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Turkish Journalist in Germany Concerned Over Life Amid Threats From Erdogan

As the whole world still struggles to make sense of the shroud of fog over the mysterious case of a Saudi journalist whose sudden disappearance in Istanbul shuddered the international community, a Turkish journalist living in self-imposed exile in Germany has expressed fears over his own wellbeing and his family’s safety in Turkey.

Can Dundar, former editor-in-chief of the opposition Cumhuriyet daily, revealed his deep-seated anxiety and dread over threats by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Speaking in an interview with Deutsche Welle, Dundar said Erdogan’s opponents are at risk everywhere in the world. His remarks came in the wake of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s startling disappearance in Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The incident is still riddled with mystery and enigma, with little answers available over a set of questions about the fate of the critical journalist.

Dundar has found himself again in the crosshairs of the Turkish president as he accused the journalist at a recent press conference in Berlin of being a foreign spy working for foreign governments. In the eyes of the Turkish government, he has already been painted as an enemy figure after the Cumhuriyet, under his editorial watch, published records of Turkey’s arms shipment to the warring sides in Syria in 2015.

President Erdogan vowed to not let him go without a punishment for leaking “classified state secrets.” After serving a brief time in jail, the journalist was released pending trial. He survived an assassination attempt outside Istanbul Caglayan Courthouse.

It was the last straw that paved the way for his departure from Turkey en route to Germany. But the Turkish authorities seized her wife’s passport and did not allow her to travel with Dundar.

In remarks to Deutsche Welle, Dundar dismissed Erdogan’s spy allegations as politically motivated.

When asked about Erdogan’s treason and spy remarks, Dundar called the Turkish strongman a liar.

“Because there are no journalists in jail on terrorist charges. They are all convicted or accused of leaking state secrets, writing against the government, being critical about the government’s policies, etc.. So they are just journalists, not terrorists,” he told Deutsche Welle. “But calling that kind of thing terrorism is a kind of traditional attitude of this government, unfortunately,” he added.

Dundar whose family is still in Turkey is extremely worried about their wellbeing. He thinks that the Erdogan government keeps her wife as a hostage in Turkey.

When Erdogan was invited to Germany for an official visit, the invitation divided political parties and generated a heated debate over how to handle with an increasingly unruly and authoritarian leader. Many parties in Bundestag expressed their opposition to Erdogan’s visit.

When asked about Germany’s response to Erdogan so far regarding the state of political affairs in Turkey, Dundar appeared satisfied with the messages and calls clearly conveyed by the German side to the Turkish leader during his visit to Berlin in late September.

In the beginning, Dundar thought that the German approach was meek and tepid against Erdogan’s crackdown on media and democracy in Turkey. But later, the Turkish journalist has begun to appreciate Germany’s dire challenge to tread a delicate balancing act between pushing Ankara for democratic reforms and the need to preserve the bilateral relationship as smoothly as possible.

On Thursday, writing for Foreign Policy, Steven Cook shared Dundar’s concerns in the face of threats from authoritarian leaders.

“Ours is an era of international thuggishness combined with a total absence of norms. That makes everyone a target,” he wrote, delving into the riddling case of Saudi journalist and recalling the authoritarian shift in the past decade around the world.

From Egpyt to China, from Turkey to Hungary and Venezuela, dissidents and critical journalists increasingly feel less safe. The unknown fate of Khashoggi remains as a dreadful warning and lesson for others to see. Dundar is one of them. Facing Erdogan’s incessant threats, he is right to be concerned and alarmed.

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Disappearance of Saudi Journalist in Istanbul Consulate Stuns Whole World

The disappearance or alleged murder of a critical Saudi journalist in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul has created shockwaves across the world and sent a chilling echo for other Saudi dissidents across the region.

According to the Turkish authorities, Jamal Khashoggi has been killed by Saudi agents and his body was dismembered. Riyadh has categorically denied those allegations and pledged to work with the Turkish officials for a robust and thorough investigation to enlighten the incident.

The international community, already dismayed and alarmed by acts of the increasing violence against members of the media world, is, quite understandably, rattled by the startling case of Khashoggi. And it came after INTERPOL’s Chinese president’s arrest in China, adding a new layer of anxiety over the international fallout of domestic political score-settling.

If the Turkish claims about murder are true, it represents completely a new phase in the crackdown on critical journalists. The venue of the incident, a consulate, serves as a stark reminder for dissidents living abroad about the stakes of any form of engagement or contact with an official body of their home country. No critic would feel safe to enter a consulate or a diplomatic compound of a given country, without having second thoughts after the Khashoggi incident.

