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

Housing meeting postponed

first_imgTwitter Previous articleOver €411,000 in funding for Limerick roads under Local Improvement Scheme says Fine Gael senatorNext articleThe Stranglers: No More Heroes anymore? Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Fianna Fáil has decided to postpone the public meeting on Housing which was scheduled to take place this Thursday in Limerick, due to the severe weather warning for the coming days. The meeting will now be held on Monday, March 26th at 8pm in the Strand Hotel, Ennis Rd., Limerick. The meeting forms part of a series of regional events on the housing crisis.for more breaking news click here  Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook TAGSFianna Fáilhousing crisisHousing meetinglimericksevere weatherwarning Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsBreaking newsHousing meeting postponedBy Bernie English – February 27, 2018 3685 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more