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

Hunger Mountain Coop still considering new Waterbury location

first_imgHunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier is extending its search for a possible second location in Waterbury. While its research showed that moving The Coop into the current RJ’s Friendly Market under the proposed plan poses too great a financial risk, the studies also indicated the potential for adding a Waterbury store remains feasible. As a result, The Coop will continue to explore options for an optimal storefront, though no final decision is anticipated in the near future.“We’ve heard from a lot of people who live and work around Waterbury that The Coop would be a welcome addition to this vibrant area”, explains Coop General Manager Kari Bradley. “But, we have to find the right fit before bringing this to a vote of our Member-Owners. They have raised a lot of questions during this process that will need to be addressed.”A new store and new market share would help The Coop advance its mission to sell more healthy and local food, serve more Members, increase sales for local vendors, create more jobs and cooperative commerce and deliver greater economic, social and environmental returns.For more information about The Coop, visit www.hungermountain.com(link is external), contact Krystal or Robyn at 223-8000 ext. 202, or sign up to be on The Coop’s e-news list by sending an email to [email protected](link sends e-mail).Source: Hunger Mountain Coop. 8.19.2010Hunger Mountain Coop, located in Montpelier, Vermont is a community-owned natural market & café committed to building a dynamic community of healthy individuals, sustainable local food systems and thriving cooperative commerce. The Coop celebrated its 38th anniversary in 2010.last_img read more

Wolves 2-1 Manchester United: 10-man Reds hand top four advantage to Arsenal and Spurs

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer tasted defeat in the Premier League for a second time (Picture: Getty)Wolves came from behind to put a serious dent in Manchester United’s top four hopes with a 2-1 win at Molineux.Scott McTominay gave the visitors the lead when he drilled a fine effort in from 25 yards in what was his first goal for the club.Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku missed golden chances to double United’s lead but were denied at point-blank range by Rui Patricio.Wolves’ equaliser came when Fred was dispossessed midway through his own half after 25 minutes played and Raul Jiminez slipped in Jota to fire past David De Gea.ADVERTISEMENTThe hosts controlled the rest of the half but the two teams were level at the interval. United rediscovered their intensity after the break but Ashley Young’s second yellow reduced the visitors to ten men with half an hour to play. Sean KearnsTuesday 2 Apr 2019 9:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link726Shares Wolves 2-1 Manchester United: 10-man Reds hand top four advantage to Arsenal and Spurs Advertisement McTominay scored United’s opener (Picture: Getty)center_img Smalling put one in his own net (Picture: Getty)Wolves were happy to sit back and hit United on the counter-attack and they found a winner thanks to a huge slice of luck 15 minutes from time.AdvertisementAdvertisementLeander Dendoncker connected with a cross into the box and confusion between De Gea and Chris Smalling led to the defender scoring an unfortunate own goal.It means United miss the opportunity to leapfrog Arsenal and Spurs into third and are now outsiders for the top four.MORE: Luke Shaw suspended for Manchester United’s next two Premier League matches after tenth yellow card Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

CARPHA issues warning ahead of influenza season

first_imgHealthLifestyleNewsRegional CARPHA issues warning ahead of influenza season by: Caribbean Media Corporation – January 31, 2015 Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock DuCassePORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning Caribbean people to practice good personal hygiene in order to reduce the risk of transmission of influenza and other respiratory viruses.CARPHA said that the seasonal influenza affects many thousands of people in the region annually and as the 2015 season approaches, it is advising that persons practice good hygiene measures, including covering your mouth with a tissue or handkerchief, or using your elbow, when sneezing or coughing as well as safely disposing of used tissues.CARPHA executive director Dr. James Hospedales, said that the “primary form of influenza transmission is through interpersonal contact.“Given elevated flu activity in the United States, combined with the high travel season to the Caribbean, it is important that persons take the necessary steps now, to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu,” he added.His warning comes as health authorities in Jamaica say they are closely monitoring the outbreak of measles in the United States and Mexico and are urging parents to have their children immunized for the disease.Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse said Jamaica is monitoring the situation in North America where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has reported 84 cases during the first 28 days of the year.“Despite this, we have seen how diseases can cross borders, and so we have to ensure that we keep a close watch on the situation in the US and any other country where measles cases occur,” Dr Bullock DuCasse said in a statement.“All Jamaicans are, therefore, urged to ensure that they and their children are protected,” she added.The most common symptoms of measles include fever, conjunctivitis or sore eyes, and a runny nose. Patients could also suffer from small white spots, which usually develop inside the mouth, a harsh dry cough, reduced appetite, tiredness, aches and pains.“Measles is caused by a virus and is highly contagious. It is spread through direct contact and through the air,” said the Ministry of Health, noting that complications include pneumonia and can lead to death.But Dr Bullock DuCasse said Jamaica has been free of endemic or local transmission of measles since 1991 and said this is because of the country’s expanded immunisation programme.CARPHA said that the most effective way to prevent the disease or severe outcomes from the illness is vaccination.“Safe and effective vaccines have been available and used for more than 60 years. Among healthy adults, influenza vaccine can prevent 70 to 90 per cent of influenza-specific illness. Among the elderly, the vaccine reduces severe illnesses and complications by up to 60 per cent and deaths by 80 per cent,” CARPHA said.It said that most deaths associated with influenza occur among people age 65 or older. 201 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

GPL: Leaders Medeama SC thumped 4-0 by Tema Youth

first_imgGlo premier league Leaders SC Medeama were demolished 4-0 by Tema Youth at the Tema Stadium on Sunday. Champions Asante Kotoko shared the spoils against Liberty at the Baba Yara Stadium. Hearts needed a penalty to beat King Faisal on the return of the Ghana Premier League on Sunday.FT: Kotoko 3-3 Liberty ProfessionalsFT: Hearts 1-0 King FaisalFT: TeMa Youth 4-0 MedeamaFT: Ebusua Dwarfs 2-0 Aduana StarsFT: Berekum Chelsea 0-0 Ashantigold FT: All Stars 1-0 Heart of LionsFT: New Edubiase 1-0 Berekum Arsenals (Saturday)FT: Real Tamale United 1-3 Amidaus Professionals (Saturday)last_img read more