The Turkish government appeared appalled and therefore reacted in indignation against the Saudi act breaching diplomatic norms in blatant disregard of the friendly relationship that mostly defined the nature of bilateral ties between the two powers of the Middle East.

Still, the case remains to be a matter of puzzling mystery, with both Turkish and Saudi sides lacking credibility to bolster their narratives. While pro-government media and some anonymous Turkish security sources were quick to squarely pin the blame on the Kingdom, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has struck a measured and cautious tone, refraining from finger-pointing at Riyadh.

Khashoggi was last seen on Saturday. His fiancee Hatice Cengiz told media that he went to the Consulate but never showed up again. The Turkish media released video footage of a group of people believed to be Saudi agents were specifically assigned by Riyadh to kill and remove the journalist’s body. But the Turkish authorities did never offer evidence to back up their claims, while the Saudi side also stumbled in its account of the story by failing to prove Khashoggi’s departure from the Consulate via camera footage.

The issue has expectedly unsettled Turkey’s political landscape and created an uproar. But,
considering Turkey’s own dismal record in mind, Ankara’s concerns for morality and norms ring hollow and seem self-contradictory. Steven Cook, writing for Foreign Policy, addressed such moral contradictions in a recent op-ed.

Not long ago, Turkey’s intelligence operatives, in cooperation with local security agency, conducted a bold operation in Moldova to snatch a group of teachers linked with a civil society movement critical of President Erdogan’s rule.

Here a question emerges. Where did the Saudi regime get such confidence to push the boundaries of handling with critics with that extreme path? The question appears more pertinent after bearing Turkey’s similar operations in mind. It is no exaggeration, after all, to meditate that it was Ankara’s brutal clampdown on opponents at home and abroad with all means available that would have encouraged Riyadh to execute the murder or steered the disappearance act in its consulate in Turkey, but not somewhere else.

In this respect, Turkey’s own practices might plausibly have emboldened Saudi Arabia. Turkey used its own embassy in Kosovo to spirit Gulen-affiliated teachers away from the country. Similar methods also took place in Ukraine, Pakistan, Malaysia and Gabon where Turkey’s diplomatic compounds served as launchpads for conducting operations. Both Ankara’s use of its diplomatic facilities as a cover to disguise its intelligence operations and the disappearance of a journalist in Saudi Consulate in Istanbul mark a new step in countries’ zealous haunt for critics living abroad.

For dissidents, as Cook and all other commentators opined, the message is disheartening and worrisome. Nowhere is safe for free-minded and critical people. The whole world, especially the Western countries with strong democratic traditions, must lend additional voice to condemn, denounce and criticize the disappearance of the Saudi journalist at a diplomatic compound.

Unless the whole world unites in their strong condemnation, the Istanbul incident would set a terrible precedent for future behaviors of autocratic governments in dealing with dissident citizens abroad.

In conclusion, an act of crackdown, overseas operations to target dissidents abroad and the use of diplomatic compounds for such operations would no doubt set an example or a source of inspiration for other authoritarian regimes to follow through. In Istanbul, all contours of such a possibility were abundantly present and pointed. To stop this learning process through copy-past practices from one another’s authoritarian playbook, a collective international response and cooperation is a must, and a long overdue effort that is urgently needed to be employed.

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly April 9

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 4/2/2018-4/9/2018

1-” Turkish court seeks Interpol warrant for exiled journalist Can Dundar”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-court-seeks-interpol-warrant-exiled-journalist-can-dundar

2-” Former top judiciary member dies of heart attack in prison: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/former-top-judiciary-member-dies-heart-attack-prison-report

3-” 1,250 academics in 37 countries campaign for Bogazici students’ release”
https://turkeypurge.com/1250-academics-in-37-countries-campaign-for-release-of-bogazici-students

4-” Former editor-in-chief of state-run TRT News gets 9 years, 9 months on terror charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/former-editor-chief-state-run-trt-news-gets-9-years-9-months-terror-charges

5-” WATCH: Video shows İzmir police beat 2 handcuffed detainees”
https://turkeypurge.com/watch-video-shows-istanbul-police-beat-2-handcuffed-detainees

6-” Veteran journalist Hasan Cemal receives suspended jail sentence on terror charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/veteran-journalist-hasan-cemal-receives-suspended-jail-sentence-terror-charges

