paper that was hounded not so long ago by prosecutors who are accused today of acting at the behest of Fethullah Gülen – the Islamic cleric said to have masterminded the July 15 coup attempt – is now being accused of supporting Gülen.
Reacting against trustee appointment to Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality, Democratic Regions Party Co-Chair Tuncel and Yüksek have held a press meeting.

Who are the PKK?

BBC News profiles the Kurdish rebel group that has been waging an armed struggle against Turkey since 1984.

Turkish journalists face abuse and threats online as trolls step up attacks

Two thousand cases of online harassment, smear campaigns and hacking by pro-government ‘lynch mobs’ logged in 2016

Are western journalists in Turkey self-censoring?
American Enterprise Institute
At the end of RedHack’s deadline, the group began leaking documents obtained from Minister Albayrak’s personal email accounts, which he reportedly used for government business… The leak is composed of 57,623 emails, dating from April 2000 to today.

The Istanbul Bar Association has trained 4,000 lawyers to specialize in cases related to violence against women to help provide support for women who are victims of violence.

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