August 17, 2016
NEW YORK - Turkish authorities should immediately drop all charges against the country's oldest pro-Kurdish daily newspaper, Özgür Gündem, and its staff, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement Tuesday. Following a court order shuttering the newspaper, police in Istanbul raided Özgür Gündem's office and detained at least 21 journalists, according to news reports.
"Turkish authorities have subjected Özgür Gündem'sstaff to relentless judicial harassment for years," CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said. "July's failed military coup in no way justifies closing this pro-Kurdish newspaper or detaining journalists for their work. We call on authorities to release all of the journalists taken into custody and allow the newspaper to publish freely."
According to the news channel IMC TV and the pro-Kurdish DÄ°HA news agency, police detained at least 17 Özgür Gündem journalists: Günay Aksoy, Kemal Bozkurt, Reyhan HacÄ±oÄŸlu, Önder ElaldÄ±, Ender ÖndeÅŸ, Sinan BalÄ±k, Davut Uçar, FÄ±rat YeÅŸilçÄ±nar, Ä°nan KÄ±zÄ±lkaya, Zeki Erden, Elif AydoÄŸmuÅŸ, Bilir Kaya, Ersin Çaksu, Sevdiye Ergürbüz, Amine DemirkÄ±ran, Bayram BalcÄ±, and Burcu Özkaya. Police also detained two DÄ°HA reporters at the scene, Özgür Paksoy and Mesut Kaynar, the news agency reported. Police also detained IMC TV journalist Gülfem KarataÅŸ and cameraman Gökhan Çetin, who were filming the raid, the station reported. The station's live broadcast showed what were apparently plainclothes police confiscating the news channel's camera.
According to a photograph purportedly showing the court order posted on Twitter by the volunteer journalist collective 140 journos, Özgür Gündem faces charges of propagandizing for a terrorist organization - the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which the Turkish government lists as a terrorist group -- incitement to insurrection, and publishing articles that threaten the security and territorial integrity of the state. CPJ was not immediately able to verify the photograph's authenticity. - Committee to Protect Journalists
The Express Tribune, April 9, 2018
As we move into the second week of the stay-home directive, many of us must be discovering a new inner self, and how much we take for granted and miss it sorely when it is gone.Read more... | Archives
A study conducted by JournalismPakistan.com and Communications Research Strategies on the economic situation of slain journalists' families and journalists displaced due to security threats.