Turkey: 17 press freedom groups condemn raid against pro-Kurdish daily

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more March 29, 2018 Turkey: 17 press freedom groups condemn raid against pro-Kurdish daily Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor The undersigned international press freedom groups call on Turkish authorities to immediately release the 12 printworkers and staff arrested on March 28 at the premises and print works of the newspaper Özgürlükçü Demokrasi and the further 15 staff taken into custody after home raids on the morning of March 29, 2018. Authorities must also restore control over the paper and its premises to the rightful owners.The below-named organizations also denounce the fact that lawyers acting for those arrested have been denied contact with prosecutors or access to any written documentation in relation to the raids.Two officials purporting to be from the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) are in place at the print works and premises of Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, a pro-Kurdish daily, and claim to be holding the sites until they receive further instructions. For its part, the TMSF, now part of the Ministry of Finance’s Directorate of National Estates and formerly an independent banking watchdog under the auspices of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, has denied having received instructions to seize the newspaper’s assets.According to lawyers acting for the detained printworkers and Özgürlükçü Demokrasi’s principal signatory İhsan Yaşar and Kasım Zengin the owner of Gün Printing Advertising Film and Publishing Inc, where the newspaper is printed, a press crimes investigation into the paper was opened on February 7.This was followed by a separate counter-terrorism investigation that began on March 23. It is believed that both investigations, of which no written notification has been made to the paper, are in relation to Özgürlükçü Demokrasi’s coverage of Turkey’s incursion into Afrin, northern Syria.As the sole remaining Kurdish daily newspaper in Istanbul, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi is vital in maintaining the extremely fragile access to information that is not controlled by the state.Following the closure of other pro-Kurdish newspapers and television stations such as Azadiya Welat, IMC TV and Hayatın Sesi in 2016, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi is one of the last sources of pro-Kurdish daily printed news in Turkey.‘The Turkish authorities must halt their sustained repression of Kurdish culture and language. We are highly alarmed by the onslaught on Kurdish and pro-Kurdish media outlets and journalists that has intensified dramatically since the crackdown on freedom of expression since the attempted coup of July 2016, and now reached a new low point with this takeover of Özgürlükçü Demokrasi’, said Carles Torner, Executive Director of PEN International.We, the signatories of this statement, strongly condemn the takeover of Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, which has taken place without any legal justification or documentation. We reject the denial of information and prosecutoral access to lawyers acting for Özgürlükçü Demokrasi’s arrested staff members.”The government’s takeover of Özgürlükçü Demokrasi is extremely concerning” said Joy Hyvarinen, head of advocacy at Index on Censorship, “We urge European and other governments to condemn the obliteration of free media in Turkey.”We call for the release of the arrested staff members and printworkers and official confirmation from the TMSF of the legal status of the alleged acquisition of Engin Publishing Print Inc. — and the Gün Printing Advertising Film and Publishing Inc.Katie Morris, Head of Europe and Central Asia Programme at ARTICLE 19 said: “The takeover of Özgürlükçü Demokrasi restricts the space for freedom of expression even further in Turkey and curtails the right of the public to access information on issues of public interest, particularly in relation to the on-going conflict in the South East of the country. We call for the authorities to cease harassing this newspaper and restore much needed media freedom in Turkey.”The takeover of one of the last remaining opposition newspapers follows the aqcuisition last week of Turkey’s largest media organization and newspaper distributor, Doğan Group, by Turkish conglomerate Demirören, whose media outlets are known for taking a pro-government stance.In the week prior to the purchase, an internet streaming bill was passed granting the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) sweeping powers to monitor, license and block online streaming channels and news providers.“This latest act against freedom press confirms that Erdogan wants to repress any free voice in Turkey. A firm position in Europe is needed to make pressure the Turkish government to restore the rule of law as soon as possible with the cessation of the state of emergency,” said Antonella Napoli member of Articolo 21 and coordinator of Free Turkey Media in Italy.International Press Institute (IPI)’s Turkey Advocacy Coordinator Caroline Stockford said, “IPI strongly condemns yesterday’s raid and the government’s tactic of shutting down Özgürlükçü Demokrasi in an apparently illegal manner in order to silence dissenting voices in the run-up to the presidential elections.Despite the opportunity presenting itself at this week’s Varna summit, Europe failed again to strongly condemn Turkey’s repression of free media and free speech.”The peoples of Turkey have a right to access informative opposition reporting in order to form a balanced opinion especially in the lead up to an election.We call on Turkey to respect the human right to freedom of expression and to refrain from its practice of stifling all opposition media and to release the Özgürlükçü Demokrasi workers from detention.We, the undersigned, call on European newspapers and governments to make clear statements to Turkey that access to balanced, critical reporting is essential to democracy and that the freedom of the press must be respected and maintained. Help by sharing this information April 2, 2021 Find out more News to go further Receive email alertscenter_img International Press Institute (IPI)PEN InternationalEuropean Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)Association of European Journalists (AEJ)Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF)Article 19Norwegian PENIndex on CensorshipEnglish PENArticolo 21Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)PEN Belgium/FlandersWales PEN CymruPEN GermanyPEN Club FrançaisPEN Suisse Romand News RSF_en Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News Crédit : Ozgurlukcudemokrasi.com TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Follow the news on Turkey Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe last_img read more

