Nearly 70 journalists prosecuted for covering corruption investigation

first_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Follow the news on Turkey News Türkçe / Read in TurkishThe parliamentary commission that has been investigating corruption allegations involving former Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s cabinet for more than a year decided by majority yesterday not to pursue the investigation into the four former ministers concerned.This decision has the effect of ending the ban on media coverage of the commission’s hearings, which an Ankara court imposed on 25 November and which many of the most critical media had ignored. More than 70 Turkish media representatives are currently the subject of judicial proceedings for referring to the corruption allegations against these close associates of the former prime minister, who is now the president.The targeted journalists include well-known TV presenter Sedef Kabas, who was detained for questioning in Istanbul on 30 December after sending a tweet criticizing Judge Hadi Salioglu for closing a corruption investigation in October. Her mobile phone and other equipment were seized during a search of her home.Released on a judge’s order despite a prosecutor’s attempt to keep her under judicial control, she has also received threats from members of the ruling AKP party.Mehmet Baransu, an opposition journalist who writes for the newspaper Taraf, was arrested for the fourth time on 30 December for severely criticizing Mustafa Varank, one of President Erdogan’s advisers, in a tweet.———26.11.2014 Ban on coverage of corruption probe’s questioning of four ex-ministersReporters Without Borders urges Turkey’s judicial system to reverse an Ankara court’s political and totally disproportionate decision on 25 November to ban media coverage of the questioning of four former ministers by a parliamentary commission that is investigating major corruption allegations. Türkçe / Read in TurkishCoverage of this corruption story has repeatedly been obstructed ever since it broke nearly a year ago, triggering a political crisis.The grounds given for the gag order imposed by the Ankara magistrates’ court on 25 November were the need to protect the confidentiality of the investigation and the presumption of innocence.The court accepted the need to “prevent any violation of the personal rights” of the four ex-ministers – Zafer Çağlayan, Muammer Güler, Egemen Bağiş and Erdoğan Bayraktar – and to “protect their reputation.”After many delays, the commission finally began questioning the former ministers yesterday, when Bayraktar, the former environment and urban planning minister, appeared before the panel. Bağiş, the former European affairs minister, is to be questioned today.“Defamation and violation of the presumption of innocence are already penalized under Turkish law and can be the subject of judicial proceedings if they are thought to have occurred,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and central Asia desk.“But banning any reference to this event in advance, even by means of images, constitutes unjustifiable censorship of media coverage. The public debate cannot overlook the fact that four former ministers are suspected of corruption, especially as this case has dominated Turkish politics for the past year.”The story broke when police and judicial investigators questioned dozens of leading figures after carrying out a series of raids on 17 and 25 December 2013. Those detained for questioning included the sons of four ministers, the CEO of a state bank and a construction magnate.The government reacted angrily to what is regarded as a plot by its former political allies in the Gülen fraternity, an influential religious movement with many members within the police and justice system.Hundreds of police officers, inspectors, judges and prosecutors were fired during the following months, with the result that the investigation into one of the main aspects of the case was closed in October. Lack of action by the specially created parliamentary commission of enquiry led many commentators to conclude that its sole purpose was to allay suspicion of a cover-up.The authorities have repeatedly obstructed media coverage of the case as it continued to dominate the public debate during the past year. Journalists have been fired, critical websites have been blocked and the intelligence services have been given broad powers to spy on the population. The gag order issued on 25 November is effective until the scheduled end of the parliamentary enquiry on 27 December, which conveniently includes the two anniversaries of last December’s raids. An Istanbul criminal court already imposed a gag order in February on businessman Reza Zarrab’s role in the alleged corruption. Gag orders are becoming more frequent and extensive in Turkey. One was imposed in June on Islamic State’s abduction of 80 Turkish citizens in Iraq. In January, one was imposed on mysterious trucks travelling to Syria that several media suspected were arm convoys organized by the Turkish intelligence services. A gag order was issued in May 2013 on the bombings in Reyhanli, on the Syrian border.Turkey is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.(Photos: Ozan Kose / AFP, Bianet) News Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 2, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img RSF_en News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out more January 6, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Nearly 70 journalists prosecuted for covering corruption investigation Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Related documents RSF: Temelsiz, Politik, Peşin Sansür KaldırılmalıPDF – 67.49 KBcp_turquie_07.01.2015-2.pdfPDF – 87.81 KB Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

“Employability skills” key for graduates

first_imgLinkedin Advertisement Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision TAGSeducationLimerick College of Further EducationPat Maunsell LCFE director News“Employability skills” key for graduatesBy John Keogh – October 30, 2014 859 Twitter Students in Limerick colleges to benefit from more than €1.5M funding to assist with online learning Print Previous articlePremier night party for film festivalNext articleSophie’s legacy John Keogh Facebookcenter_img Applied Social Studies graduates at the recent Limerick College of Further Education graduation ceremony Applied Social Studies graduates at the recent Limerick College of Further Education graduation ceremonyTHIRD level research has emphasised the need for a shift “from skills for employment towards skills for ‘employability’”, according to Limerick College of Further Education director Pat Maunsell.Speaking at the college’s annual graduation ceremony last week, he said: “Today, one has to be a lifelong learner. You must be good at learning. Recent research emphasizes the shift from skills for employment towards skills for ‘employability. Skills such as good communication, interpersonal and ICT skills are crucial for success today because all jobs require them.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Maunsell also said that the LCFE can play a key role in the region’s economic recovery.He continued: “This fast-paced world is constantly changing and the future will be challenging for all of us.  We live in difficult economic times where there are financial and other pressures on us all.  The indicators are though that things are picking up.  We believe that LCFE can play an important role in the recovery of the Limerick and Clare region and play a significant role in getting people back to work and onto to higher education if they so wish.”Almost 250 learners received awards in various disciplines and the ceremony, held in The Strand Hotel, was attended by more than 750 guests and graduates. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge Email Consultation process on a new action plan for apprenticeship launched Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Education and Training Board serves up award winning standards WhatsApplast_img read more

On Compliance: Growing opportunities in cannabis banking

first_imgToday’s hemp, marijuana and marijuana-related businesses continue to grow as once-limited markets gain favor nationwide. As more states update their laws on how these products are regulated, MRBs are being established as respectable businesses in local communities—ones that require banking services. As a result, more credit unions now find themselves in a position to serve these local businesses but are learning that successfully navigating often evolving regulatory requirements that govern the industry can still be very tricky—especially as it relates to the Bank Secrecy Act and suspicious activity reporting.Credit unions looking to do business in this arena need to know some key things about the industry they will be serving. Marijuana, hemp and industrial hemp are considered subspecies of cannabis. Industrial hemp has been removed from the list of “Schedule 1” substances and is technically legal from a federal standpoint. However, there is still some degree of the unknown at play as hemp can only legally contain 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the principle psychoactive constituent of cannabis) or less. Depending on the licensing of the farm, the plants may need to be destroyed.Credit unions entering this space should do their homework to understand the industry and the associated risks. Some things to consider when deciding to bank MRBs are: Will the credit union service hemp and marijuana, or hemp only? What will the credit union do if it later finds an existing member is involved in an industry the credit union has chosen not to service? What types of products and services will be offered? Will the credit union have the infrastructure, like adequate staffing, to handle the monitoring of these high-risk accounts? These are just some of the considerations the board must consider when determining if it is willing to accept the risk in servicing MRBs. In addition, related policies and procedures should be drafted that address which types of MRBs the credit union will do business with. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more