Court acquits journalist who interviewed Kurdish separatist

first_img Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Reporters Without Borders hails journalist Ertugrul Mavioglu’s acquittal by an Istanbul court today on a charge of “propaganda in support of a terrorist organization” for interviewing Murat Karayilan of the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK), which the authorities regard as the urban wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).The interview was published in three instalments in the newspaper Radikal in October 2010. Mavioglu had been facing the possibility of a seven-and-a-half-year jail sentence under article 7 (2) of Law 3713, the Anti-Terrorism Law. The newspaper’s editor, Hasan Kiliç, was also acquitted.Mavioglu said he was “appalled and pained as a Turkish citizen” by the impossibility of publishing an article with the least reference to a “terrorist” or “terrorist organization.”Turkey’s Anti-Terrorism Law poses a major danger for journalists who dare to cover the demands of Turkey’s Kurdish minority.——31.03.2013 – Courts continue to hound journalists who cover Kurdish minority issuesReporters Without Borders regrets that, despite the government’s denials, the demands of Turkey’s Kurdish minority continue to be off-limits for the country’s media. At least six people have been charged or convicted this month under Anti-Terrorist Law No. 3713 for writing about the subject.The Anti-Terrorist Law will be 20 years old on 12 April. It quickly became a weapon that could be used relentlessly against journalists who dare to broach the problem of minorities. This month’s trials have offered further examples of the appalling and insane way it is used to impose severe sentences on both writers and editors. Ibrahim Cesmecioglu, the editor of the newspaper Birgün, and Hakan Tahmaz, one of its columnists, were convicted of “reproducing a statement or communiqué by a terrorist organization” under article 6 of the Anti-Terrorist Law for an August 2008 article headlined “A unilateral ceasefire would increase the problem.” It quoted Murat Karayilan, a representative of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who was interviewed in Qandil, in Iraqi Kurdistan.Citing article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights, the prosecutor ended up urging their acquittal on the grounds that they had exercised their right to cover a newsworthy subject. But the Istanbul court’s presiding judge nonetheless sentenced Tahmaz to 10 months in prison for writing the article and Cesmecioglu to a fine of 16,600 Turkish lira (1,600 euros) for publishing it.The same court convicted Mehmet Güler, the author of a book entitled “The global state and the stateless Kurds” that was published in May 2010, and his publisher, Ragip Zarakolu, on 10 March on a charge of “PKK propaganda,” sentencing Güler to 18 months in prison and Zarakolu to a fine of 16,600 Turkish lira (1,600 euros).In this case again, the prosecutor had described a prison sentence as “disproportionate and contrary to the requirements of a democratic society.” Their conviction was an example of judicial persecution inasmuch as both men were already convicted on the same charge in connection with another book in June 2010. The journalist Ertugrul Mavioglu has meanwhile been charged with “PKK propaganda” for an interview with Karayilan published in three instalments in the newspaper Radikal from 28 to 30 October 2010. The case is due to be tried soon and its similarity with the Tahmaz and Cesmecioglu case suggests he will also be convicted. The charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.After expressing a readiness to make concessions to the Kurds in 2009, the authorities seem to be reverting to a hard line in the Kurdish issue. The modest political opening seems to have had no impact on the way the courts treat journalists.There was another example of indiscriminate repression at Newroz, the Kurdish New Year that is celebrated in the east of the country with demonstrations. On the night of 21 March, Necip Capraz of the local newspaper Yüksekova Haber was detained along with 10 other people in the southeastern city of Hakkari on suspicion of membership of the Turkish Assembly of the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK/TM), which is allegedly linked to the PKK.Capraz underwent heart surgery a year ago and is in poor health. He was arrested exactly three years earlier after being the victim of violence while covering a pro-Kurdish demonstration. A well-known journalist in Turkey’s Kurdish southeast, he was awarded the Press Solidarity Prize in 2005 by the Association of Contemporary Journalists (CGD).The authorities also went after foreign reporters. The German photo-journalist Benjamin Hiller was arrested while covering a demonstration by the Kurdish Democratic Party (BDP) in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. Verbally assailed and accused of taking illegal photos, he was taken into police custody before finally being released an hour and a half later. The problem of Turkey’s minorities is such a sensitive topic that even mentioning it is often perceived as an attack on the country’s unity. Turkey’s Nobel literature laureate, Orhan Pamuk, was sentenced on appeal on 28 March to a fine of 6,000 Turkish lira (730 euros) for saying in an interview published in Switzerland in 2005 that “30,000 Kurds and a million Armenians have been killed in this country.” The sheer fact of his conviction is very significant.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its appeal to the judicial authorities to stop criminalizing the expression of views about issues of great interest to Turkish society.The press freedom organization plans to visit Turkey in early April for the 20th anniversary of the Anti-Terrorist Law and to investigate the persecution of journalists in recent weeks. 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David Busst backs Manchester United’s Luke Shaw to overcome broken leg agony

first_imgDavid Busst has offered Manchester United and England left-back Luke Shaw hope of a return to action before the end of the season. Press Association Former Coventry defender Busst suffered a horrific leg break against United at Old Trafford in 1996 after colliding with Denis Irwin and Brian McClair and retired from the game a few months later. Busst needed 26 operations and contracted the MRSA virus but he is confident Shaw, 20, who sustained a double fracture of his right leg in Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat at PSV Eindhoven, will make a full recovery. center_img He told The Sun: “It wasn’t the actual fractures that stopped me from playing, it was the infections. “But so long as it’s a clean break and there is no infection, there shouldn’t be a major issue for Luke.” last_img read more

