Friday, March 4, 2011

Coup against journalists in Turkey

"On one hand we talk about press freedom, the other journalists were arrested. Do not understand." He said in February the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardone ... and sparked a mini-crisis between Washington and Ankara, where Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accused him of being a "rookie" who was not aware of reality.

Neither understands Terkoglu Özge's wife Terkoglu Baris, one of three journalists arrested on 14 February, which meant Ricciardone. The other two are Pehlivan Soner Yalcin and Baris, all investigative reporters Odatv digital diary. "Being an intellectual in Turkey is becoming increasingly difficult.

Things are changing and we pay the price," he said. The widespread feeling of a coup against the independent press was intensified on Thursday when police arrested ten other people, including six journalists, including Nedim Sener, awarded in June as a Hero of Freedom of the Press by the International Press Institute (IPI).

The same month, Sener had been acquitted of charges of "spreading secret documents" in his book on the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, setting out the attempts to cover up the real culprits. "There is no direct relationship between Yalcin and Sener, except that all are journalists trying to do their research work," says Özge Terkoglu.

"Odatv only used public documents, but showed inconsistencies in the judgments" of the famous Ergenekon case, a macro trial in which 400 people, mostly military, are accused of planning a coup. Now Yalcin and his fellow Odatv are accused of being "members of a terrorist organization, which would have" obtained and published confidential documents "and" inciting hatred.

" Deniz Ergürel, secretary general of the Association of Turkish media, trying to swim and eat. "No one should go to jail for what he writes. Separate is whether crimes unrelated to the exercise of the profession. There is an ongoing investigation that forces us to be cautious." Remember that "in the riots of 1980 and 1997 if journalists were involved." He adds that "personally I do not think Nedim Sener has committed a crime, but still do not know what data is or what the police have found Odatv." Özge Terkoglu thinks he knows: nothing.

"A Baris Soner and interrogated them for what they published, then showed them documents allegedly found on computers Odatv. We could show that they had been introduced into the discs using a 'Trojan' and removed after less than a minute. But the judge said he did not understand the technicalities and ordered detention.


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