Turkey's Press Crackdown Continues

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    yea, well, they are shifting to a 'new paradigm' anyway so this fits right in. ;)



    Turkey's Press Crackdown Continues
    Journalists are being jailed for an alleged coup plot and we all assume our phones are tapped.
    by ASLI AYDINTASBAS

    Istanbul

    This is what it is like to be a journalist in the world's "model Muslim democracy": Last week, on my first day back at the office after a vacation, I was planning to have lunch with my colleague Nedim Sener, a well-known investigative reporter whose desk at our newspaper, Milliyet, is near mine.

    But Nedim wasn't at his desk on Thursday. It turned out he was among a group of journalists detained early in the morning for supposedly trying to overthrow the government.

    Since 2007, more than a hundred uniformed and retired military officials, secular dissidents, journalists and academics have been arrested for allegedly belonging to a secret organization, Ergenekon, plotting to overthrow the government. Add in the widespread use of wiretaps, and you'll begin to get a sense of what it's like to be a journalist critical of the Turkish government. We live in an atmosphere of constant fear.

    It is the Kafkaesque nature of these trials against journalists that kills me. It takes months before you see an indictment and years until your case is properly heard. Mustafa Balbay, a columnist for Turkey's foremost secular paper, Cumhuriyet, has been in jail for 730 days. He stands accused of helping the coup by deciding not to publish his off-the-record conversations with generals in 2003.

    Our colleague Nedim has written award-winning books. One unearthed police misconduct in the 2007 assassination of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, and another exposed the influence of Fethullah Gulen—an Islamic preacher living in the United States—on Turkish security forces. For his investigative work, he was named World Press Freedom Hero by the International Press Institute in 2010.

    Yet Nedim stands accused, along with Ahmet Sik, a fellow reporter and human rights activist, and journalists working for the antigovernment website Od********, of acting upon the orders of Ergenekon and working to create "the psychological environment" to further its goals. Right.

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    But over the past few years, democracy has been reduced to majoritarianism, and the media have become less and less free. Currently there are some 50 journalists and writers in jail, and nearly 4,000 pending lawsuits against journalists.

    In 2007, the newspaper where I worked as the Ankara bureau chief, Sabah, was taken over by the government and sold to a businessman close to the government. The paper, once Turkey's second-largest daily, now doesn't publish a single item critical of the government.

    In 2008, the Ergenekon investigations made it clear that the nation's most prominent Turkish journalists are routinely wiretapped. In 2009—the year when YouTube was banned in Turkey; it no longer is—a record tax fine of $3.5 billion (yes, billion) dollars was levied on Turkey's largest secular media group, Dogan Holding, after a public spat with the government. Everyone took this as a warning.

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    Aydintasbas: Turkey's Press Crackdown Continues - WSJ.com
     
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    They will make alcohol illegal and have their women in burkas before they know it.
     
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    I am sure Ekrem will set us straight as to why that won't happen...and why the free press doesn't appear so free anymore....Live at 5 ;)
     
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    The loss of truth is the loss of rights. We see what is happening in Turkey. Regardless of the stuff ekrem spams.
     
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    I have been to Turkey 10 years ago, on my way back from Saudi Arabia, it is a shame they are taking the direction they are taking.
     
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    They bomb publishing houses that dare to publish books that disagree with the Turkish goverment, anyone who is declared an enemy of the state of the Turkish government is put in Jail or killed (especially in the case of Dink), it appears they will start doing the same to people wanting a more democratic Turkey and more civil liberties, and Turkish journalists reporting on subjects that put the government in bad light. If they really were planning a revolution to overthrow the Turkish government you can't blame them.
     
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    Felice Casson, the Italian Gladio-Prossecutor has arrested about 600 people. Including Journalists.

    We can't tolerate power-structures outside of the constitution, who have weapon caches and are plotting to overthrow governments (people's will).

    Gladio prosecutor Casson: Ergenekon-like organizations spread like cancer
    Former Italian President Cossiga says Turkish Gladio was unique

    If the arrested Journalists are not guilty, they will be released.
     
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    The Malatya killings of 3 Christians publishing and distributing Christian books are part of Ergenekon investigation.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ergenekon_(organization)
     
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    From a total of about 400 people as part of Ergenekon investigation.
    Chief Prosecutor is Zekeriya Oz.

    There is seperation of powers. Ergenekon investigation is not being done by the Government, but by the Judiciary.
     
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