Turkish autocrats at work: “Grand Censorship Attempt Targeting Social Media in Turkey + ‘China-Style’ Coronavirus Tracker + Homophobic campaign against Netflix…

  Grand Censorship Attempt Targeting Social Media in Turkey dokuz8HABERi by Gürkan Özturan / A package bill expected to be dsicussed at the Parliament soon contains serious censorship threats targeting social media and free expression in Turkey. While the governing alliance has been drafting a package bill to address needs of the society in the days of … Read more

#Istanbul under lock-down. A photo gallery by Alaz Kuseyri

Coronavirus Stokes Tensions Between Erdogan and Istanbul’s Mayor The New York Times ISTANBUL — The coronavirus pandemic has rekindled rivalry in Turkey between President Tayyip Erdogan and Istanbul’s opposition mayor, with . Istanbul as the epicenter of Turkey’s COVID-19 outbreak Hurriyet Daily News As of April 1, Istanbul recorded 8.852 cases and 117 deaths from the coronavirus. In an interview on the same day, … Read more

Even during the pandemic, right violations continue unabated…”Turkey Ranks 2nd in Not Executing ECtHR Judgements…

COVID-19 pandemic: urgent steps are needed to protect the rights of prisoners in Europe Council of Europe – Apr 6, 12:22 AM I call on Council of Europe member states to safeguard the rights and health of all persons in prison during the COVID-19 pandemic. Convicted prisoners and persons on remand are among those most vulnerable … Read more

A few readings from academia during the lock down… “The virus diaries and prophecies… “Radical Open Access Collective…

With approximately one-fifth of the world’s population currently in lockdown, the novel coronavirus (COVID–19) pandemic has drastically changed many of our lives. According to official statistics, the virus has now infected over one million individuals across 209 countries and territories, and such draconian measures are likely to have saved countless lives. But, the effects of the … Read more

#Covid-19 updates: “Turkey’s coronavirus death toll reaches 649 with 30,217 cases

Turkey’s coronavirus death toll reaches 649 with 30,217 cases Duvar English Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 75 to total 649 and new confirmed cases rose by 3,148 to bring the country’s total to 30,217, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on April 6. Zeitgeist Turkey | Episode 3: Donations for coronavirus revives polarization in Turkish … Read more

#Anthropology roundup: “Why Social Distancing Feels So Strange… “Coronavirus Rituals…

Why Social Distancing Feels So Strange – SAPIENS SAPIENS Why Social Distancing Feels So Strange Explaining the Emergence of Coronavirus Rituals SAPIENS by Dimitris Xygalatas People in Rome, Italy, go out on their balconies at a specific time to give one another a round of applause during the coronavirus lockdown. Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo This article was originally published … Read more

#Coronavirus days: “Virus spreading via different routes in Turkey…Zoom’s surprising links to China…”Which World Leaders Are Handling the Coronavirus Best—and Worst…

Which World Leaders Are Handling the Coronavirus Best—and Worst Slate Articles by Joshua Keating It’s a global pandemic, so we’ve got your global ranking. Zoom’s Encryption Is “Not Suited for Secrets” and Has Surprising Links to China, Researchers Discover The Intercept by Micah Lee Meetings on Zoom, the increasingly popular video conferencing service, are encrypted using an algorithm … Read more

Corona Days: “‘Zoombies’ Take Over Online Classrooms

‘Zoombies’ Take Over Online Classrooms Digital disruptors sharing racist, sexist and pornographic content in Zoom videoconferences show no sign of slowing down as “Zoombombing” trend grows China Flexes Its Soft Power With ‘Covid Diplomacy’ Wired Top Stories by Will Knight Initially criticized for covering up and failing to control the virus, China is rebranding its response … Read more

#Covid-19 updates: Turkey began to lose her precious health personnel…

Internist Prof. Dr. Cemil Taşçıoğlu Loses His Life Due to Covid-19 Bianet :: English Quarantined on March 16 and having tested positive for Covid-19 on March 17, Internist Prof. Dr. Cemil Taşçıoğlu from İstanbul Çapa Faculty of Medicine has lost his life. Turkey announces first case of a doctor dying from coronavirus Duvar English Cemil Taşçıoğlu, … Read more

Today is the #FactCheckingDay

Have a look the factcheckingday.com  You will also see there: A new promotional video for the International Fact-Checking Day emphasizes the work of the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance. Please feel free to share it from your social media accounts using the #FactCheckingDay hashtag New articles Six Tips To Make Science And Health Fact-checks Sexier (And Trustworthy) 7 Ways To … Read more

The campaign: Journalists Should be Released Before Virus Enters Prison [in Turkey]

Have You Heard Initiative: Journalists Should be Released Before Virus Enters Prison Bianet :: English “Journalists, students and politicians who are treated as ‘terrorists’ because of their news, statements and views should be included in the new regulation on criminal execution,” the initiative has said. Women in Politics 2020 Map: Turkey Ranks 122nd Bianet :: English According … Read more