7-” [BREAKING] Gabon police detain 5 ‘Gülenist’ teachers at Turkey’s request”
https://turkeypurge.com/breaking-gabon-police-detain-5-gulenist-teachers-turkeys-request

8-” 9 Bogaziçi students sent to prison for participating in protest against Turkey’s Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/breaking-9-bogazici-students-sent-prison-participating-protest-turkeys-afrin-operation

9-” Detention warrant issued for pollster due to social media postings”
https://turkeypurge.com/detention-warrant-issued-pollster-due-social-media-postings

10-” EU Commission on Kosovo abductions: Arbitrary arrest, exile against EU principles”
https://turkeypurge.com/eu-commission-kosovo-abductions-arbitrary-arrest-exile-eu-principles

11-” Erdogan’s lawyer says Turkish intel could abduct more Gulenists in coming days”
https://turkeypurge.com/erdogans-lawyer-says-turkish-intel-abduct-gulenists-coming-days

12-” 14,640 Turkish citizens claimed asylum in EU in 2017: Eurostat”
https://turkeypurge.com/14630-turkish-citizens-claimed-asylum-eu-2017-eurostat

13-” Turkish professor gets 15 months in prison for signing 2016 peace declaration”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-professor-gets-15-months-in-prison-for-signing-2016-peace-declaration

14-” Osman Kavala writes from prison: Spring is felt in the courtyards of the prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/osman-kavala-writes-from-prison-spring-is-felt-in-the-courtyards-of-the-prison

15-” [VIDEO] Kayseri police detain steel factory owner on coup charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-kayseri-police-detain-steel-factory-owner-on-coup-charges-report

16-” Research assistant kills 4 academics at Eskişehir university over alleged ‘Gulen membership’”
https://turkeypurge.com/research-assistant-kills-4-academics-at-eskisehir-university-on-grounds-of-gulen-membership

17-” Turkish President sues opposition leader once more for 500,000 TL: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-president-sues-opposition-leader-once-more-for-500000-tl-report

18-” Purge-victim gets 9.5 years in prison for paying tax through Bank Asya, indictment shows”
https://turkeypurge.com/purge-victim-gets-9-5-years-in-prison-for-paying-tax-through-bank-asya-indictment-shows

19-” Government spokesman: Turkish secret services seized 80 ‘Gulenists’ from 18 countries so far”
https://turkeypurge.com/government-spokesman-turkish-secret-services-seized-80-gulenists-from-18-countries-so-far

20-” Turkey seeks aggravated life sentences for 9 Zaman-linked journalists, columnists”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-seeks-aggravated-life-sentences-for-9-zaman-linked-journalists-columnists

21-” Kosovo grants asylum to Turkish educator who escaped Turkey’s abduction attempt”
https://turkeypurge.com/kosovo-grants-asylum-to-turkish-educator-after-escaping-turkeys-abduction-attempt

22-” Italian bar association calls for support for arrested lawyers in Turkey”
https://turkeypurge.com/italian-bar-association-calls-for-support-for-arrested-lawyers-in-turkey

23-” Police seal off Furkan-affiliated student houses in Adana”
https://turkeypurge.com/police-seal-off-furkan-affiliated-student-houses-vakfi-in-adana

24-” Groom detained for ‘insulting’ Erdoğan, bride performs ceremony alone”
https://turkeypurge.com/gloom-detained-for-insulting-erdogan-bride-performs-ceremony-alone

25-” Turkey prepares flawed documentation seeking extradition of journalist Arslan”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/04/05/turkey-prepares-flawed-documentation-seeking-extradition-of-journalist-arslan/

26-” Woman in fourth month of pregnancy detained over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/04/05/woman-in-fourth-month-of-pregnancy-detained-over-gulen-links/

27-” Turkey overwhelmingly leads world in Twitter censorship”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkey-overwhelmingly-leads-world-in-twitter-censorship/

28-” Body of Turkish woman fleeing to Greece found weeks after boat capsized”
https://stockholmcf.org/body-of-turkish-woman-fleeing-to-greece-found-weeks-after-boat-capsized/

29-” İHD report reveals 3,000 people tortured across Turkey in 2017″
https://stockholmcf.org/ihd-report-reveals-3000-people-tortured-across-turkey-in-2017/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 4/2/2018-4/9/2018

1-” ‘Adam kaçırma talimatı’: Kosova operasyonu ne ilktir, ne de son olacak”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/adam-kacirma-talimati-kosava-operasyonu-ne-ilktir-ne-de-son-olacak/

