Category Archives: Freedom of COnscience

Amnesty: Intensified crackdown on media increases atmosphere of fear

[The following is a repost of Amnesty’s press release of 28 July 2016] As Turkey enters its second week of a three month state of emergency, the ongoing crackdown on civil society and the assault on media freedom has reached … Continue reading

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Another appalling prosecution of journalists in Turkey

It didn’t take long.  After yesterday’s good news in the trial of Dutch journalist Fréderike Geerdink, in which the prosecutor moved for acquittal, came news from Istanbul that another prosecutor was asking for 4.5 years each for journalists Ceyda Karan … Continue reading

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Turkish Court Ignores ECHR ruling, sentences conscientious objector

Earlier this week, a military court in Sivas convicted conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan for “failing to obey orders,” sentencing him to fifteen months in prison, which was then converted to a 9000 Lira fine.  The conviction is particularly shocking because … Continue reading

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