Istanbul court finds human rights activists guilty of seeking to wreak ‘chaos in society’
(Istanbul) – The conviction of four human rights defenders on July 3, 2020, without evidence of any criminal wrongdoing, is politically motivated and an effort to stifle the legitimate work of Turkey’s human rights movement, Human Rights
A group of bar association heads and several lawyers gathered at Ankara courthouse on July 3 to file a criminal complaint against the government officials for seeking to decentralize bars through a new legislation.
Turkey’s Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) will be shutting down independent news broadcasters Halk TV and TELE 1 for five days each, bringing both to the brink of a license cancellation.
“These stations will be blacked out for five days that RTÜK will schedule. This will be the first time that a nationwide broadcast for general audiences will be blacked out by the RTÜK,” said İlhan Taşçı, a RTÜK member from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).
YouTube on June 26 censored the live broadcasting of Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week’s annual Genetically Modified Tomatoes Awards, citing a violation of its “Terms of Service.”