2-” Eşi ‘sohbet ablası’ olmak, kendisi ‘sohbet ablası’ eşi olmaktan tutuklandı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/esi-sohbet-ablasi-olmak-kendisi-sohbet-ablasi-esi-olmaktan-tutuklandi/

3-” Gazeteci Ahmet Böken karar duruşmasına çıkıyor”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/gazeteci-ahmet-boken-karar-durusmasina-cikiyor/

4-” Eski HSYK üyesi Teoman Gökçe cezaevinde öldü”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/eski-hsyk-uyesi-teoman-gokce-cezaevinde-oldu/

5-” 20 aydır tutuklu iş adamlarına 8 yıl ceza: Tutuksuz olanlar da tutuklanacak”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/20-aydir-tutuklu-is-adamlarina-8-yil-ceza-tutuksuz-olanlar-da-tutuklanacak/

6-” Hasan Cemal’e beraat ettiği davadan 3 ay 22 gün hapis”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/hasan-cemale-beraat-ettigi-davadan-3-ay-22-gun-hapis/

7-” Hasan Cemal’e beraat ettiği davadan 3 ay 22 gün hapis”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/hasan-cemale-beraat-ettigi-davadan-3-ay-22-gun-hapis/

8-” Erdoğan’ın hedef gösterdiği Boğaziçili 9 öğrenci tutuklandı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/erdoganin-hedef-gosterdigi-bogazicili-9-ogrenci-tutuklandi/

9-” Özgürlükçü Demokrasi gazetesi çalışanlarının evlerine polis baskını”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/saglam-girdigi-cezaevinden-hiv-virusu-bulasmis-sekilde-cikti-h114752.html

10-” Gazeteci Çağdaş Kaplan’a 15 yıla kadar hapis istemi”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/gazeteci-cagdas-kaplana-15-yila-kadar-hapis-istemi/

11-” Bitmeyen adalet arayışının geldiği yer: 23 yıldır tutuklu Çomak’a müebbet hapis”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/bitmeyen-adalet-arayisinin-geldigi-yer-23-yildir-tutuklu-comaka-muebbet-hapis/

12-” ‘Cadı avı’ sürüyor: Barış akademisyenlerine bir yıl üç ay hapis cezası”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/cadi-avi-suruyor-baris-akademisyenlerine-bir-yil-uc-ay-hapis-cezasi/

13-” Osman Kavala: OHAL olağanüstü suçlamaları olağan hale getiriyor”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/osman-kavala-ohal-olaganustu-suclamalari-olagan-hale-getiriyor/

14-” Ahmet Ümit: Ahmet Altan’a müebbet hapis Türkiye’nin utancıdır”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/ahmet-umit-ahmet-altana-muebbet-hapis-turkiyenin-utancidir/

15-” Zaman gazetesi davası: Bulaç, Türköne ve Alpay’a müebbet hapis talebi ”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/zaman-gazetesi-davasi-bulac-turkone-ve-alpaya-muebbet-hapis-talebi/

16-” OHAL boyunca 1480 avukata soruşturma açıldı, 570 avukat tutuklandı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/ohal-boyunca-1480-avukata-sorus%CC%A7turma-ac%CC%A7ildi-570-avukat-tutuklandi/

17-” Erdoğan’a hakaretten tutuklanınca düğün damatsız yapıldı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/erdogana-hakaretten-tutuklaninca-dugun-damatsiz-yapildi/

18-” ‘Gülen’e gönülden bağlıydım’ diyen Prof. Çolak’ın 22.5 yıl hapsi istendi”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/gulene-gonulden-bagliydim-diyen-prof-colakin-22-5-yil-hapsi-istendi/

19-” İhraç edilen akademisyenlerden ‘KHK Öyküleri’”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/ihrac-edilen-akademisyenlerden-khk-oykuleri/

20-” Kapatılan Furkan Vakfı’nın öğrencileri isterlerse ‘mağdur edilmeyecek’”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/kapatilan-furkan-vakfinin-ogrencileri-isterlerse-magdur-edilmeyecek/

21-” Birçok hastalığı bulunan sınıf öğretmenini gözaltına aldılar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/bircok-hastaligi-bulunan-sinif-ogretmenini-gozaltina-aldilar-h115139.html

22-” Tahliye edilmeyen ağır hasta cezaevinde, yaşamını yitirdi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/tahliye-edilmeyen-agir-hasta-cezaevinde-yasamini-yitirdi-h115095.html

23-” Erdoğan rejiminin canına kıydığı insanlara bir yenisi eklendi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/erdogan-rejiminin-canina-kiydigi-insanlara-bir-yenisi-eklendi-h114876.html

