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140 JOURNOS AND CITIZEN JOURNALISM

140 Journos Citizen Journalism

TURKEY – 140 Journos is a good example of why internet and social media freedoms are important if you want to get uncensored news. According to 2012 Prison Census by the Committee to Protect Journalists, Turkey is the leading country with 49 journalists imprisoned and China is in third place with 32. At the moment newspapers, TV channels and radio stations are also heavily controlled in Turkey. With conventional media debilitated, social media became indispensable. I read this article about 140 Journos on Columbia Journalism Review by Deirdre Dlugoleski and wanted to share with you.

In a 2011 court case in Diyarbakır, Turkey, a student is on trial for membership in a terrorist organization. The case is legally open to the public, but no journalists are present in the small, cramped courtroom. After several hours, one of the police officers perusing his Twitter account outside discovers that someone is tweeting updates from the trial. He marches in during a break and angrily forbids the unknown user from covering proceedings. When the Tweets continue, the officer informs the judge, who also insists the tweets stop. CONTINUE READING

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TRAYVON MARTIN vs ZIMMERMAN CASE IS A FAILURE OF LAW AND JUSTICE

Trayvon Martin Zimmerman

AMERICA – In Trayvon Martin vs Zimmerman case, defendant’s lawyers managed establish ‘doubt’ about the details of the confrontation. Their defense was built on getting the jury to focus on the fight that occurred just before he shot the unarmed, 17 year old Trayvon Martin, and jurors ‘overlooked’ on the events that antedated the crime.

However, his attorneys cannot erase Zimmerman’s final conversations with  911 dispatcher.

Zimmerman called the 911 dispatcher after seeing Martin walking back to his father’s home from a store, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something,” he said. CONTINUE READING

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ANOTHER DAY GOES BY WITHOUT HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOM

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TURKEY – Although, the international media is now turning a blind eye, the citizens of Turkey are still on the streets, protesting against the oppression of freedom and demanding the human rights not to be abused anymore by the totalitarian Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP rule. On the other hand the government keeps pushing the oppression to new heights.

Yesterday (13 July 2013) there were demonstrations from Istanbul to Antakya all over Turkey. Last night police have fired water cannons and tear gas to the several thousand protesters gathered on Istanbul’s İstiklal Avenue to protest a midnight bill adopted this week by the Parliament which curbed the supervision of the Chamber of Architects and Engineers (TMMOB) in all urban projects, giving full authority to the Environment and Urban Planning Ministry. Some shop owners also threateningly attacked with batons reporters an protesters chased the protesters into the side streets by the police. CONTINUE READING

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JOURNALISTS PROTESTED VIOLENCE AND CENSORSHIP

Journalists Turkey Protest

TURKEY – On Friday 12 July 2013, hundreds of journalists rallied to slam the violence and censorship during recent anti-government demonstrations. Gathering under the banner of the “Journalists Platform” they came together at Galatasaray Square at 7 p.m. to protest what they termed the continual violence, pressure and threats they have faced at the hands of the police since the Gezi Park protests began in late May. They also demanded the release of their colleagues who are in prison.

The journalists marched behind a banner of penguins in a direct jibe at CNNTürk, which became the target of widespread ridicule and sarcasm at the beginning of the protests in late May when it chose to air a documentary on penguins rather than cover the demonstrations. CNNTürk’s penguins were subsequently adopted as a symbol of self-censorship that many news organizations, particularly the mainstream media, demonstrated during the initial stages of the protests. CONTINUE READING

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ARE ALİ İSMAİL KORKMAZ’S MURDERERS REALLY UNIDENTIFIED?

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TURKEY – A security camera footage from the street where Ali İsmail Korkmaz was assaulted displays what was going on moments before he was attacked.

According to expert witness report 18 minutes of the recording, including when Korkmaz was beaten up, had been erased. CONTINUE READING

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AUSTRALIANS URGED TO VOTE FOR JULIAN ASSANGE

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AUSTRALIA – British MP and founder of the Respect Party George Galloway has encouraged the Australian people to vote for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the country’s coming Senate elections.

Galloway addressed the Australian people in Sydney, during a speech broadcast on Press TV.

“I want to remind you that in the Senate elections’ forthcoming year in this state, you have the possibility of casting a vote, which will affect international politics at the highest level. If you elect Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, a senator for New South Wales, you will cause absolute chaos in the British and American governments, and wouldn’t that be a fine thing,” he said. CONTINUE READING

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WOMAN’S WORK

ALESSIO ROMENZI

SYRIA – He finally wrote to me. After more than a year of freelancing for him, during which I contracted typhoid fever and was shot in the knee, my editor watched the news, thought I was among the Italian journalists who’d been kidnapped, and sent me an email that said: “Should you get a connection, could you tweet your detention?”

That same day, I returned in the evening to a rebel base where I was staying in the middle of the hell that is Aleppo, and amid the dust and the hunger and the fear, I hoped to find a friend, a kind word, a hug. Instead, I found only another email from Clara, who’s spending her holidays at my home in Italy. She’s already sent me eight “Urgent!” messages. Today she’s looking for my spa badge, so she can enter for free. The rest of the messages in my inbox were like this one: “Brilliant piece today; brilliant like your book on Iraq.” Unfortunately, my book wasn’t on Iraq, but on Kosovo. CONTINUE READING

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POLICE SEARCH HOUSES OF TAKSİM SOLIDARITY PLATFORM MEMBERS

Takism Dayanışma Platformu Taksim Solidarity Platform

TURKEY – Police are searching the houses of representatives of the Taksim Solidarity Platform, which has also has called on prosecutors to release 48 protesters – including their leading figures – who were detained on July 8 in the fierce police intervention in Gezi Park. The platform has been standing against the redevelopment plans for the park from the beginning, and was involved in the initial protests that sparked the nation-wide anti-government demonstrations at the end of May.

Police started a search in the house of the recently detained Secretary of the Chamber of Architects Mücella Yapıcı, as well as eight other addresses linked to other Taksim Solidarity Platform members, the group announced. CONTINUE READING

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AKP CURBS THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHAMBERS SUPPORTING GEZİ PROTESTS

Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architechs AKP

TURKEY – The Justice and Development Party (AKP) votes ensured the passing of a late-night bill regarding occupational chambers in the June 9 parliamentary session. The move was interpreted by most of the community as a payback for the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architechs’ (TMMOB) vocal support for the ongoing Gezi movement.

The unforeseen proposal, which removes the TMMOB from any involvement in city planning processes and their authority to approve plans, raised concern from opposition benches, with main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy group leader Akif Hamzaçebi describing the proposal as “part of government’s witch hunt over Gezi Park.”  CONTINUE READING

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VIOLENCE CLAIMS THE LIFE OF FOURTH ‘GEZİ PARK’ PROTESTER

Ali İsmail Korkmaz Gezi Park
TURKEY – Ali İsmail Korkmaz, a 19-year-old protester who was beaten by “unidentified” people during ‘Gezi Park Protests’ on June 2nd  in Eskişehir had passed away due to his injuries today in hospital.

Korkmaz was brutally beaten by a group wearing civilian clothes,  as he was trying to escape a police tear gas attack. His heart stopped working today at around 11 a.m., The attackers have not been detained. There have been suspicions that the assaulters might be undercover cops. CONTINUE READING

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