Bar sections adopt legislative positions

first_img January 15, 2004 Regular News Bar sections adopt legislative positions Bar sections adopt legislative positions The Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section has added nine legislative positions to its lobbying agenda, while the Family Law and Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law sections have added one each.The positions were reviewed and authorized by the Bar Board of Governors at its December meeting.Under Bar rules, sections are given wide latitude on lobbying issues, but the board reviews the positions to ensure they meet broad guidelines and don’t conflict with Bar-wide legislative activities.RPPTL positions authorized include:• Amending F.S. §733.212 to include deadlines for filing a claim to exempt property and for filing an election for an elective share.• Repealing F.S. §734.1025 because the dollar amount for summary administrations has been increased in F.S. §§735.201-2068, making the first law duplicative. The section also said the second set of laws has better procedures for notifying creditors.• Amending several statutes and creating a new one to allow a court-appointed guardian to contest a ward’s revocable trust or trust amendment if the court has found that appears to be in the ward’s best interest. The section said that would protect incapacitated persons from loss or harm from an ongoing trust which is invalid due to fraud, duress, mistakes, or other problems.• Amending F.S. §201.02 to clarify when the documentary stamp tax applies in real estate transactions.• Clarifying F.S. §689.07 that when a deed is given to a trustee who is also part of a trust that the deed does not convey the title to the trustee personally. The change is needed to correct a recent contrary interpretation by a bankruptcy court.• Fixing glitches in F.S. §558, which sets out an alternative dispute resolution method of fixing construction defects. The section said the law, while well-intentioned, is difficult to comply with and has vague provisions.• Supporting legislation that gives condominium associations more governing flexibility, including on leasing restrictions, but also ensures that buyers are informed of restrictions and other covenants.• Transferring F.S. §§689.02 and 689.265 to F.S. Ch. 720 to eliminate confusion on whether those sections apply to properties other than residential parcels in communities as defined in Ch. 720.• Opposing proposed F.S. §518.117, which would alter the fundamental duties of loyalty and full and fair disclosure of trustees solely for the pecuniary benefit of corporate fiduciaries.The Family Law Section was authorized to seek amendments to F.S. Chs. 61 and 742 to clarify that judges can retroactively modify temporary support orders, even without a showing of a substantial change in circumstances.The board also ratified a resolution from the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section supporting full funding of arts and arts education programs in Florida.last_img read more

Confidence high as Double Trouble gets cracking

first_img(By Stephan Sookram in Jamaica, compliments of Fly Jamaica, GT Motorsports, Nexus Machinery and Bell Communications)THE Jamaicans will have their hands full with Guyanese competition this weekend during the Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) Double Trouble battle.Set for the Palisadoes karting track in Kingston, the two-day event will feature six Guyanese competing across three classes.After yesterday’s official practice, they are all upbeat about their chances in their respective classes.In the Rotax senior class, Guyana will be represented by Matthew Phang while in the junior division, the attack will be three-fold among Rayden Persaud, Mikhail Persaud and Elan Rahaman.Mikhail Persaud rounds the Penultimate corner of the Palisadoes race track.Up to late yesterday, the Guyanese were still working to bring their times down to the average track times as they get ready for today’s qualifying which begins at 10:00hrs.According to track officials, the senior class karters are near the 57-second timings with Phang already down to low 58s while the juniors average just around the same.Rayden was pushing times of 58.5 for his junior class which carries just about the same time bracket with Mikhail posting low 59s and Elan in the same region.In the Macro class, Jeremy Ten Pow was able to post a 59.2-second time with the average time being around the 58-second bracket.Justin Ten Pow, who is in the Mini Max class was posting 1:05 second time in a group where the average time is around 1:03.Speaking to Chronicle Sport, JKA president David Summerbell contended that the process for the exchange programme begun just over a month ago.“Since we were down in Guyana about a month back, we started discussions about having a few Guyanese here for our karting event. It is fabulous that it all worked out this way and we have some of the best youngsters here this weekend.”“I have to say a big shout out to the sponsors, of course Total Lubricants, Fly Jamaica and there are so many more that have come on board for this event.”Today’s qualification begins at 10:00hrs with racing set for just over an hour.last_img read more