Turkish regime threatens torture of British journalist


This video says about itself:

25 October 2016

After the botched coup attempt in Turkey, human rights groups quickly reported the ill-treatment of prisoners. The ruling AK party, however, blocked an independent investigation. DW portrays people whose accounts support those allegations of torture.

By James Tweedie in Britain:

Star reporter held by armed Turkish police

Thursday 11th May 2017

Sweeney cornered over anti-Erdogan articles

MORNING STAR reporter Steve Sweeney was detained for eight hours in Turkey on Tuesday after travelling there to interview victims of the army crackdown on majority-Kurdish cities.

Mr Sweeney and his companion were stopped at a police road checkpoint near the south-eastern city of Cizre on Tuesday.

He told the Star that when police realised they were journalists, they called in the army and anti-terrorist officers.

They were grilled by the roadside for five hours, surrounded by 16 heavily armed men and armoured vehicles.

Officers emptied their bags and photographed their notepads and books on Syria’s Kurdish north.

“They treated us like we were criminals or terrorists,” Mr Sweeney said.

Pointing to the headline on a Morning Star website article by Mr Sweeney — calling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a “tyrant” — their interrogator said: “If you wrote something like that in Turkey you’d be arrested and tortured.”

The officer focused on Cambridge-born Mr Sweeney’s surname, asking him if he was from the north or south of Ireland and suggested he was a supporter of the IRA and the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

And he demanded to know why the reporter had changed his Twitter account to the “protected” setting half an hour earlier, saying he “was too late anyway.”

Ominously, the troops invited the pair for a “picnic” in the mountains across the border from PKK positions in Iraq.

The detainees were released after Mr Sweeney’s colleague contacted the British embassy in Turkey.

They were told it was “not safe” in the area and sent to Cizre to stay the night.

But the only open hotel in the devastated town was full so they drove on to nearby Silopi — where they were held for an other three hours at the police station and told to leave town early in the morning.

Journalists’ union NUJ president Tim Dawson welcomed the release of Mr Sweeney and his colleague. He said: “Sadly, Steve’s experience mirrors that of many in the media who are under attack daily by this regime which has jailed 150 journalists and closed down more than 150 media organisations since last year’s failed coup.

Mr Dawson said he was in Istanbul last week “and heard directly from members of the Turkish journalists’ union, Turkiye Gazeteciler Sendikasi, about the attacks on journalists and a free press, as well as meetings [with] journalists who had served long prison sentences for trying to report fairly.”

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  2. 68 female prisoners in Bayburt Type M Prison suffer torture
    Nudem Duran, held in Bayburt Type M Closed Prison, told her family in a visit that herself and other female prisoners are subjected to violence and torture.

    Duran said that due to arbitrary practices, the ward where 68 women are held is constantly subjected to systematic violence.

    Every day new instances of torture against political prisoners comes to light. After Tarsus Type T Closed Women’s Prison infamous for torture, prisoners have now told their families that they are subjected to torture in Bayburt Type M Prison. Nudem Duran (26) who was arrested on charges of terrorist propaganda for the songs she sang and is currently held in Bayburt Type M Prison told her family in a visit that the prisoners are being tortured.

    TORTURE IN THE WARD OF 68 WOMEN

    Nudem Duran’s mother Hatice Duran stated that they can’t always visit their daughter because of the distance, but they went for the Eid and witnessed that their daughter had been tortured. Hatice Duran said: “My daughter is in the Bayburt Prison. I can’t visit so often because it’s so far away. For the first time in several months, I visited her for the Eid. During the visit, my daughter told me they were subjected to violence there. Due to arbitrary practices, the ward where 68 women stay is constantly subjected to violence.”

    Duran said that on top of the torture, the wards are searched daily and at every hour and added: “My daughter said the administration wants to implement September 12 practices in the prison. We could feel the pressure even during the visit with my daughter. We as the prisoners’ relatives won’t stay silent in the face of this practice. The government imprisoned our children and made life hell for us. We will never accept them torturing our children behind those walls.”

    “PRISONERS ARE OUR RED LINE”

    Hatice Duran called on the human rights associations and conscious public against the pressure in prisons and said: “My daughter has been in prison for the last three years. She will be there for 18 more. Under such circumstances, it’s not possible to stay 2 more months, let alone 18 years. It’s not just my daughter who is tortured, it’s all the female prisoners. That is why I’m calling on everybody to support prisoners. Prisoners are the Kurdish people’s and the mothers’ red line. If they cross that line, we will launch all kinds of resistance.”

    Source: ANF NEWS DESK 07-09-2017

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