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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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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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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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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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PEACEFUL GEZİ PARK PROTESTERS MUST BE RELEASED

Turkish_Police_Fight_Anti-Government_Protestors_In_Istanbul Gezi Park

TURKEY – The Turkish authorities must immediately release peaceful Gezi Park demonstrators who were detained in Taksim yesterday. They must also investigate allegations of the excessive use of force after riot police used tear gas and water canons to clear the square and neighbouring Gezi Park, Amnesty International said.

“The authorities in Turkey have the duty to ensure people can peacefully gather and express their views,” said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Director at Amnesty International. CONTINUE READING

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GEZİ PARK WAS OPEN, GEZİ PARK WAS SHUT

Gezi Park shut again

TURKEY — Istanbul’s Gezi Park that was at the center of weeks of anti-government demonstrations opened for a few hours Monday, but Turkish authorities quickly closed it and fired a water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters heading to the area for a planned rally.

The attack — the second by police on protesters since Saturday — occurred on a main pedestrian road leading to Istanbul’s landmark Taksim Square and adjacent Gezi Park. CONTINUE READING

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MADIMAK MASSACRE ; THE TRUE JUSTICE IS LOOKING FOR ITS WAY OUT

sivas madımak Madimak Massacre

TURKEY – Today is 2nd of July 2013, the 20th anniversary of Madimak Massacre. It remarks a dark day in Turkish Republic’s history. 20 years ago today 37 people were burned to death by fundamentalist Islamist in downtown Sivas. Those who died were mostly Alevi poets, writers, musicians, artists, intellectuals. Two hotel employees were also killed in the fires. They were there for an annual cultural festival, a celebration of 16th century Alevi poet Pir Sultan Abdal.

On 2nd of July 1993, after Friday prayer a large number of Salafists gathered in front of the hotel named Otel Madımak. They were enraged by the presence of world renowned writer and intellect Aziz Nesin. Nesin was an atheist. He had translated and published extracts from Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses and was celebrating Pir Sultan Abdal’s legacy with Alevis. CONTINUE READING

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ONE DEAD, NINE INJURED DURING PROTESTS IN LICE

Lice Turkey

TURKEY – One person was killed on Friday in south-east Turkey as paramilitary forces fired shots to disperse hundreds of people protesting against the expansion of a police station, according to local officials. The victim was identified as 18-year-old Medeni Yıldırım. Nine people were also wounded, two of CONTINUE READING

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