Turkish regime arresting many journalists


This video says about itself:

Ankara residents react as Turkey’s state of emergency comes into effect

22 July 2016

The atmosphere on Thursday morning in Ankara, on the day Turkey’s three-month state of emergency came into effect, was more sombre than it was the previous night.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Arrest warrants against 42 Turkish journalists

Today, 09:52

The Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants against 42 journalists, the commercial broadcaster NTV reported. Among those who are to be arrested is a well-known political commentator, former parliamentarian Nazli Ilicak. She has been critical of [President] Erdogan and his campaign against the Gülen movement, which, according to Erdogan, caused the failed coup of July 15th.

The Turkish government in the aftermath has cracked down on more than 60,000 people that are accused of supporting the coup attempt. These are soldiers, police officers, judges, teachers, university lecturers, civil servants and journalists.

The coup attempt was rather ham-fisted. However, even the most stupid military coup plotter will not ever involve over 60,000 judges, teachers, university lecturers, civil servants and journalists in his plans.

They were arrested, fired, dismissed from active service or a judicial investigation has been initiated against them.
Death penalty

Erdogan said that the reintroduction of the death penalty is conceivable. That caused much international criticism of Turkey.

Turkey Coup: Authorities investigate those claiming attempted takeover was a hoax: here.

Turkey ‘fires 1,700 military officers and closes dozens of media groups’ after attempted coup. Generals and admirals include those dismissed from the military and 45 newspapers, 16 television stations and 23 radio stations have been ordered to close: here.

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21 thoughts on “Turkish regime arresting many journalists

  1. Monday, 25 July 2016

    13,165 JAILED – 19 UNIONS SHUT – after ‘Sent from God’ Turkish coup attempt

    A TOTAL of 13,165 people have been detained over the July 15th failed coup attempt, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday.

    A three-month state of emergency has been declared with those arrested allowed to be held without charge or trial for one month. Erdogan said in a speech broadcast in squares around Turkey: ‘Some 8,838 among the detained are soldiers, 2,101 are judges and prosecutors, 1,485 are police officers, 52 are local authorities and 689 are civilians’

    Some 123 among the jailed 5,863 individuals were generals, 282 were high-ranking police officers and 1,559 were judges and prosecutors. He added: ‘The interrogations of the others are ongoing. A total of 934 schools, 109 dormitories, 15 universities, 104 foundations, 35 health institutions, 1,125 associations and 19 unions have been closed down. Their assets were seized by the state.’

    Turkey’s elite presidential guard is to be disbanded after nearly 300 of its members were detained, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told a TV channel on Saturday adding that there was ‘no need’ for the regiment.

    Last Friday, UNI Global Union expressed alarm at the wave of dismissals and suspensions of Turkish workers in the aftermath of the previous weekend’s attempted military coup.

    UNI Global Union general secretary Philip Jennings said: ‘The scale of reprisals in the wake of the military coup have been worrying, and we must fight back against the trend of undemocratic authoritarianism in Turkey…

    ‘It is also of grave concern that the Turkish authorities, in the hours and days immediately following the failed coup, have launched a large-scale programme of dismissals and suspensions of workers.

    ‘Workers have the right to their own political opinions, and the right to peaceful opposition to government policies, without the threat of summary dismissal or suspension. We urge the Turkish government to respect the rights to freedom of expression and association in full.

    ‘Events in the country are still developing, and we would like to stand in solidarity with our Turkish affiliates, NGOs and all those seeking to build a democratic Turkey based on peace, equality and freedom.’

    http://wrp.org.uk/news/12304

  2. Tuesday 26th July 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    TURKISH authorities issued warrants yesterday for the detention of 42 journalists and took 31 academics into custody.

    The state-run Anadolu news agency said that the list of journalists wanted for questioning included prominent writer Nazli Ilicak, who is critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Mr Ilicak has opposed the clampdown on a movement led by Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of directing the July 15 coup bid.

    Mr Gulen has denied any involvement in the failed insurrection that left about 290 people dead and was put down by loyalist forces and pro-government protesters.

    So far, five journalists have been detained for questioning, Anadolu reported.

    Prosecutors said that journalist detentions were meant to help shed light on the coup plot, while the warrants were not related to their “journalistic activities but possible criminal conduct.”

    The list of wanted journalists, according to the pro-government Sabah newspaper, includes news editor Erkan Acar of the Ozgur Dusunce newspaper and news show host Erkan Akkus of the Can Erzincan TV station.

