Ban sought. Turkish authorities try to gag independent media in run-up to elections

first_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Turkey May 22, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ban sought. Turkish authorities try to gag independent media in run-up to elections News RSF_en Help by sharing this information News April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia to go further April 2, 2021 Find out more With two weeks to go to parliamentary elections in Turkey, Reporters Without Borders condemns government harassment of independent media and is alarmed by a request by the Ankara prosecutor’s office on 18 May for the prohibition of several opposition media outlets.Türkçe / Read in TurkishSent to the satellite agency Turksat, a communication ministry offshoot, the request concerns news organizations that support Fethullah Gülen, the US-based leader of a popular religious movement, above all the national TV stations Samanyolu TV and Bugün TV.Condemned by many other Turkish media outlets as well as by Reporters Without Borders, this proposed prohibition would escalate the major offensive that has been under way for the past two years against Gülen and his supporters.Many news organizations have already been the targets of requests for information from the Ankara prosecutor’s office as part of a series of investigations into the Gülen movement. Zaman editor Ekrem Dumanli and Samanyolu TV chief Hidayet Karaca were among the 30 or so people who were arrested on 14 December. If the prohibition goes ahead, it would deal a devastating blow to media freedom and diversity in Turkey. Many commentators are criticizing the paranoia that the government is displaying towards the country’s leading media groups and accuse it of trying to “silence the free press.”State TV favouring government candidatesReporters Without Borders is also disturbed by the way the state-owned national TV broadcaster TRT is giving an unfair amount of air-time to the ruling party’s candidates for the 7 June parliamentary elections. With typically flagrant bias, TRT had given ruling Justice and Development Party leader Ahmed Davutoglu 1 hour and 20 minutes of coverage by mid-April against only 15 minutes for the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP). Reporters Without Borders already condemned a “toxic climate” for the media on the eve of regional elections in a press release on 21 March, which also voiced concern about TRT’s bias.“We urge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to think again and to refrain from targeting opposition news media,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon said. “With just days to go to parliamentary elections, the authorities must respect media pluralism, which is essential for the elections to take place in a proper, democratic manner.”Growing obstacles for journalistsWhat with media blackouts, denial of accreditation and constant prosecutions, the authorities have stopped at nothing to prevent journalists from working.Two journalists with the pro-Gülen news agency Cihan were refused permission to cover a public event organized on 21 April by mobile operator AVEA with President Erdogan’s wife, Emine Erdogan, in attendance.On Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s orders, many outspoken media were prevented from attending a funeral on 1 April in Istanbul’s Eyüp Sultan Mosque for Mehmet Selim Kiraz, the prosecutor who had been killed the previous day after being taken hostage.Reporters from two news agencies (Cihan and Doğan), ten newspapers (Zaman, Hürriyet, Posta, Sözcü, Taraf, Millet, Cumhuriyet, Ortadoğu, Yeniçağ and Birgün) and five TV stations (Samanyolu TV, IMC TV, Kanaltürk, CNN Türk and Bugün) were turned away.This followed the reporting ban that the Prime Minister imposed on the same media while the prosecutor was being held hostage in a courthouse the day before. The daily Cumhuriyet filed suit against the prime minister before an Istanbul court on 6 April for 10,000 Turkish lira in compensation for the losses sustained as a result of the ban. The case is still under way.The daily Hürriyet has meanwhile been the target of several suits this month. The first concerned its report on Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s death sentence, which it headlined: “Entire world in shock after president elected by 52% is sentenced to death.”Claiming that it posed a grave threat to President Erdogan, his lawyer, Rahmi Kurt, filed a complaint accusing the newspaper of “inciting hatred,” “inciting armed insurrection against the government,” “condoning a crime and a criminal” and “propaganda in favour of a terrorist organization.”Condemning the complaint as a “new blow to media freedom and freedom of expression,” the Association of Turkish Journalists (TGC) criticized Erdogan’s lawyer for requesting the imprisonment of the newspaper’s managing editor, Sedat Ergin, and other senior members of its staff.Hürriyet and one of its columnists, Mehmet Yilmaz, were today ordered to pay 20,000 Turkish lira (7,000 euros) in damages to President Erdogan for a column criticizing government corruption. The head of the newspaper’s board, Vuslat Dogan Sabanci, has also been fined 10,000 lira.Authoritarian excessesMedia freedom has not stopped declining since the Dogan media group was the victim of a government-orchestrated prosecution in 2009, which prompted many journalists to start censoring themselves. In the past five years, many judicial proceedings have been brought against journalists for motives that were often murky.The “internal security reform” that President Erdogan signed into law on 3 April gave the police far-reaching powers that included the ability to arrest any individual and carry out searches without asking a judge.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its concern about this law, which opens the day for even more harassment of journalists, who can now be arrested arbitrarily without any judicial constraints.Turkey is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. 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10 Good Reasons to Change the Anti-Smacking Law – Reason #4 – Lorriane

first_imgThis ninth short clip is this week’s example of “10 Good Reasons to Change the Anti-Smacking Law.”SICK OF HEARING THESE STORIES? SO ARE WE! WHAT CAN YOU DO? At the very least, find out which political parties will fix the law to protect good parents. CLICK HERE (question 28)It’s time we held the politicians to account on a failed law which is doing more harm than good. It’s time the politicians listened to YOU!Watch the FULL documentary (click on image below) When a 9 y/o boy aggressively stabbed his brother in the leg with a broken pen (not for the first time), caring grandmother and caregiver Lorriane poked him with a pen to try and teach him how it felt – and in the hope it would stop him doing it again. A neighbour complained to the police and, using their discretion, Lorriane was charged with assault, spent a night locked up in a cell, and forbidden contact with the boy. After four months and a legal bill of $3,500, the judge found her not guilty and said her actions were completely reasonable, similar to tapping a child on the back of the hand, and that she was a “caring person”. It took a further 13 months before she got her foster son back.“They take your glasses and your bag and check everything and put it in sealed plastic bags. They photograph you. They fingerprint you. And then I was put in a cell.” Lorriane (Grandmother, Caregiver)last_img read more

Sir Andy believes Cornwall is ready

first_imgFORMER West Indies fast bowler, Sir Andy Roberts, believes that fellow Antiguan and current player, Rahkeem ‘Jimbo’ Cornwall has earned a call-up to the regional squad.Sir Andy, during an interview on the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show, said the player’s form over the past 12 months certainly indicates that he is ready for a higher level of cricket.“Jimbo has been ready to move higher for more than a year now, but for me to say he is ready for Test cricket, I don’t think we really know when anybody is ready because you have a number of players, especially here in the Leewards who perform very well at regional level but fail to impress when they go a little bit higher,” he said.Called up to the West Indies A team for a tour of Sri Lanka, back in September, Cornwall ended as the leading wicket-taker for the three unofficial Tests, claiming a total of 23 wickets for 456 runs at an economy rate of 3.08.The all-rounder is currently with the Leeward Islands Hurricanes preparing for the Regional 50 overs tournament.Sir Andy, who made his Test debut in 1974, also urged young Antiguan pacer Alzarri Joseph, to work on his weaknesses as he plays through a perceived bowling slump. (First Published In The Antigua Observer)last_img read more