Judge says publishing freedom pioneer must remain in detention

first_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns an Istanbul judge’s decision on 1 November to keepcolumnist and publisher Ragip Zarakolu in detention until a prosecutor has drawn up anindictment, which in Turkey could take months or even years. Arrested alongwith dozens of other activists under Turkey’s anti-terrorism laws on 28 October (see below),Zarakolu was immediately transferred from police custody to Istanbul’s Metris prison.“It seems the Turkish judicial system has decided to make Zarakolu pay for being a free speechactivist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “A journalist of international renown and respectedhuman rights defender, it is now his turn to be a victim of the two of the judicial system’s failings– misuse of terrorism charges to stifle criticism and misuse of the provisions for pre-trial detention.”The press freedom organization added: “Keeping a media figure of this importance in detention,although he is in very poor health,” sends a very bad signal to the media. We demand hisimmediate release.”Zarakolu runs the Belge publishing house, writes columns for the daily Günlük Evrensel andchairs the freedom to publish committee of the Turkish Publishers Union (TYB). As with manyother journalists who are currently detained, it is absurd think he might “destroy evidence, putpressure on witnesses or take flight” – the grounds for ordering pre-trial detention under Turkishlaw.Zarakolu was one of around 90 people who were picked up last week in a vast operationtargeting presumed “collaborators” of the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK), a networkaffiliated to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).At prosecutor Adnan Cimen’s request, 47 of them were transferred to prison when thelegally-permitted period of police custody expired. As well as Zarakolu, they included SongülKaratagna, who writes for Özgür Gündem, a pro-Kurdish newspaper that Zarakolu used to edit.Hundreds of people – among them the widow of the murdered journalist Hrant Dink andrepresentatives of several political parties including the BDP, which is pro-Kurd, and the CHP,which is Kemalist (Turkish nationalist and secularist) – protested against the arrests outsidethe law courts in the Istanbul district of Besiktas on 31 October, waving placards saying “That’senough!”Even the leading conservative journalist Fehmi Koru criticized the latest developments in the KCKinvestigation when he appeared on Kanal 7 TV on the evening of 31 October. Many Turkish andinternational media organizations have voiced support for Zarakolu, who won the internationalPublishers Association’s freedom to publish prize in 2008 and the prize of the Turkish JournalistsAssociation (TGC) in 2007.—-31.10.2011 Columnist and publisher arrested in round-up of pro-Kurdish activistsReporters Without Borders strongly condemns columnist and publisher Ragip Zarakolu’s detention since the evening of 28 October, when he and around 40 other people were arrested in a round-up of pro-Kurdish activists in Istanbul. “Turkey’s anti-terrorist law is yet again being abused in an attempt to silence those who speak out about the sensitive issue of minorities,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling for his immediate release. Zarakolu writes for the left-wing daily Günlük Evrensel and heads the Editions Belge publishing house in Istanbul.The arrests were carried out as part of an investigation into the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK), a group affiliated to the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).No official reason has so far been given for Zarakolu’s arrest. His lawyer, Özcan Kiliç, said he was questioned about several articles he wrote for the pro-Kurdish magazine Özgur Gündem, in which he referred to trips abroad since 2001, and about his participation in the inauguration of the Istanbul Political Academy, which was searched on 28 October.He appeared today before a prosecutor in Istanbul.Last March he was convicted of terrorist propaganda for publishing a book by the author Mehmet Güler entitled “The global state and the stateless Kurds”. He appealed against the conviction and the case is currently before Turkey’s highest court of appeal. News April 2, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Organisation —–02.08.2010 – Another trial against Kurdish minority publicationReporters Without Borders condemns the department of public prosecution’s decision to bring a new prosecution against writer Mehmet Güler and publisher Ragip Zarakolu. This time they are to be prosecuted for a book about the political system that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) would like to introduce.In a trial due to begin on 30 September before an Istanbul assizes court, Güler and Zarakolu are facing at least eight months in prison if convicted on charges of “publishing PKK statements” and “PKK propaganda.” The PKK has been waging an armed struggle for Kurdish independence since 1984 and is on a government list of terrorist organisations.Published by Editions Belges and entitled “The KCK File: Global State and Kurds without a State”, the book was immediately confiscated and banned when it was made available at a book fair in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir in May. “KCK” are the initials of the “democratic confederalism” that the PKK proposes for Turkey.Prosecutor Hakan Karaali is bringing his case under articles 6 and 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Law, which has been used to prosecute many Kurdish journalists and news media, and to impose long jail terms.Zarakolu said he published the book in order to satisfy “the right of readers to information” and to present “an alternative version of the facts.” Güler said he “avoided using language that is to anyone’s benefit or detriment.” The author added: “The Kurdish political parties are banned. Former ministers, intellectuals, human rights activists and lawyers are jailed. Citizens have a right to know what is going on. I wrote this book in an entirely objective manner.”Güler and Zarakolu have just been tried before another Istanbul court of assizes in connection with an earlier book, entitled “Decisions harder to take than death.” The court acquitted Zarakolu but sentenced Güler to 15 months in prison on 10 June on a charge of PKK propaganda.Reporters Without Borders is worried about the situation of press freedom and media in Turkey amid mounting judicial harassment of journalists, especially those working for Kurdish media. It particularly concerned about new resolutions regarding TV news broadcasts that the government adopted on 15 July.Interior minister Besir Atalay announced that the Radio and TV Supreme Council had decided, in agreement with national TV station executives, that “certain principles must be followed in situations of terrorist risk and other extraordinary circumstances.” Under these “principles,” TV stations undertake to limit the length and frequency of news flashes.Another resolution, which has all the hallmarks of a veiled warned to the media, stressed that TV executives had a duty to avoid broadcasting “programmes, interviews or statements that appear to justify terrorist actions or are likely to be interpreted as propaganda on behalf of the people responsible for attacks or as encouraging future attacks.”The interior minister hailed “these very decisive positions regarding terrorism” but the Contemporary Association of Journalists has warned that they are “likely to result in abuses.”Reporters Without Borders fears that the vague working of these resolutions will be open to different interpretations and will encourage TV stations to censor themselves. Combined with the Anti-Terrorism Law, they could provide the authorities with new grounds for arbitrary arrests and prosecutions. April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information November 3, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judge says publishing freedom pioneer must remain in detention News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Turkey to go further News April 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit TurkeyEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Family-proofing measures for candidates

