Turkish regime’s crackdown on journalism continues

This satiric music video says about itself:

German TV mocks Turkish dictator: Erdowie, Erdowo, Erdogan – English subtitles

29 March 2016

He’s living in grand style
Big boss from Bosporus
A showy palace with a thousand rooms, built without permit in a nature preserve
Press freedom gives him a swollen neck
That’s why he needs all those scarves
When a journalist writes a piece
That Erdogan doesn’t like
He quickly ends up in jail
Newspaper offices closed down
He doesn’t think twice
With tear gas and water cannons he is riding through the night
Be nice to him
Since he’s holding all the cards
Erdo-how, Erdo-where, Erdogan
The time is ripe
For his Great Ottoman Empire
Erdo-how, Erdo-where, Erdogan
Equal rights for women
Beaten up equally

Istanbul police has dispersed an International Women’s Day demonstration by force
If the election results are off
He’ll shake them into place
He loathes the Kurds
And much rather bombs them
Than his brothers in faith over at ISIS
Hand him your money
He’ll build you a refugee tent
Erdo-how, Erdo-where, Erdogan
His country is ripe
For EU membership
He doesn’t care for democracy
Erdogan says goodbye
And rides off into the sunset

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Turkey: Government continues its crackdown on journalists
Monday 25th April 2016

ONE journalist has been arrested and another denied entry to Turkey in the latest crackdown on free speech by the government.

Turkish-Dutch columnist Ebru Umar was arrested on Saturday after tweeting about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, her paper said yesterday. The Metro journalist tweeted that police were at her door and that she was being taken to a police station in the resort of Kusadasi.

German newspaper Bild said yesterday that Greek photographer Giorgos Moutafis was denied entry at Istanbul airport on his way to a job in Libya on Saturday.

The snapper said he was told that his name was on a list of people barred from entering the country. He was not told why. He was forced to take the next flight back to Athens yesterday morning.

The incident came days after a journalist with a German public broadcaster was prevented from entering Turkey.

Dutch NOS TV reports today there has been a burglary at Ms Umar’s home in Amsterdam. Her computer is said to have been stolen, and her whole home ransacked. Erdogan‘s secret police are suspected of this crime.

9 thoughts on “Turkish regime’s crackdown on journalism continues

  1. DİHA reporter Meltem Oktay was arrested on charges of “membership to a terrorist organisation” after she was detained in Nusaybin and sent to the court earlier this week. Another reporter for DIHA, Uğur Akgül was released under judicial control.

    DIHA reporters Meltem Oktay and Uğur Akgül were detained in a police raid on the house they stayed at in Çatalözü neighborhood in Mardin’s Nusaybin district on April 12. After their processing in the police headquarters, both reporters were transferred to the Nusaybin Public Hospital which has been turned into a court house recently and they were put before the court on duty. After the initial hearing, Oktay was arrested on charges of “membership to a terrorist organisation” and Akgül was asked to give a statement on charges of “terrorist propaganda” and released under judicial control.

    Source: MARDİN – ANF 15-04-2016


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