Press freedom attacked in Turkey, Azerbaijan


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Turkey is sending its journalists to prison

29 July 2016

Erdogan orders to seize properties of 131 media outlets, including 45 newspapers and 16 TV channels, and transfer them to the Treasury.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Journalists hauled before court as crackdown goes on

Saturday 30th July 2016

TWENTY-ONE journalists were hauled before an Istanbul court yesterday to answer vague accusations of “involvement” in the attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Detention orders for 42 journalists were issued on Monday and police are still searching for half of them.

Press freedom in Turkey has long been under threat — Can Dundar, the editor of the Cumhuriyet newspaper, was jailed for five years in May after his paper published evidence that Turkey was smuggling weaponry to Islamist terror groups in Syria.

But the failed July 15 coup has prompted a massive clampdown. A three-month state of emergency has been declared and media victims include 131 newspapers that have been ordered to close.

TV channels and radio stations have also been shut down. Yesterday the censorship blanket was extended to Turkey’s ally Azerbaijan as the Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the National Council on Television and Radio to strip TV station ANS of its broadcasting licence since its reporting of the coup “ran counter to a strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Turkey.”

Around 1,700 Turkish soldiers have been dishonourably discharged since the coup, while 40 per cent of generals and admirals have been dismissed. On Thursday night, 99 colonels were promoted to general as part of a mammoth reorganisation to ensure the army’s loyalty to Mr Erdogan.

Turkish regime arresting many journalists


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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.

Murdoch’s Fox News boss Ailes resigns in sexual harassment scandal


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Roger Ailes Resigns as Fox News Chairman

21 July 2016

Roger Ailes Resigns as Fox News Chairman | His resignation is effective immediately.

By Michael Calderone, Senior Media Reporter, The Huffington Post in the USA:

Roger Ailes Stepping Down As Fox News CEO

He’s being sued for sexual harassment.

07/21/2016 04:36 pm 16:36:57

Embattled Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes resigned Thursday following a sexual harassment scandal that consumed the network during this week’s Republican National Convention, parent company 21st Century Fox announced.

It’s a stunning fall for Ailes, a longtime political operative and media visionary who built Fox News with Rupert Murdoch in 1996 and led the cable channel to ratings dominance.

Murdoch will now assume the role of chairman and acting CEO of Fox News and Fox Business, which Ailes also ran.

Murdoch didn’t mention the ongoing scandal, spurred by a sexual harassment lawsuit filed two weeks ago by former “Fox & Friends” co-host Gretchen Carlson, an event that’s prompted numerous other women to come forward both publicly and as part of an internal review.

Fox News star Megyn Kelly has reportedly accused Ailes of sexual harassment as part of her testimony to law firm Paul, Weiss, which is conducting the internal review. …

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

How Fox News Fired and Silenced a Female Reporter Who Alleged Sexual Harassment: here.

At Fox News, Kisses, Innuendo, Propositions and Fears of Reprisal: here.

That Feeling When You Get $40 Million For Sexually Harassing A Woman. Roger Ailes is being paid quite handsomely to leave Fox News: here.

United States Fox News boss Ailes resigns in sexual harassment scandal


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Megyn Kelly Breaks Silence About Roger Ailes

19 July 2016

21st Century Fox is declining to comment on an explosive new report from New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman that says Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly told lawyers she was also harassed by Fox News CEO and chairman Roger Ailes. “According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York–based law firm Paul, Weiss, Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox.

From Variety in the USA today:

Roger Ailes Out at Fox News Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Brian Steinberg, Senior TV Editor

Roger Ailes, who transformed Fox News Channel from a start-up into one of the nation’s most influential news organizations in under two decades, is leaving the 21st Century Fox-owned cable outlet in the wake of a bevy of sexual harassment allegations leveled at him, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Spokespeople for both the network and the parent company were not available for immediate comment. An official announcement was said to be imminent, this person said.

Ailes departs under a cloud. Gretchen Carlson, the former “Fox & Friends” anchor who left the network in June, filed a lawsuit in New Jersey earlier this month alleging Ailes had harassed her and derailed her career. Ailes had in a previous statement denied the charges. More women came forward alleging similar treatment by Ailes during his time as a producer in the decades before he set up shop at Fox News.

The final blow seemed to come on Tuesday: a report in New York magazine alleging that Megyn Kelly, one of the network’s primetime stars, had been the victim of unwanted sexual advances in her earlier days at the network. Those claims have not been independently verified, but the report seems to have played a role in determining the viability of Ailes’ tenure.

A posting on Drudge Report suggested Ailes could receive as much as $40 million as part of a settlement. Ailes was believed to be working under a contract with a term that expired in 2018.

More to come.

See also here.

Muslim woman reacts to Nice atrocity


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American Muslim Reacts To Attack In France

15 July 2016

Thom talks to caller Rachel, who is an American Muslim, about the recent attack in France and why terrorists are criminals who do not represent her religion.

What Rachel says may help to counter Islamophobic propaganda in the corporate media, now after the Nice crime, and already earlier.

However, neither Rachel nor others of the non-violent majority of Muslims have any absolute moral duty to publicly dissociate themselves from the Nice bloodbath; or from ISIS (not connected to the Nice bloodbath according to French police). Like in the case of non-Muslims, the media should presume that they reject this kind of atrocity, unless someone explicitly contradicts that.

