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Turkey orders formal arrest of 9 Cumhuriyet newspaper staff

Postby Zenon33 » Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:41 pm

More news from the Banana Republic.


Turkish authorities ordered the formal arrest pending trial on Saturday of nine executives and journalists of a leading opposition newspaper who were detained on Monday, broadcaster NTV said.

The detention of the editor-in-chief and senior staff of Cumhuriyet over the secularist newspaper’s alleged support for a failed coup in July was described by a top EU politician as the crossing of a red line against freedom of expression. Their homes were also searched.

Istanbul prosecutors have said staff at the paper, one of few media outlets still critical of President Tayyip Erdogan, are suspected of committing crimes on behalf of Kurdish militants and the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Turkey accuses Gulen of orchestrating the coup attempt, though he denies any involvement.



http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/11/05/turke ... staff-ntv/
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Re: Turkey orders formal arrest of 9 Cumhuriyet newspaper st

Postby Tim Drayton » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:15 pm

The police intervened using tear gas and plastic bullets on a rally protesting at the arrests of HDP members of parliament attended by several thousand people in the Şişli area of Istanbul, and they were later blocked by police from marching to the Istanbul premises of Cumhuriyet newspaper.

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turk ... _gazi.html
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Re: Turkey orders formal arrest of 9 Cumhuriyet newspaper st

Postby Tim Drayton » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:19 pm

A defiant statement issued by Cumhuriyet, vowing to continue in the face of all pressure (translated into English):

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/engl ... uckle.html
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Postby Tim Drayton » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:20 pm

A report on this story from the English-language section of the newspaper itself:

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/engl ... story.html
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Re: Turkey orders formal arrest of 9 Cumhuriyet newspaper st

Postby Tim Drayton » Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:51 pm

The Union of Turkish Bar Associations has issued a very powerful statement:

We the Union of Turkish Bar Associations warn all of our citizens of the clear and imminent danger caused by the situation into which we have been led. We invite the President and political leadership to respect rules of law that have attained universality and to put an end to the tension in society.
At the time of the 15 July bloody coup attempt, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations and all of our bar associations stood as of the first moment steadfastly in opposition to the perpetrators of the coup and in support of democracy and the Republic of Turkey State.

Today, we find ourselves obliged to issue the following historic warnings:

The perfectly justified warnings that we made for years in the process leading to 15 July and our steadfast stance in opposition to the coup attempt make it imperative that the competent authorities pay heed to our thoughts. Turkey has no toleration left for fatal mistakes and weaknesses along the line of “I was deceived, duped or mistaken”.

Through the decrees with the force of law issued on the basis of the state of emergency proclaimed so as to combat the criminal organisation behind the coup, the entire state mechanism has been reshaped from the bottom up behind closed doors.

Even though the Turkish Parliament managed to function and act as an overarching brain under the most adverse of conditions during the National Struggle that we waged under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, it has today been brought to the point of being discarded by decrees with the force of law.

SHUTTING DOWN THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA TAKES THIS LAWLESSNESS TO THE EXTREME

The state of emergency has been diverted from the purpose of combatting the coup and made into a routine style of government. A de-facto union of powers has been introduced in the country. The once-problematic independence and impartiality of the judiciary has in any case been totally eliminated. This state of affairs lays bare the intentions beneath the new order presented as being the home-grown presidential system.

Debate has even been instigated over the Peace Treaty of Lausanne within the propaganda mill over the presidency being waged by the President. By this means, the borders of the Republic that were drawn as a result of our National Struggle and are recognised in international treaties have been brought into debate.

There is an insistent endeavour to tear up and render void of meaning the founding principles of the Republic contained in articles of our Constitution that are unamendable and whose amendment may not even be proposed.

