Turkey orders to release Deniz Yücel and sentences some other journalists to life in jail…

via Veysel Ok (@shemmoshemmo)

After such allegations and a year without indictment, Mr. Yücel is released. I have used “order” and “sentence” referring to NYT piece below. Of course, Turkish judiciary is independent and there cannot be an order from above…

German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel, who was detained in Turkey a year ago, has been released from jail, German newspaper Die Welt reported on Feb. 16 citing his lawyer.

Turkey sentences journalists to life in jail over coup attempt

Sentencing over alleged role in failed putsch condemned as showing disregard for rule of law

A Turkish court has sentenced six defendants, including three prominent journalists, to life in prison over allegations of involvement in a 2016 coup attempt, drawing fierce condemnation from the UN and press freedom advocates.

Turkey Orders Release of Deniz Yucel, a Journalist

The yearlong detention of Mr. Yucel, who was accused of spreading terrorism-related propaganda, was a source of tension between the governments in Berlin and Ankara.
An Istanbul court on Feb. 16 handed down aggravated life sentences to six defendants, including prominent journalists Nazlı Ilıcak, Ahmet Altan and Mehmet Altan, over “violating the Turkish constitution” in a case against the alleged “media wing” of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).

Demonstrators on World Press Freedom Day in Turkey, 2013. Image by Amnesty International Turkey.

After spending just over a year behind bars without charge, Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yucel was released from a Turkish jail on February 16. Just hours later, six other journalists in the country were issued a life sentence for “or attempting to overthrow the constitutional order”.

The six were accused of links to preacher Fethullah Gulen, blamed for the 2016 coup plot.

Aruş Taş, a silversmith in Istanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar, has witnessed decades of economic and social upheaval. But the crackdown wrought by a failed military coup in 2016 has been among the most wrenching, he says. Friends and

Hürriyet Daily News – Feb 14

The Turkish Labor and Social Security Ministry on Feb. 13 has announced that 27 workers have been killed in the construction of Istanbul’s third airport, disputing recent media reports that 400 workers died in the works. “Some 27 workers

Professional journalist associations have expressed outrage at pro-government Akit TV Presenter Yusuf Ozan after he targeted and threatened Cumhuriyet newspaper by saying: “It is permissible to kill the likes of you.”
CHP İstanbul MP Berberoğlu has been sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in prison on charge of “making state’s confidential information public” in the trial about the news report on MİT Trucks.
Around 5 million people across Turkey bet illegally and the underground industry is worth around 50 billion liras, daily Habertürk reported on Feb. 15.

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