24-” Polis gözaltındaki şüpheliye kameralar önünde tekme tokat daldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/polis-gozaltindaki-supheliye-kameralar-onunde-tekme-tokat-daldi-h114874.html

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly April 2

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 3/26/2018-4/2/2018

1-” 568 people detained over Gülen links in past week: gov’t”
https://turkeypurge.com/568-people-detained-gulen-links-past-week-govt-2

2-” [VIDEO] Businessman detained while on way to escape to Greece”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-businessman-detained-way-escape-greece

3-” Pro-gov’t journalist says jailed Gulenists should be forced to commit suicide”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-govt-journalist-says-jailed-gulenists-forced-commit-suicide

4-” Jewelry store chain, another company in Istanbul seized over Gulen links”
https://turkeypurge.com/jewelry-store-chain-another-company-istanbul-seized-gulen-links

5-” Wife of purge-victim judge jumps to death from 9th floor”
https://turkeypurge.com/wife-purge-victim-judge-jumps-death-9th-floor

6-” 120 including on-duty soldiers and gendarmerie personnel in custody on coup charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/120-including-duty-soldiers-gendarmerie-personnel-custody-coup-charges-report

7-” Mother of this baby put in pre-trial detention on coup charges in İstanbul — claim”
https://turkeypurge.com/mother-baby-put-pre-trial-detention-coup-charges-claim

8-” Turkish police seize pro-Kurdish Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-kurdish-ozgurlukcu-demokrasi-newspaper-publisher-seized-several-employees-detained

9-” [VIDEO] 13 women detained over Gülen links in Turkey’s Karaman”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-13-women-detained-gulen-links-turkeys-karaman

10-” Ankara man missing for 111 days as wife finds his car abandoned with deflated tire”
https://turkeypurge.com/ankara-man-missing-111-days-wife-finds-car-abandoned-deflated-tire

11-” Yet another 12 teachers detained in Turkey’s Bilecik”
https://turkeypurge.com/12-teachers-detained-turkeys-bilecik

12-” Journalist says gov’t asked to work as ‘spy’ in police custody”
https://turkeypurge.com/journalist-says-govt-asked-work-spy-police-custody

13-” Report: 580 lawyers jailed, 103 sentenced in Turkey since 2016’s failed coup”
https://turkeypurge.com/report-580-lawyers-jailed-103-sentenced-in-turkey-since-failed-coup

14-” Six Turks arrested in Kosovo over Gulen links extradited to Turkey: Anadolu”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-kosovo/six-turks-arrested-in-kosovo-over-gulen-links-extradited-to-turkey-anadolu-idUSKBN1H51JL

15-” Kosovan PM’s authority in doubt amid claims state intelligence arrested Turks without his knowledge”
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/29/kosovan-pm-s-authority-in-doubt-amid-claims-state-intelligence-arrested-turks-without-his-

16-” Kosovo investigates seizure of Turkish nationals”
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-kosovo-security-turkey/kosovo-investigates-seizure-of-turkish-nationals-idUKKBN1H70C8

17-” Erdogan slams Kosovo PM over sackings after Gulen-linked deportations”
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/31/erdogan-attacks-kosovo-prime-minister-for-sacking-officials-who-sanctioned-teacher-kidnap

18-” Human Rights Foundation asks Kosovo PM to free 6 Gulenists”
https://turkeypurge.com/human-rights-foundation-asks-kosovo-pm-free-6-gulenists

19-” [VIDEO] Erdoğan praises Turkey’s abduction of Gulenists in Kosovo, signals more to come”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-erdogan-praises-turkeys-abduction-gulenist-kosovo-signals-come

20-” Teacher abducted from Malaysia subjected to beating, torture in Ankara: cellmate”
https://turkeypurge.com/teacher-abducted-malaysia-subjected-beating-torture-ankara-cellmate

21-” [VIDEO] Erdogan: Turkish spies packed up Kosovo teachers, brought them to Turkey”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-erdogan-turkish-spies-packed-kosovo-teachers-brought-turkey

22-” Teacher diagnosed with cancer after dismissal from job dies”
https://turkeypurge.com/teacher-diagnosed-cancer-dismissal-job-dies

23-” Blind journalist transferred to remote prison, held in windowless cell”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/03/26/blind-journalist-transferred-to-remote-prison-held-in-windowless-cell/