    Both media organisations are offshoots of the Bugun newspaper and Bugun TV, which were taken over by the government in a police raid last October.

    Another wanted journalist is Busra Erdal, a former columnist and legal reporter for the Zaman daily newspaper, which was taken over by the authorities in March for allegedly having links to the Gulen movement.

    The 31 academics, including a number of professors, were detained for questioning in Istanbul and four other provinces, Anadolu reported.

    Security officials also conducted a raid against the military’s War Academy in Istanbul, detaining 40 people.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-96ae-Turkey-42-journalists-face-custody-as-clampdown-heightens#.V5eP-6KZ0dU

  3. Thursday 28th July 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    TURKISH authorities issued arrest warrants yesterday for 47 former senior staff members of Zaman newspaper, which was allegedly linked to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.

    The government accuses Mr Gulen of masterminding the July 15 failed coup.

    Former Zaman columnist Sahin Alpay was held at his home yesterday morning.

    The newspaper, which is supposedly linked to Mr Gulen’s religious movement, was raided by police and seized by the government in March.

    Warrants were issued earlier this week against 42 other journalists, of whom 16 have been detained for questioning.

    Turkey has detained more than 13,000 people in the military, judiciary and other institutions in purges since the uprising.

    Tens of thousands of other state employees suspected of links to the Gulen group have been suspended from their jobs.

    Eight Turkish military personnel who fled to Greece after the failed coup have had their cases for political asylum postponed until August 19.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-809d-Turkey-Staff-at-coup-plotter-newspaper-detained#.V5qAuKKZ0dU

  4. Thursday, 28 July 2016

    TRADES UNIONS CONDEMN TURKISH REPRESSIONS

    BELOW is a declaration issued on Tuesday by the international commission of the central council of Russia’s University Solidarity trade union, on the repression of educational employees in Turkey.

    ‘The international commission firmly condemns the campaign of repression, unleashed by the Turkish authorities after the unsuccessful attempt at a military coup on 15-16 July, and directed against workers in the education system, among others.

    ‘Under the contrived pretext of dealing with accomplices of the coup, the regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan began a large-scale “purge”, with the aim of crushing civil opposition to authoritarianism and the Islamisation of Turkey.

    ‘More than 15,000 employees of state educational institutions and more than 20,000 teachers in private schools have been dismissed, and 1,577 university deans removed. This amounts to a blow struck by the authorities against those social and professional groups who, in their majority, favour Turkey’s progress in a democratic and secular direction.

    ‘We express our support for teachers and university lecturers in Turkey and demand from the Turkish authorities that they immediately end this repressive policy, and respect fully the labour and civil rights of employees in education and in other sectors.

    ‘We call on international intergovernmental organisations, federations of trade unions and structures of global civil society to put the greatest possible pressure on the Erdogan regime, to defend our Turkish colleagues from this unjust persecution.’

    Meanwhile, the ongoing crackdown on the media in Turkey has led to the arrests of more journalists and raids on their homes. The International and the European Federation of journalists (IFJ/EFJ) on Tuesday denounced the deterioration of democratic rule, of which press freedom is one of the pillars.

    On 22 July, Zehra Dogan, painter and editor at women’s news agency JINHA, was arrested by police in Mardin, south-east of Turkey. She was taken to the Nusaybin police office the following day. During the interrogation, she was accused of ‘being a member of the terrorist organisation PKK’. The anti-terror prosecutor Irfan Fidan has also today issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists.

    According to Anatolian News Agency, the journalists targeted are: Abdullah Abdulkadiroglu, Abdullah Kiliç, Ahmet Dönmez, Ali Akkus, Arda Akin, Nazli Ilicak, Bayram Kaya, Bilal fiahin, Bülent Ceyhan, Bülent Mumay, Bünyamin Köseli, Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Cevheri Güven, Cihan Acar, Cuma Ulus, Emre Soncan, Ercan Gün, Erkan Akkus, Ertugrul Erbas, Fatih Akalan, Fatih Yagmur, Habip Güler, Hanim Büsra Erdal, Hasim Söylemez, Hüseyin Aydin, Ibrahim Balta, Kamil Maman, Kerim Gün, Levent Kenez, Mahmut Hazar, Mehmet Gündem, Metin Yikar, Muhammed Fatih Ugur, Mustafa Erkan Acar, Mürsel Genç, Selahattin Sevi, Seyid Kiliç, Turan Görüryilmaz, Ufuk Sanli, Ufuk Emin Köroglu, Yakup Saglam and Yakup Çetin.

