Tag Archives: Ergenekon

Friday notes: Gulen Crackdown, Maras, and some good news regarding Pinar Selek

Some brief notes from Turkish human rights news: 1. Zaman’s Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanlı was released from custody due to lack of evidence, according to press accounts.  Four others, including Samanyolu TV General Manager, Hidayet Karaca, will be held pending trial.  … Continue reading

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The Plot and the Ivory Tower: Scholars targeted in the Ergenekon Trial

The Ergenekon trial, which dragged on for six years, finally made international headlines when it decided the fate of 275 suspects August 5.  Most reporting on the decisions handed down by the court focused on the life sentences given to … Continue reading

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More on Turkey and World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day (May 3) was an opportune moment for calling attention to the sorry state of press freedoms in Turkey.  Amnesty International – Turkey did so with a protests in downtown Istanbul and flash mobs elsewhere in the … Continue reading

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Freedom House Annual Report: Another bad year for freedom of the press in Turkey (updated)

Freedom House has published in 2013 annual report on freedom of the press.  This year, yet again, Turkey came away with less than passing marks. Turkey remained a regional outlier [in the Western Europe region] with a score of 56, … Continue reading

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Turkish Justice: Capital Punishment by Other Means?

Are Turkish authorities denying health care as a means of punishment? Sibel Utku Bilal highlights the cavalier treatment of prisoners’ health in Turkish prisons in her recent article for AI-Monitor. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, head of the Human Rights Foundation of … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to President Obama

An “open letter” to President Obama, signed jointly by  The Foreign Policy Initiative, Freedom House, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), and Reporters Without Borders was made public today.  The letter notes the important strategic relationship between the United States … Continue reading

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