NOC Wants Corporate Nigeria to Play Leading Role in Sports Devt

first_img“Government cannot do it alone any more. The Corporate Nigeria must play a leading role henceforth in sports development,” the Olympic body noted.As a way of ending the unnecessary conflicts plaguing most of the national sports federations whose boards were elected last June in Abuja, NOC directed them to review their constitutions immediately and align them with their international body’s rules and guidelines.“All national federations must conclude matters of reviews and approval of such statutes by their congresses and international federations on or before June 30, 2018 with ratified copies submitted to the Nigeria Olympic Committee,” part of the communiqué stated.Also, the NOC called on the federations to encourage their members seeking positions in international bodies to achieve their aims, saying such moves would aid Nigeria’s sports development.“Nigerians aspiring for positions in international federation and confederation boards should be encouraged by all means as they play very important roles in the delivery of results by athletes in the sports field.“As a result, the “pull-him-down” syndrome, where current federation officials constitute barriers to election or re-election of eligible Nigerians should be discouraged,” it noted.NOC restated its resolve to continue to work with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports for the overall development of the sector in the countryIt therefore urged all stakeholders to ensure that Nigerian athletes excel at the various international multi-sport games line up for next year. They include; the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Africa Youth Games in Algiers, Algeria in 2018 and the Winter Olympic Games (Bobsled) in Korea 2018.Other upcoming events include; the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the 2019 All Africa Games. Tokyo is to host the next Olympic Games in 2010 in Japan.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has thrown its weights behind calls for the private sector to take up leading roles in financing of sports in the country.Rising from its Annual General Meeting in Lagos on Tuesday, the NOC insisted that the federal and state governments can no longer be left to bear the responsibilities of sports funding given the dwindling resources available to them.In a seven-point communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, NOC observed that corporate bodies in Nigeria were not committed enough to supporting sports and therefor appealed to such bodies and philanthropists to support sports.last_img read more


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Humboldt State athletic director finalists to visit in April

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Believe it: Scotch and shuffleboard were the catalysts for 2007 Warriors’ playoff takedown of Dallas

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How Madison Bumgarner might fit with reported free-agency suitors

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Video: Cape Town’s Concert in the Dark

first_imgOn 28 March 2009, South Africans joined people around the world in turning off their lights for an hour to take a stand against global warming – and the people of Cape Town made sure they had fun while doing it! Cyclists took it in turns to cycle for three days in order to generate the energy to light The Concert in the Dark, while Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille counted down to the big event – the switching off of the lights on Table Mountain.Click arrow to play video.last_img

Wave Technology Lives On In Google’s New Shared Spaces

first_imgaudrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google has quietly launched a new Labs project today – Google Shared Spaces. Based on Google Wave gadgets technology, Shared Spaces is designed to be an easy way to create and share collaborative applications. As Shared Spaces uses Wave technology, there are already 50 different gadgets available, including shared maps, scheduling tools, polls, Sudoku games, and drawing boards. Shared Spaces seems to be a fairly easy way to quickly share a workspace with a friend or colleague. You simply share the space’s URL to invite others to join. There’s a chat box for real-time communication, but it appears that the work space persists, meaning you can use it for longer-term work as well. So, will more folks adopt Wave in this format? According to the description on the Google Labs site, Javascript developers will be able to build their own gadgets in order to build more Shared Spaces tools. However, the link to Shared Spaces via the Google’s Labs page returns an error message, so perhaps Shared Spaces – (oh dear) much like Wave – isn’t quite ready for prime time. (Here’s the direct link to Shared Spaces.) A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Create and Animate the YouTube UI in Adobe After Effects

first_imgLearn how to break down the UI of the world’s second largest search engine, and create your own animated YouTube channel.Cover image via Shutterstock.Recreating the UI of any platform can seem like a lot at first, but once you inspect each individual element, it becomes easier to understand the layout. YouTube has been around for over ten years, which means the platform has been in the design works for a long time. Though, YouTube has undergone updates and will continue to change, after watching this tutorial, you’ll be able to take years of work and recreate it within minutes.This After Effects tutorial focuses on the the UI of YouTube’s channel page. However, if you want to recreate the home page or the video page, this tutorial will provide the guidance you will need.Why Recreate the YouTube UI in After Effects?There are many reasons why you might want to redesign the UI of social media platforms. You may have a project that requires a screenshot of a video page or channel. If so, now you can bring boring screenshots to animated life! You can direct attention to important elements, like subscriber and view counts. Instead of showing a simple YouTube icon at the end of your video, you can physically show people specific elements of your channel. The ability to recreate the YouTube UI will give you the power to draw amazing attention to detail.What you will learn from this Adobe After Effects YouTube tutorialWhether you are new to After Effects or have been using it for some time, there are several great takeaways from this tutorial:Design a expansive YouTube user interfaceQuickly recreate elementsDuplicate your workflow to design and animate the layoutDraw attention to specific elementsFollow along with a free After Effects project file, which you can download by clicking the button below.DOWNLOAD FREE YOUTUBE AE PROJECT FILEEnjoy the tutorial and good luck! Want to learn how to recreate the Instagram and Twitter UI?We recently created a tutorial on how to recreate the layout of the image sharing site, Instagram. We also showed you how to create animated tweets and replies. Check them out too.Create and Animate the UI of Instagram with Adobe After EffectsLearn How to Animate Twitter Conversations in After Effectslast_img read more