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The End of Hesitation

The End of Hesitation

By | June 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm | No comments

"This cannot go on" said a journalist friend, referring to the oppression of the media, of Kurdish politics, the silencing of society and rising authoritarianism in Turkey. In return I asked: "Do you mean 'It is impossible for it to go on like this' or 'I will not let it go on...

Posted in: Featured, Opinion

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...

Posted in: Featured, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights

Ordinary Miracles

Ordinary Miracles

By | March 17, 2012 at 11:07 am | No comments

The original article "Ordinary Miracles" was published at Al Akhbar English on March 16, 2012.   "An inadequate justice will not bring democracy to this country. Our release from prison does not mean much. The freedom of expression must not be on the agenda only when we...

Posted in: Featured, Turkey

Why I’m unhappy about the release of Şık and Şener

Why I’m unhappy about the release of Şık and Şener

By | March 13, 2012 at 11:44 am | One comment

So much for the world wide attention for press freedom in Turkey. The two most famous Turkish journalists in jail, Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener, were set free on Monday night, pending trial. Joy all over the place and I’m happy for them too; but in a way it also makes me...

Posted in: Featured, Opinion

List of Journalists in Jail in Turkey

List of Journalists in Jail in Turkey

By | March 7, 2012 at 8:53 am | 11 comments

Below you will find the whole list of detained/arrested/convicted journalists based on their opinion, writings or publications (although in some cases even pre-publication.) This is the list of disgrace of democracy in Turkey. As of March 7, 2012 there are 104 (one hundred and...

Posted in: Featured, Human Rights

Turkey: Attacks on the Press: 2011. (CPJ)

Turkey: Attacks on the Press: 2011. (CPJ)

By | February 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm | No comments

The article is published on Committee to Protect Journalists web site. In a series of articles the Committee analyzes the attacks on journalists in several regions. Here's the one about Turkey: Discarding Reform, Turkey Uses the Law to Repress By Robert Mahoney A critical...

Posted in: Featured, Turkey

An open letter to Slavoj Žižek

An open letter to Slavoj Žižek

By | February 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm | One comment

This article written by Ece Temelkuran is published on New Statesman Blog on Febrıary 17th, 2012. Turkey's record on human rights means it is no model for the Arab world. On his recent visit to Turkey, the philosopher Slavoj Žižek praised the country and suggested that it...

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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

Doha Debates: Is Turkey a bad model for the new Arab states?

Doha Debates: Is Turkey a bad model for the new Arab states?

By | January 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm | No comments

Watch the video of Doha Debates at Bosphorus University back on January 12th. Debaters: Ece Temelkuran and Hasan Mneimneh for; Sinan Ulgen and Aboubakr Jamai. S08E04 - Turkey - The debate from The Doha Debates on...

Posted in: News, Turkey

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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