24-” Gov’t seizes retirement bonus of rights activist removed from civil service job”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/03/26/govt-seizes-retirement-bonus-of-rights-activist-removed-from-civil-service-job/

25-” HRW: Turkish gov’t has reached ‘new low’ with social media crackdown”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/03/27/hrw-turkish-govt-has-reached-new-low-with-social-media-crackdown/

26-” Woman jailed over Gülen links not released despite serious health risk”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/03/28/woman-jailed-over-gulen-links-not-released-despite-serious-health-risk/

27-” Prosecutor finds doctor who took own life after firing not a ByLock user after all”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/03/29/prosecutor-finds-doctor-who-took-own-life-after-firing-not-a-bylock-user-after-all/

28-” English PEN report: Freedom of expression in jeopardy in Turkey”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/03/29/english-pen-report-freedom-of-expression-in-jeopardy-in-turkey/

29-” 1,250 academics from around the world ask for release of Boğaziçi students”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/04/02/1250-academics-from-around-the-world-ask-for-release-of-bogazici-students/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 3/26/2018-4/2/2018

1-” Görme engelli Gazeteci Cüneyt Arat’ı hayattan koparmaya çalışıyorlar..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gorme-engelli-gazeteci-cuneyt-arati-hayattan-koparmaya-calisiyorlar-h114430.html

2-” Annesiyle babası tutuklu 2 yaşındaki çocuğa 70 yaşındaki babaanne bakıyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/annesiyle-babasi-tutuklu-2-yasindaki-cocuga-70-yasindaki-babaanne-bakiyor-h114491.html

3-” 3.5 aydır tutuklu Birgül Bulut’un doktoru uyardı: Heran kalp krizi geçirebilir”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/35-aydir-tutuklu-birgul-bulutun-doktoru-uyardi-heran-kalp-krizi-gecirebilir-h114514.html

4-” Yüksek güvenlikli cezaevine nakledilen Celalettin Can’ı biyopsiye götürmüyorlar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/yuksek-guvenlikli-cezaevine-nakledilen-celalettin-cani-biyopsiye-goturmuyorlar-h114608.html

5-” Gardiyanların tutukluyu boğarak öldürmeye çalıştığı ortaya çıktı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gardiyanlarin-tutukluyu-bogarak-oldurmeye-calistigi-ortaya-cikti-h114610.html

6-” İHD açıkladı: Erzincan Cezaevi’nde darp edilen tutuklunun kulak zarı patladı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ihd-acikladi-erzincan-cezaevinde-darp-edilen-tutuklunun-kulak-zari-patladi-h114623.html

7-” MİT Kosova’da 6 kişiyi Türkiye’ye kaçırmak için Havalimanında bekletiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/mit-kosovada-6-kisiyi-turkiyeye-kacirmak-icin-havalimaninda-bekletiyor-h114626.html

8-” İnsan Hakları İzleme Örgütü Kosova’ya öğretmenler için mektup gönderdi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/insan-haklari-izleme-orgutu-kosovaya-ogretmenler-icin-mektup-gonderdi-h114679.html

9-” Sağlam girdiği cezaevinden HİV virüsü bulaşmış şekilde çıktı!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/saglam-girdigi-cezaevinden-hiv-virusu-bulasmis-sekilde-cikti-h114752.html

10-” Malezya’dan kaçırılan Alaaddin Duman’a yapılan işkenceleri anlattı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/malezyadan-kacirilan-alaaddin-dumana-yapilan-iskenceleri-anlatti-h114790.html

11-” KHK ile ihraç edilenlerin emeklilik ikramiyeleri gasp ediliyor!”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/khk-ile-ihrac-edilenlerin-emeklilik-ikramiyeleri-gasp-ediliyor/

12-” İnsan Hakları İzleme Örgütü’nden ‘sosyal medyaya baskı’ raporu”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/insan-haklari-izleme-orgutunden-sosyal-medyaya-baski-raporu/

13-” HRW: ‘Sosyal medya gözaltıları’ Türkiye Hükümeti’nin düştüğü en dip nokta”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/hrw-sosyal-medya-gozaltilari-turkiye-hukumetinin-dustugu-en-dip-nokta/

14-” ‘Sahibi il imamı’ gerekçesiyle kuyumcu dükkanına el konuldu”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/sahibi-il-imami-gerekcesiyle-kuyumcu-dukkanina-el-konuldu/

15-” ‘Dersaneler sorumlusu’ suçlamasıyla aranan öğretmen yakalandı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/dersaneler-sorumlusu-suclamasiyla-aranan-ogretmen-yakalandi/

