Turkish justice: “Police who shot dead Gezi protester fined $2,800”

A court in Istanbul has fined a police officer who shot dead a protester during the 2013 Gezi Park protests.
Some 60,000 individual applications have been made to Turkey’s Constitutional Court since the July 15 coup attempt, the court’s president, Zühtü Arslan, said Dec. 19.
The Interior Ministry stated on Dec. 19 that a total of seven outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants had been “neutralized” and another 924 suspects had been detained in operations across Turkey over the past week, after the country was rocked by two deadly terror attacks.
Christmas celebrations at the Istanbul High School, a German-language high school established over 100 years ago, have allegedly been cancelled, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (Dpa) reported on Dec. 18
Doğan Group Ankara Administrative Representative Barbaros Muratoglu was arrested late on Dec. 15 following his interrogation at the Istanbul 9th Criminal Court Peace over charges of “aiding the armed Fethullahist Terror Organization [FETÖ],” after being held in custody for 14 days.

President Erdoğan calls for ‘national mobilization’ against terrorist organizations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called for a “national mobilization against all terrorist organizations” on Dec. 14 during a speech to neighborhood heads at the Presidential Palace in Ankara
hrw.org – Dec 14, 9:01 PM

(Istanbul) – Turkey’s government has all but silenced independent media in an effort to prevent scrutiny or criticism of its ruthless crackdown on perceived enemies, Human Rights Watch said today. The assault on critical journalism sharpened

The corrosive effect of jailing novelists and journalists in Turkey


In an essay about the silencing of writers, Elif Şafak explores the challenges facing those who have not been imprisoned by the Turkish government

The number of journalists detained worldwide rose in 2016, an increase closely related to developments in Turkey, where more than 100 journalists and media contributors are in jail, RSF stated

Record number of journalists in jail globally after Turkey crackdown


Committee to Protect Journalists says 259 journalists jailed globally as of 1 December, the highest annual figure since it started keeping records in 1990

Journalist Hüsnü Mahalli was detained on Dec. 13 for allegedly insulting state officials on Twitter, as a part of an investigation carried out by the Istanbul chief public prosecutor’s office, Doğan News Agency has reported
The Guardian – Ece Temelkuran – Dec 14, 11:00 PM

We in Turkey found, as you in Europe and the US are now finding, that the new truth-building process does not require facts. But we learned it too late


A recent column by ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ankara lawmaker Aydın Ünal in which he included the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) on a list of terrorist organizations has provoked criticism in his own party while causing outrage among CHP members
An elementary school teacher working in Istanbul’s Başakşehir district posed with his students holding nooses and shared the picture on his social media account saying they “want justice,” shortly after the Dec. 10 terror attack in Beşiktaş
A suspect in Turkey faces four years in jail on charges of threatening people by spreading panic after tweeting that his flight schedule was “a perfect time to carry out a bomb attack” on Dec. 13, Doğan News Agency has reported

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