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Turkish Justice and Blasphemy: Why pianist Fazil Say was convicted – Die Zeit

Turkish Justice and Blasphemy: Why pianist Fazil Say was convicted – Die Zeit

By | April 29, 2013 at 12:30 am | 7 comments

Michael Thumann (Die Zeit) The decision on blasphemy which sounds like a verdict by a court in an Iranian city was taken by a 19th Magistrates’ Court in Istanbul. Most famous pianist in Turkey, Fazil Say was convicted on charges of blasphemy against Islam for ten months in...

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The Perfect Shampoo for a War in Syria: “The Biomen Society” for Ultimate Obedience

The Perfect Shampoo for a War in Syria: “The Biomen Society” for Ultimate Obedience

By | April 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm | No comments

Ece Temelkuran "Since you don’t wear a women's outfit you should not use women's shampoo! Now you have a 100 percent men's shampoo. If you are a man, you use Biomen!" says Hitler in a dubbed advertisement on Turkish TV channels. The shampoo ad explains a lot about the...

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A House Divided Against Itself: The Deteriorating State Of Media Freedom in Turkey

A House Divided Against Itself: The Deteriorating State Of Media Freedom in Turkey

By | February 8, 2012 at 3:36 am | One comment

Gareth Jenkins Most international attention has focused on the more than 100 journalists who are now in jail in Turkey as a result of what they have written or said. But more pernicious – and ultimately much more corrosive to freedom of expression – is the widespread...

Posted in: Featured, Freedom of Expression, Opinion, Turkey

Paul Auster: “the freedom to speak and publish is sacred”

Paul Auster: “the freedom to speak and publish is sacred”

By | February 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm | No comments

On an interview he gave previously to a Turkish daily, renown American writer Paul Auster said he will not visit Turkey due to the lack of freedom of speech in the country and due to number of imprisoned journalists. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan today called Auster...

Posted in: Featured, Freedom of Expression, News, Turkey

Turkish journalists are very frightened – but we must fight this intimidation

Turkish journalists are very frightened – but we must fight this intimidation

By | January 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm | One comment

A journalist's murder and jailing of two others is an attempt to silence the media – but it makes me more determined to speak Including my emotionless "thank you", the phone conversation lasted less than a minute. "The newspaper's owner has decided… Er… not to… renew...

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Voices of violence

Voices of violence

By | January 11, 2012 at 10:39 am | One comment

The verdict is there: RojTV, the Kurdish TVchannel broadcasting from Belgium with a Danish license, will not be closed. Good news! A victory for the freedom of speech. Having said that, I deeply wish for RojTV to disappear naturally, or at least to radically change. I have...

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Free… Journalists… Journalism… Journo… J…

Free… Journalists… Journalism… Journo… J…

By | January 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm | No comments

We are selfish creatures. That I always knew. "We" have to get the news. "We" have to report them first in "our" medium. In most of the cases "we" are far above the truth. We are the journalists. We bend the facts, we manipulate perception, we make it look like if we didn't...

Posted in: Featured, Freedom of Expression, Kurds, Opinion

Court Defenses of Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener « Turkey press freedom

Court Defenses of Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener « Turkey press freedom

By | January 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm | No comments

Court Defenses of Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener « Turkey press freedom. (In English) Ahmet Şık Tam metin savunması 5.1.2012 (Türkçe) Nedim Şener Tam metin savunması...

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Remembering ‘Ravished Armenia’: Arshaluys (Aurora) Mardiganian’s take on Genocide

Remembering ‘Ravished Armenia’: Arshaluys (Aurora) Mardiganian’s take on Genocide

By | December 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm | No comments

Yesterday a bill passed at French parliament criminalizing negation of modern times genocides. The bill proposes jail-time and fines for people who publicly deny, say the Armenian Genocide of 1915 by the Ottoman Empire causing havoc among academics most of whom claim this act is...

Posted in: Armenians, Featured, Freedom of Expression, Opinion

Thousands Protest Detention of Journalists in KCK Probe

By | December 21, 2011 at 9:24 am | No comments

[caption id="attachment_1536" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Photo courtesy of @ElifIlgaz"][/caption] Yesterday evening thousands gathered at Taksim Square in Istanbul to protest detention of over 20 journalists the same day by Turkish law enforcement on charges of...

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