December 20, 2014

’Arrest warrant for Gülen to damage Turkey’s reputation in the world’

Alliance for Shared Values, a non-profit group that serves as a voice for dialogue organizations affiliated with the Hizmet in the US has released a press statement about an arrest warrant issued by a Turkish court for Fethullah Gülen, saying it will damage Turkey’s reputation in the world.

An operation that disgraces Turkey before the world

Abdülhamit Bilici

The famous politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit, also known as Red Danny, who has played a crucial role in the history of human rights activism, held high expectations about our country a decade ago. He was one of the most ardent supporters of Turkey's membership in the European Union, describing Turkey as the “Bosporus miracle.”

Editor-in-Chief Dumanlı returns to Zaman HQs after release

Zaman daily Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanlı arrived at the daily's headquarters in Yenibosna on Saturday after having been released pending trial in a government-orchestrated police operation.

US Congressional caucus condemns Turkey media crackdown as ’assault on democracy’

US Congressional Caucus on Turkey and Turkish Americans have slammed the Turkish government for going after what it said "perceived dissent," calling on Turkish authorities to immediately release journalists who have been detained.

Who knew, broadcasting a fictional TV miniseries is terrorism

Amongst the detainees of Sunday’s controversial and internationally lambasted media raids Samanyolu Broadcast Group President Hidayet Karaca provided a 19 page testimony.

Outcry over arrest of TV network Samanyolu's manager

Opposition politicians harshly criticized the court decision to arrest Samanyolu TV General Manager Hidayet Karaca along with four of other producers and police officials, describing the decision as an assault on free media.

December 19, 2014

Zaman Editor Dumanlı: Free media will not remain silent even if all gagged

The editor-in-chief of Turkey's best-selling daily, after being released pending trial in a government-orchestrated police operation, has vowed that the Zaman daily will continue to challenge the government's pressure over the media.

Reactions grow against gov’t-led crackdown on media

Reactions to the government-supported crackdown on free media through detentions and arrests, which aims to silence and intimidate certain media outlets, especially Zaman and STV groups, for reporting on the corruption allegations against the ruling party, continue to grow.

People across country protest media oppression and arrests

People across the country have come together to protest the government's continuing crackdown on the free media and the arrest of Samanyolu TV General Manager Hidayet Karaca and three police chiefs.

Head of TV channel arrested over script of soap opera that aired 5 years ago

An İstanbul criminal court of peace established by the government following two major graft probes that went public in December 2013 ruled for the arrest of Hidayet Karaca, Samanyolu Broadcasting Group (STV) general manager, based on evidence that came from a soap opera script.

Court rules for release of Zaman chief editor, Samanyolu manager arrested

A Turkish court ruled on Friday to release the editor-in-chief of the Zaman daily, five days after he was detained on charges of forming and leading an armed terrorist organization.

Prosecutor asks why Zaman’s editor published two columns and a news article

As part of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government's efforts to crack down on independent media outlets that are critical of the government, Ekrem Dumanlı, the editor-in-chief of the nation's best-selling daily, has been charged with "establishing and administrating an armed organization" under anti-terrorism legislation based on two op-ed pieces and one article published in his newspaper five years ago.

The state should become transparent, the media should not keep silent

Kemal Burkay*

The operation on Dec. 14 against a number of journalists and scriptwriters, including Zaman daily Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanlı and Samanyolu Broadcasting Group General Manager Hidayet Karaca, raised some concerns about media freedom within domestic and international circles. It is, of course, natural for the judiciary to investigate any illegal acts committed by suspects who were placed under detention if there is strong evidence to substantiate claims of their criminality. However, operations staged to silence and intimidate journalists, whose job is to comment on and analyze what is happening, cannot be endorsed. Such attempts weaken the state of confidence in the country and aggravate the tension.

Volunteer doctors to perform surgeries in Mali under leadership of Kimse Yok Mu

Antalya’s Manavgat Medical Foundation’s (MASADER) volunteers in cooperation with Kimse Yok Mu Foundation (KYM) will perform cataract and fistula, a postnatal disease in women, surgeries in Mali.

Kimse Yok Mu caring for Kyrgyz orphans

Kimse Yok Mu Foundation extended yet another helping hand to the orphan in Kyrgyzstan. The foundation received a group of them for an exclusive ceremony at the Ataturk-Alatoo University in the capital city Bishkek. The orphans were served dinner first and then watched the university students’ shows in their honor.

December 18, 2014

CPJ report: Turkey world’s 10th most dangerous country for journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Wednesday released a special report for 2014 designating Turkey one of the world's 10 worst countries for journalists, once again underlining the country's deteriorating situation for freedom of expression and free media.

EP slams Turkey over breaches of freedom of expression

Protests staged by people across the world who disapprove of the Dec. 14 police operations against the free media in Turkey continue to take place in front of Turkish consulates and in famous squares in several world cities.

EU criticism of mass media arrests in Turkey mounts

European Union officials are continuing to criticize Turkey for recent government-backed police operations in Turkey over the weekend in which several journalists were detained.

EPP Group on Turkey media crackdown: Do you want to join EU or not?

The European People's Party Group has condemned the recent arrests of journalists in raids by the Turkish police on a newspaper and TV station, asking Ankara if they really want to join the European Union.

Journalists, lawyers see violation of basic rights during lengthy detention

Rights violations during the four-day-long detention and interrogation of Zaman Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanlı and STV network executive Hidayet Karaca at the İstanbul Police Department on Wednesday are reminiscent of coup-time practices.

Dumanlı, Karaca referred to court for arrest, lawyers kept in dark

Zaman editor-in-chief Ekrem Dumanlı and STV network executive Hidayet Karaca have been referred to a court for arrest while their lawyers are being kept in the dark, a development observers have characterized as a "judicial scandal."

EP member: Dream of European Turkey has become nightmare

Our dream of a European Turkey has turned into a nightmare and it is time for a wake-up call, Marietje Schaake, a Dutch member of the European Parliament (EP) said in an EP plenary debate on Turkey's Sunday detention of senior journalists, police officers and screenwriters.