16-” KHK ile kapatılan dernek yöneticisi 14 kişi daha tutuklandı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/khk-ile-kapatilan-dernek-yoneticisi-14-kisi-daha-tutuklandi/

17-” 20 aydır tutuklu askeri ilk duruşmaya götürmeyi ‘unuttular’”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/20-aydir-tutuklu-askeri-ilk-durusmaya-goturmeyi-unuttular/

18-” Atina: Erdoğan Varna’dan ‘askerleri takas edelim’ mesajı gönderdi”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/yunanistan-erdogan-bize-takas-imasinda-bulundu/

19-” İhsan Eliaçık’a 7,5 yıl hapis istendi”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/ihsan-eliacika-75-yil-hapis-istendi/

20-” Gözaltındaki gazeteciye ajanlık teklifi”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/gozaltindaki-gazeteciye-ajanlik-teklifi/

21-” Basın örgütleri: Özgürlükçü Demokrasi’nin sesini kayyımla susturamazsınız!”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/basin-orgutleri-ozgurlukcu-demokrasinin-sesini-kayyumla-susturamazsiniz/

22-” 15 Temmuz’da askerle çatışmayan polislere 12 yıl hapis cezası”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/basin-orgutleri-ozgurlukcu-demokrasinin-sesini-kayyumla-susturamazsiniz/

23-” Yüksek lisans öğrencisine Bylock gözaltısı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/yuksek-lisans-ogrencisine-bylock-gozaltisi/

24-” 600 polis ‘bayan yapılanması’ operasyonu yaptı: 70 kadına gözaltı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/600-polis-bayan-yapilanmasi-operasyonu-yapti-70-kadina-gozalti/

25-” Mehmet Altan’ın tutukluluğuna itiraz bir kez daha reddedildi”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/mehmet-altanin-tutukluluguna-itiraz-bir-kez-daha-reddedildi/

26-” Yargıtay ‘ByLock mahkumiyeti’ni bozdu: Yeterli araştırma yok”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/yargitay-bylock-mahkumiyetini-bozdu-yeterli-arastirma-yok/

27-” ‘İşimizi geri istiyoruz’ eyleminde polis eylemcinin saçını yoldu”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/isimizi-geri-istiyoruz-eyleminde-polis-eylemcinin-sacini-yoldu/

28-” ‘Adam kaçırma talimatı’: Kosova operasyonu ne ilktir, ne de son olacak”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/adam-kacirma-talimati-kosava-operasyonu-ne-ilktir-ne-de-son-olacak/

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Turkish Police To Journalist: If You Don’t Speak, We’ll Throw You Off Balcony

Turkish police have reportedly raided the house of journalist Buğrahan Aydoğan in Çorlu district of Tekirdağ province on Sunday night for the second time to detain him and allegedly threatened him before detention by saying that “If you do not speak, we will throw you off the balcony. And in the police report, we would write that when he saw the police, he jumped from the balcony and committed suicide.”

Aydoğan, who used to work as a provincial representative of a national newspaper before the controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016, was released after 160 days of imprisonment over an unfounded denunciation. After being released, he has reportedly been worked in various jobs including stall-holder in order to be able to adapt to his life.

However, a large number of police have reportedly launched an operation in Aydoğan’s house on Sunday midnight. Aydoğan’s family members have shared what they have experienced during the police raid on their Twitter account and wrote as follows:

“On February 25, 2018, at 00:30, Buğrahan Aydoğan opened the door without wasting time as the door was knocked very hard. He was very surprised to see the police again. Seven policemen entered the house with their shoes as they were insulting him at the same time.

“After locking Buğrahan in one of the rooms, the police officers searched the apartment. With the anger of being unable to find anything they handcuffed Buğrahan’s hands behind his back.

“The fattest police officer got Buğrahan Aydoğan on the ground and started to jump on him. The police started hitting his head with a laptop brought from the other room. They said something unclear such as ‘Talk to me! Where are the money you collected?’

“They said that ‘If you do not speak, we will throw you off the balcony. And in the police report, we would write that when he saw the police, he jumped from the balcony and committed suicide.’ When Buğrahan Aydoğan asked what the crime he committed, he was insulted as ‘triator, terrorist…’

“When all this happened, they didn’t take anyone from the family to the room. With the stream of insults they detained Buğrahan Aydogan.

“Buğrahan Aydogan is now in the custody of police headquarter in Çorlu district of Tekirdağ province and has not allowed to meet his lawyer. We are concerned about the ill-treatment for Buğrahan.”