When neo-fascist Anders Behring Breivik called himself a ‘conservative Christian’ on the Internet, and then proceeded with his bloodbaths in Oslo and on Utøya island in Norway, I did not hear anyone demand that all ‘conservative Christians’, or all Christians for that matter, should immediately in the sharpest possible way condemn Breivik; or else would be suspect of being accomplices, subject to jailing or deportation.

When Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jew Yishai Schlissel murdered 16-year-old Israeli girl Shira Banki and wounded five others for demonstrating against discrimination of LGBTQ people in Jerusalem, I did not hear anyone demand that all ‘ultra-Orthodox’ Jews, or all Jews for that matter, should immediately in the sharpest possible way condemn Mr Schlissel; or else would be suspect of being accomplices, subject to jailing or deportation (maybe some-anti-Semites demanded that). Many people, including me, would regard such a reaction to Schlissel’s crime as anti-Semitism.

While the crime in Nice is similar in its bloodiness to these two crimes, it is really different ideologically.

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the local truck driver who extremely probably was the perpetrator of the bloodbath in Nice, and was shot dead by police, used to drink alcohol.

Translation of what Mr Bouhlel’s next door neighbour said to France 3 TV station:

he is convinced that the attack has nothing to do with Islam. “He has nothing to do with religion, he does not pray, he does not observe Ramadan. He is a depressed man who is in divorce. He lives alone and has financial problems.”

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, Driver In Nice Attack, Wasn’t ‘Stable Psychologically,’ Family Says. The 31-year-old reportedly had no known ties to terror groups: here.

It seems that Mr Bouhlel is rather similar in some ways to the German pilot Andreas Lubitz who committed suicide by flying his plane against a French mountain, killing the passengers and crew. The link of Andreas Lubitz to Christianity, Lutheran Christianity in his case, seems to be a bit stronger than any link between Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel and Islam. As far as I know, not anyone has blamed Mr Lubitz’ suicide cum mass murder on Lutheranism; correctly so. The media should discuss the Nice bloodbath similarly.

On Twitter from Britain today:

Just had to remove graffiti at work that said “KILL ALL MUSLIMS AND CORBYN“.

Letter from Nice: The West is learning all the wrong lessons from the latest atrocity. What we witnessed in Nice was harrowing, and the response only adds to the tragedy: here.

Inside the ghettos, Muslims are fed up with being blamed for the violence of others because of a shared religion. Disaffected young Muslims in Nice insist they share nothing in common with Lahouaiej Bouhlel but they rail against the humiliations they regularly endure because of their religion: here.

Dutch Rob Wijnberg on Nice and other attacks: here.

Munich shooting: Gunman Ali David Sonboly was ‘obsessed’ with mass killings, say police. Authorities believe 18-year-old German-Iranian wanted to mark anniversary of Norway massacre carried out by Anders Breivik: here.

LOCAL authorities in the French city of Nice protested yesterday against an attempted cover-up of government incompetence over last week’s lorry attack. The city received a letter from the SDAT anti-terrorism agency on Wednesday, saying CCTV images of the July 14 attack should be destroyed: here.

Murdoch empire bigwig Ailes accused of sexual harassment


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Gretchen Carlson is Ugly According to Sexist Fox News Chief Ailes

14 January 2014

More on Roger Ailes‘ views of women are coming out of the unauthorized “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News and Divided a Country” biography. This is what he thinks of his own female employees.

By Michael Calderone, Senior Media Reporter, The Huffington Post in the USA:

Former Fox News Host Gretchen Carlson Files Sexual Harassment Suit Against Roger Ailes

She also claims co-host Steve Doocy engaged in a pattern of condescending treatment.

07/06/2016 12:23 pm ET

NEW YORK — Former “Fox & Friends” co-host Gretchen Carlson alleged in an explosive lawsuit filed Wednesday that Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes fired her for rebuffing his sexual advances and challenging a sexist newsroom culture.

Carlson, who spent 11 years at the network, described being ostracized and marginalized by Fox News for pushing back against condescending treatment. After seven and a half years as a co-host on “Fox & Friends,” the top-rated cable morning news show, Carlson was reassigned in 2013 to an early afternoon time slot. Fox News terminated her employment on June 23.

In the suit, Carlson claims she tried addressing what she considered to be discriminatory treatment during a September 2015 meeting with Ailes, who allegedly responded that their problems could have been better solved if they had a sexual relationship.

“I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better,” Ailes told Carlson, according to the suit.

In the suit, Carlson accused Ailes, one of the most powerful figures in media and Republican politics, of engaging in persistently sexist behavior. She said he ogled her in his office, asked her to turn around to view her backside, and commented repeatedly on her outfits and her legs.

She also said “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy engaged in a “pattern and practice of severe and pervasive sexual harassment” that included “mocking her during commercial breaks, shunning her off air, refusing to engage with her on air, belittling her contributions to the show.”

Carlson said she complained about Doocy creating a hostile work environment back in September 2009.

Fox News Sources: Gretchen Carlson Wasn’t The First Roger Ailes Victim. “He told me that if he was thinking of hiring a woman, he’d ask himself if he would fuck her, and if he would, then he’d hire her to be on-camera”: here.

Can the Murdochs Contain the Damage From the Ailes Investigation? Here.