The reintroduction of the death penalty will lead to the consequence of Turkey’s expulsion from the Council of Europe. The political leadership has launched a campaign for the death penalty in full cognisance of this and is ramping it up with obtaining a result in mind. Turkey’s expulsion from the Council of Europe will amount to a radical change to the path we have followed from the Tanzimat until today. This is tantamount to us ceasing to be party to the European Convention on Human Rights. Our ceasing to be party to the European Convention on Human Rights means, in turn, the basic rights and freedoms of citizens of the Republic of Turkey being deprived of all safeguard and the right to make individual application to the European Court of Human Rights being taken from us.
Press freedom has been restricted to an extent that is unacceptable under absolutely any circumstance in a democratic society. The political leadership is imposing the most dangerous form of censorship, self-censorship, on the media that is not aligned with it. Shut-downs of the internet and social media undertaken in an arbitrary manner take this lawlessness to the extreme. State power is being used to prevent the people from accessing news that the political leadership does care for. The entire state machinery is being mobilised for the purpose of political propagands.
State of emergency decrees with the force of law are directly targeting the right of defence and the institutional function performed by lawyers. Citizens’ basic rights and freedoms that are defended by lawyers constitute the fundamental and real target.

Virtually all of the rights falling under the right to a fair trial are being disregarded.

Trials have been diverted from the goal of separating the innocent from the guilty and transformed into vehicles for labelling and lustrating people under ready-made judgments. The greatest suffering from this is felt by society and our innocent citizens, while those who benefit most are the terrorist organisations that burn and destroy our country and bathe it in blood. Our citizens retain no confidence in the judiciary. The judiciary has ceased to be the foundation of the country.

Each investigation and prosecution to resonate in the public sphere brings with it even greater polarisation of society and turns our people against one another.

The perception prevails that the judiciary acts in a partial and subordinate manner. It is widely accepted in society that trials have turned into tools for achieving political ends.

Remand orders from courts that are susceptible to interference by the political leadership targeting members of parliament, mayors, members of the judiciary, journalists, academics and lawyers are grist to the mill of terrorist organisations and widen the scope for their propaganda.

However, justice is the sole common denominator that will permit it to embrace our 79 million citizens and the supremacy of the law is the sole means to enable the future to be approached with confidence and for securing a majoritarian-participatory democracy.

We the Union of Turkish Bar Associations warn all of our citizens of the clear and imminent danger caused by the situation into which we have been led. We invite the President and political leadership to respect rules of law that have attained universality and to put an end to the tension in society.

As Mustafa Kemal Atatürk said:

‘THERE ARE NO HOPELESS SITUATIONS, ONLY HOPELESS PEOPLE.’
LAWYERS IN TURKEY WILL CONTINUE TO STAND STEADFAST AND GIVE CAUSE FOR HOPE.


http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/engl ... nough.html
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Re: Turkey orders formal arrest of 9 Cumhuriyet newspaper st

Postby B25 » Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:50 pm

Doesn't make any difference what anyone inside of Turkey has to say. For as long as the US/UK and the EU say nothing, Edrocunt will do as he pleases.

When other tried this, the F US was there faster than a speeding bullet to drop bombs and take them out, but for this prick, well let us just say they must all enjoy sucking it.

And then we have Paphiti, trying to preach us shit about how wonderful the coalition is and law abiding blah blah blah.

For me personally, I am happy that Turkey is falling apart, it cannot happen fast enough, I hope they all go to hell and their supporters.

Amen.
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Postby Maximus » Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:05 pm

“I don’t care if they call me a dictator or whatever else. It goes in one ear, out the other,”

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/presid ... sCatID=338
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Re: Turkey orders formal arrest of 9 Cumhuriyet newspaper st

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:38 pm

The USA has been too busy with election fever and the UK with Brexit Chaos and so this lunatic has had a free hand to go berserk.
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Re: Turkey orders formal arrest of 9 Cumhuriyet newspaper st

Postby B25 » Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:55 pm

he is a US created monster. now they can f deal with it.
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Postby kurupetos » Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:54 pm

B25 wrote:he is a US created monster. now they can f deal with it.

At this stage, the only way left is to kill it.
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