    On his Twitter account Bülent Mumay tweeted: ‘The only organisation that I’m a member of is (the) Turkish Journalists Association (TGC). My only profession is journalism.’

    Among those targeted by the warrants was prominent journalist and former parliamentarian Nazli Ilicak who was fired from the pro-government Sabah daily in 2013 for criticising ministers caught up in a corruption scandal, TV media reported.

    IFJ President Philippe Leruth said: ‘Since the failed coup we have had to react even more against the media crackdown in Turkey. The new arrest warrants revealed today are aimed, one more time, to target journalists who are doing their jobs, criminalising the journalistic work.

    ‘The Turkish people that went on the streets on 23 July were showing their attachment to democratic values through their attachment to authorities elected by votes. Press freedom is an essential component of democracy. And clearly, it is even more at stake today.’

    EFJ President Mogens Blicher Bjerregaard said: ‘We call again on the NGOs and the international community to put pressure on the Turkish government to reinstate the rule of law. More and more journalists are facing intimidation, arrest or imprisonment and this purge must stop immediately. We stand in solidarity with our Turkish colleagues.’

    In a sign of unrelenting targeting of media, the Turkish authorities have banned publication of the special edition of the satirical magazine LeMan after a court issued an order on 20 July stopping the printing and distribution of the issue.

    The following day, 300 staff at the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation were suspended from their jobs as part of the investigation into the Fetullah organisation (FETO) – named as a terrorist organisation by the government – reports said.

    In the meanwhile, 60 reporters, including editors, reporters and technical staff were fired from the Cihan news agency by the Court-appointed trustees. Turkey has declared a three-month state of emergency and detained more than 13,000 people in the military, judiciary and other institutions following the failed coup aimed at toppling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 16 July.

    Under the state of emergency, Turkish authorities can hold suspects in detention without charge for up to 30 days before they are taken to a judge to decide whether to remain in jail.

    A number of leading Turkish companies have fired hundreds of personnel amid ongoing investigations following the failed July 15 military coup attempt, several media outlets have reported.

    Turkey’s national flag carrier Turkish Airlines has fired 211 employees, including a vice general manager and a number of cabin crew members. The dismissals at the company occurred late on July 24, upon accusations that some employees had links to the movement of US-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, which the ruling Justice and Government Party (AKP) claims was behind the coup plot.

    Others were fired due to ‘inefficiency problems,’ government sources told news agencies. Turkish Airlines also announced to the Public Disclosure Platform that Murat Seker had replaced Coskun as the new deputy CEO, responsible for financial matters.

    Meanwhile, the head of AnadoluJet, Ibrahim Doban, has also been fired along with three presidents, two vice presidents, 15 pilots, and cabin crew personnel, Doban News Agency reported.

    Aviation news site Airporthaber.com first reported the firings early on July 25. Separately, landline operator Türk Telekom sacked 198 people on July 22 in ‘cooperation with the security forces’, saying that a number of managers had been summoned by prosecutors to testify in connection with the ongoing investigation.

    Meanwhile, the two owners of a leading cooling systems company, Ubur Cooling Systems, were detained in the Aegean district of Nazilli early on July 25.

    • Amnesty International has reported credible evidence of the rape and abuse of detained soldiers as part of the Turkish government crackdown. Amnesty International has claimed torture is being used to cleanse the regime of enemies. Amnesty’s Europe director John Dalhuisen said: ‘Reports of abuse including beatings and rape in detention are extremely alarming, especially given the scale of detentions that we have seen in the past week.

    ‘The grim details that we have documented are just a snapshot of the abuses that might be happening in places of detention. It is absolutely imperative that the Turkish authorities halt these abhorrent practices and allow international monitors to visit all these detainees in the places they are being held.’

    Amnesty said a lawyer who visited a detention centre told its researchers: ‘Police held detainees in stress positions, denied them food, water and medical treatment, verbally abused and threatened them and subjected them to beatings and torture, including rape and sexual assault.

    ‘Two lawyers in Ankara working on behalf of detainees told Amnesty International that detainees said they witnessed senior military officers in detention being raped with a truncheon or finger by police officers.’

    http://wrp.org.uk/news/12314

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