Courts refuse to back down, so journalists to remain in prison pending trial

first_img Receive email alerts Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News March 17, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Courts refuse to back down, so journalists to remain in prison pending trial Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News Organisation Follow the news on Turkeycenter_img Reporters Without Borders is outraged by today’s court ruling rejecting a request for the provisional release of investigative journalists Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener, who were arrested on 3 March. They will now have to spend months in prison pending trial on a charge of belonging to an alleged conspiracy called Ergenekon, which the authorities regard as “terrorist organization.” The court ordered their continued detention under article 100-3 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CMK), applicable when there is a risk that “the accused could flee (…) conceal or damage evidence (…) or apply pressure to witnesses.” Reporters Without Borders regards these grounds as totally absurd and urges prosecutors to produce the evidence they claim to have against the two journalists. The ruling comes amid a continuing campaign in Turkey and abroad for their release. In an unprecedented development in Turkey, more than 5,000 demonstrated in Istanbul on Sunday (13 March) for the second week running in response to a call from the Freedom for Journalists Platform (GÖP). The many searches and arrests carried out by the police on 3 March have been widely condemned internationally as serious press freedom violations.In a letter to the web portal Bianet yesterday, Sik said he did not know why he was in prison but was aware that his arrest was “eminently political.” Sik had just finished writing a book about the influence of a Muslim group, Fetullah Gülen, within the Turkish state and the national police. Many commentators have said its claims would have been embarrassing for the government ahead of the parliamentary elections in June.Dozens of people have been arrested in the course of the Ergenekon investigation that began in June 2007. Initially hailed as a sign of progress for Turkish democracy, as senior military officers were among those detained, the investigation has acquired an increasingly repressive character, as evidenced by the detention of Sik and Sener.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the immediate and unconditional release of these two journalists.Any journalist who tries to cover stories related to the security apparatus or Turkey’s ethnic minorities is liable to be prosecuted. Ertugrul Mavioglu is due to be tried in the next few days for interviewing a leader of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. Reporters Without Borders plans to follow the trial closely. He has already been prosecuted with Sik in connection with the two-volume book on the Ergenekon case they wrote together. Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News News April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit RSF_en to go further April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Hundreds of public sector workers to strike in Derry and Tyrone

first_img LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Homepage BannerNews Facebook WhatsApp Derry and Tyrone is bracing itself for a health and public sector walkout which is expected to disrupt a raft of services today.Trade union members will take to the streets of Derry, Strabane and Omagh over a planned protest linked to government cuts and pay disputes within the public sector.Services that could see an all-out strike include bus services, including public school transport, and ambulance services while hospital staff, schools, jobs and benefits office and social security workers could also be involved.Thousands of public sector workers are pressing ahead with their planned strike, in response to the Stormont Executive’s budget cuts.Kevin McAdam from the Unite trade union says their workers have had enough:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/kevin.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Hundreds of public sector workers to strike in Derry and Tyrone Google+ Pinterestcenter_img By News Highland – March 13, 2015 GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFuneral of tragic Lisa Orsi takes place todayNext articleDonegal Hospice facing rising costs and drop in donations News Highland Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme last_img read more

‘Mercy killing’ for stray dogs

first_imgApprehended stray dogs would beimpounded at the city government motorpool on Delgado Street where owners couldclaim them. Dr. Tomas Forteza, city veterinarian,agreed to round up stray dogs which Atinado claimed were digging up anduprooting ornamental plants. Forteza urged those with dogs to beresponsible pet owners and by that, he meant that the dogs must be leashed. Stray dogs remain a concern in Iloilo City. They must be leashed and confined only within their owners’ premises, according to the City Veterinary Office. Stray dogs, too, are being blamed for vandalizing ornamental plants that the city government has planted at the Iloilo Esplanade and the median strip of the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue in Barangay San Rafael, Mandurriao district. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO City – Not only humans. Straydogs, too, are being blamed for vandalizing ornamental plants that the citygovernment has planted at the Iloilo Esplanade and the median strip of the Sen.Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue in Barangay San Rafael, Mandurriao district. “We hope to solve this problemsoonest,” said Forteza. “Gasagodsila ido pero wala sila galantaw sang ila responsibilidad para mag-safe aton community.They must keep their dogs within their premises,” said Forteza.center_img “If no one shows up to claim the dogsor adopt them, we will do mercy killing. We will put them to sleep,” Forteza. Unclaimed stray dogs would beeuthanized, City Veterinary Office is scouting foran area where to set up an animal impounding facility, he revealed./PN An overdose of injectable barbiturateswould be administered to the dogs. City Beautification Program head NindaAtinado sought the City Veterinary Office’s help.last_img read more

Shaquem Griffin, Paul Richardson among Seahawks cuts

first_img Associated Press Television News Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Last Updated: 6th September, 2020 07:57 IST Shaquem Griffin, Paul Richardson Among Seahawks Cuts The Seattle Seahawks released linebacker/defensive end Shaquem Griffin and terminated the contract of veteran wide receiver Paul Richardson among their cuts on Saturday to reach the 53-man roster limit LIVE TVcenter_img WATCH US LIVE First Published: 6th September, 2020 07:57 IST The Seattle Seahawks released linebacker/defensive end Shaquem Griffin and terminated the contract of veteran wide receiver Paul Richardson among their cuts on Saturday to reach the 53-man roster limit.Griffin and Richardson were the most notable among Seattle’s cuts, although if previous years is an indicator, the Seahawks will likely be active over the next day in finalizing their roster for Week 1 when they face Atlanta.Griffin is one of the feel-good stories in the NFL in recent seasons and become an inspiration for many. He was drafted by Seattle in 2018 joining his twin brother Shaquill, and made the roster the past two seasons, despite having lost his left hand as a child.Griffin was a major contributor on special teams during his first two seasons in Seattle, but finding a consistent role on defense has been difficult. He started the first game of his career two years ago in Denver at outside linebacker, but struggled with defending bigger tight ends at the position.Griffin transitioned into more of a pass rusher midway through last season as Seattle hoped to use his speed off the edge against slower offensive linemen. Griffin had the only sack of his career in Seattle’s playoff loss to Green Bay.Seattle defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said recently that Griffin was the backup at strongside linebacker. But the additions of Bruce Irvin and rookie first-round pick Jordyn Brooks to a talented linebacker group may have squeezed out Griffin.Richardson signed with Seattle last week but was never able to participate in a full practice. Richardson was a second-round pick of the Seahawks in 2014 and spent his first four seasons in the NFL with Seattle, capped with a career-high 44 catches and six touchdowns in the 2017 season. He signed with Washington before the 2018 season, but lasted just two years and appeared in just 17 games.Seattle also terminated the contract of fullback Nick Bellore, although last year Bellore was let go on cut day and later re-signed.Other notable players released by Seattle include former sixth-round draft pick defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas, wide receivers Perry Hart and Cody Thompson, 2019 seventh-round pick Stephen Sullivan and quarterback Danny Etling and Anthony Gordon. The release of both quarterbacks leaves Geno Smith as the only backup to Russell Wilson on the roster.As expected, the Seahawks kept running back Rashaad Penny on the physically unable to perform list while he continues to recover from a torn ACL late last season. Rookies Darrell Taylor and Colby Parkinson, and D.J. Reed were placed on the non-football injury list. Offensive lineman Kyle Fuller was placed on the suspended list and will miss the first two games of the season after being suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.Image credits: AP FOLLOW USlast_img read more