Source:
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-police-to-journalist-if-you-dont-speak-well-throw-you-off-balcony/

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Turkish Media Worker Zafer Özsoy Faces 3 Life Sentences With No Evidence

A Turkish media worker, who has been behind bars for 478 days, faces three consecutive life sentences and additional 15 years in jail on fabricated terrorism and coup plotting charges.

Zafer Özsoy, 44-year-old media professional who specializes in broadcasting network and satellite uplink services, is charged under Turkey’s abusive anti-terror laws when his company FİA was found to have provided infrastructure services to critical media outlets.

The company does not get involved in editorial policies of the clients that it provided services yet he stands accused of attempting to overthrow the constitutional order, the Turkish government and the Turkish Parliament without any evidence to back up any of the charges.

Özsoy started his media career at Cihan News Agency in 1995 right after he graduated from İstanbul University’s Radio and Television department. He had worked almost for 20 years at the same company’s various departments. Thanks to his experience and extensive network of contacts, he became one of the best media professional in his field of expertise.

Starting in 2014, Erdoğan’s government intensified pressure on Cihan news agency and its clients, forcing the company to downsize a year later to survive by shedding some of its assets and laying off workers.

Özsoy and his colleagues who worked together for years decided to establish their own production company FİA that would serve live streaming, broadcasting and digital video content for businesses. FİA purchased some of the technical equipment from the Cihan news agency under a deal that included negotiated fee for severance and compensation payments.

However, on March 7, 2016, Turkish government unlawfully seized both the Cihan news agency and FİA as part of the escalating crackdown on critical media outlets in Turkey. Özsoy and his partners were the first ones who were fired by the government appointed trustees who took over the management of these companies.

After working 20 years in media industry, Özsoy’s dream to run his own company with a selected team of his own was over but the worst was yet to come.

He was detained on July 27, 2016 at his home in İstanbul following detention warrants were issued for 47 journalists on dubious charges. He was formally arrested on August 4, 2016 over alleged links to FETÖ, a hoax terror organisation that was fabricated by the regime of autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to defame the civic Gülen movement. He was sent to notorious Silivri Prison pending trial.

During the interrogation, Özsoy was asked why he continued to work for “Zaman Newspaper” when Turkey’s biggest corruption investigations incriminating cabinet ministers and President Erdoğan’s family members were made public at the end of 2013. Erdoğan, then prime minister, presented graft probes as a coup attempt against his government and accused critical media outlets, which covered the graft scandal, of being traitors and coup plotters against his government. Özsoy told his interrogators that he has never worked in Zaman newspaper.

The police even asked Özsoy whether he made any contribution to a piece written by Today’s Zaman former editor-in-chief Bülent Keneş who forewarned that a coup would be terrible for Turkey’s future, in an article Keneş wrote on July 8, 2016. Özsoy replied “I heard about the article for the first time here.” Keneş has also been indicted over absurd terrorism charges in several cases and remain at large. Ironically, this question was asked to all suspects who were detained along with Özsoy on July 27, 2016.

Özsoy appeared before judges for the first time in 14 months after he was arrested on September 18, 2017. The most difficult moment of the hearing was that he had to defend himself against the indictment that included no direct accusation on him. The public prosecutor mentioned his name twice in 64-page indictment. The first citation of him is recorded among the list of defendants in the first part of the indictment. The second and the last was in the list of suspects for whom the prosecutor demanded severe punishment for him. The prosecutor did not bother to present any evidence against the suspect whom he asked for sentencing that amounted to three life sentences and additional 15 years in prison.

As expected the court ruled for the continuation of his arrest pending next hearing which will be held on December 8, 2017.

Özsoy who is married with two children and known for his Formula-1 passion is looking forward to being free one day and reuniting with his loved ones.

Turkey is the biggest jailer of journalists in the world. The most recent figures documented by the SCF has showed that 256 journalists and media workers are in jails as of November 21, 2017, most in pre-trial detention languishing in notorious Turkish prisons without even a conviction. Of those in Turkish prisons, 230 are arrested pending trial, only 26 journalists remain convicted and serving time in Turkish prisons. An outstanding detention warrants remain for 135 journalists who live in exile or remain at large in Turkey.

Detaining tens of thousands of people over alleged links to the Gülen movement, the government also closed down more than 180 media outlets after the controversial coup attempt.

Turkey survived a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15. Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.

Souce: https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-media-worker-zafer-ozsoy-faces-3-life-sentences-with-no-evidence/

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