Turkish government arrests journalists

This video from Turkey says about itself:

Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s dialog with his son Bilal about their corruption

26 February 2014

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “The recordings are a vile attack on the position of Prime Minister.”

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Turkish police arrest journalists

Today, 11:30

The Turkish police have this morning arrested more than twenty journalists. They work for media that are associated with the movement of the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. A former police chief was arrested as well.

Agents of an anti-terror unit raided the largest newspaper in Turkey, Zaman, in Istanbul. They were met by journalists and supporters who held up banners that read: “The free press can not be silenced.” The police did not manage to arrest the editor and some journalists.

… Also, the head of the TV channel Samanyolu and several of its employees were arrested.

The arrests are part of the response by the Erdogan government to the anti-corruption operation of the police and courts on 17 December last year. Then dozens of businessmen, officials and family members from Erdogan‘s entourage were arrested. …

Many police officers, prosecutors and judges who were involved in the anti-corruption operation last year have meanwhile been arrested or transferred.

Dutch journalist arrested in worst possible timing for Erdogan: here.

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  2. Condemnation of arrest of Turkish journalists

    The Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) backed by the International Federation of Journalists and the European Federation of Journalists has condemned the arrest of 23 journalists and media executives at the mass circulation Zaman newspaper and the Samanyolu television broadcasting service. They were arrested on Sunday in raids by police. The raided media facilities are supporters of the US-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen.

    Once an ally of Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan, Gullen’s media outlets are alleging corruption in the Erdogen government.



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  10. Thursday 6th August 2015

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    JOURNALISTS’ unions yesterday urged Turkey to drop charges against 18 of their colleagues accused of spreading “terrorist propaganda.”

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its European wing the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have rallied behind the journalists, who work for the daily newspapers Cumhuriyet, Millet, Sok, Posta, Yurt, Bugun, Ozgur Gundem, Aydinlik and Birgun.

    They were charged after publishing photos showing a militant from the outlawed Marxist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) pointing a gun at a prosecutor who was killed in a failed hostage rescue operation on March 31.

    Prosecutors in the Nato-member state are seeking prison sentences of up to seven-and-a-half years for the 18 journalists.

    One of the 18, Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dundar compared the case with the broadcasting of the footage depicting the execution of journalists by Isis.

    “Seven-and-a-half years of jail for publishing a photo of a hostage taken by the DHKP-C but nothing for broadcasting footage of hostages taken by Isis,” Mr Dundar wrote on his social media account.

    IFJ president Jim Boumelha said: “This latest threat to criminalise journalists as terrorists is unacceptable in any democratic society.

    “We urge the authorities to allow journalists to do their jobs in order to inform the Turkish population.

    “Journalists should be allowed to make their own editorial decision without the fear of censorship or imprisonment,” EFJ president Mogens Blicher Bjerregard added.

    “The government must stop abusing the judicial system and using it to silence journalists and critical voices.”



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