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Press Freedom in Crisis

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Turkey -- The Turkish national flag flies close to the EU flag, 17Oct2011
Turkey -- The Turkish national flag flies close to the EU flag, 17Oct2011
In a report entitled, "Turkey's Press Freedom Crisis," the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the widespread criminal prosecution and jailing of journalists in Turkey.

The report documents 76 journalists imprisoned as of August 1, 2012, at least 61 of whom were being held in direct relation to their newsgathering activities.

The report alleges that authorities "conflated the coverage of banned groups and the investigation of sensitive topics with outright terrorism or other anti-state activity."  About 30 percent of journalists in prison in August 2012 were accused of taking part in anti-government plots or being members of outlawed political groups.

CPJ cited a "harsh anti-press tone set at the highest levels of government," along with authorities' selective use of the penal code, anti-terror legislation and the criminal procedure code to target journalists. 

The media watchdog recalled a previous campaign perpetrated against journalists in Turkey in 1996, during which as many as 78 journalists were jailed.


According to CPJ's annual prison census, the number of journalists currently imprisoned in Turkey exceeds that in Iran and China. 

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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
November 02, 2012 15:55
So,where is the news here? The wild turkey islamists have been doing for decades now what the generals did before them-and the journalists are priviledged to have their foreign colleagues defending them-a privilege ordinary people cant afford.Cold turkey Mad dog an says turkey must quickly become EU member-one can forgive the turk its talking turkey-what abut good old Angela`s making eyes at him??? And she is not the only consumer of turkish caviar-the turkey caviar diplomacy will succeed finally-the wily europeans wont miss a market like turkestan and this is exactly what EUrope needs,so lets open the gates we are civilized and shouldnt make the barbarians wait too long at our gates!!! Hos geldin and welcome to EUrope!!!

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
November 03, 2012 21:18
Other recent examples of European states imposing controls on free expression in the media follow:
(a) In the crisis-hit EU- and NATO-member state Greece a journalist was put on trial for having disclosed the names of some 2000 rich Greeks who avoid paying taxes in their country and hide their money in Swiss banks (the so-called "Lagarde list"). Two TV anchors were fired from the state TV channel for having dared to discuss in a talk show the possibility of one Minister resigning due to his alleged involvement in cases of police brutally beating up anti-austerity demonstrators (Austrian media, for example, has been covering the case for a few days already).
(b) After the publication of various mobile-phone-made videos on the brutal supression of the recent unrest in the Spanish capital Madrid (the supression included shooting at demonstrators with rubber bullets IN the subway!), the Spanish govt is considering making such videos public a criminal offense (ah, this enlightened Europe that has just received a Nobel Peace Prize!).
If any of the above happened in Turkey or in Russia or in Iran, the "journalists" working for the RFE/RL would have already written dozens of articles to cover this. But as long as the practices in question are adopted in "free" Europe, covering them is apparently considered "unnecessary" and the events in question "irrelevant"...

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