first_imgTechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! TAGSFine GaelLimerick City and CountyLocal Elections 2019Newspolitics Advertisement Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Email A SERIES of measures designed to encourage political parties to put more female candidates forward for election have been welcomed by Fine Gael candidate for Limerick City North, Olivia O’Sullivan.“At a time when several female councillors in Limerick City and County Council are stepping down, it was a huge decision, especially as a mother with small children, to accept the opportunity to come forward as a candidate for local election,” Ms O’Sullivan told the Limerick Post this week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I obviously welcome any measures to ‘family-proof’ the role as outlined and could not be taking this step without the full support of my family. However, even with its challenges, I firmly believe our Council needs better diversity and needs to be more representative of the people it serves.“I also don’t underestimate the value to our young girls, and boys, of seeing more women in public representation and the long-term positives this will bring. We need more female representation; right now there are eight sitting female councillors in Limerick City and County, out of 40 in the council chamber. This has to change,” the mother-of-two said.The measures brought forward by the Government include a new funding scheme, to be introduced in advance of the 2019 local elections, to incentivize political parties to increase the proportion of female candidates. An information campaign will also be launched before the local elections, highlighting the critical role of women in local government. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Linkedin Printcenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter Previous articleChamber wants three-city approach to RSESNext articleWATCH: Munster make hard work of Zebre but keep pace with Glasgow Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsPoliticsFamily-proofing measures for candidatesBy Alan Jacques – March 23, 2019 1126 Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow last_img read more

Better Breathing Through Chemistry – Lucky Eagle

first_imgRochester, Wash., January 3, 2013 –– Guests and employees of Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel can literally breathe easier thanks to a cutting-edge new molecular air purification system installed at the casino earlier this month.The system attacks smoke and other air contaminants at a molecular level, leaving the air virtually smoke free.“We can now proudly say that Lucky Eagle has the cleanest air of any casino in the region and we achieved it in an environmentally friendly way,” Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel Chief Executive Officer John Setterstrom said.The air purification system pioneered by Moleculair™ Technologies, Inc. emits a very fine mist of naturally occurring chemicals into the casino through the existing ventilation system. The mist binds to smoke molecules and other air contaminants, breaking down and destroying them.The product is in over 40 Casinos nationwide and they are expecting to double that in 2013.“Our system is reliable and hassle free to install and maintain,” said Chief Operating Officer Joe DiLeo of Moleculair.  “We have received calls from all over the world wanting our technology. We were excited to add Lucky Eagle Casino to our list of clients.”It is believed that Lucky Eagle is the first casino in Washington to implement this new technology.“This is yet another example of our commitment to making the experience for our guests as comfortable and enjoyable as possible,” Setterstrom said. Lucky Eagle eliminates smoke with molecular air system References:Moleculair.comLuckyeagle.com#  #  #Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel is owned and operated by the Chehalis Tribe. The casino features more than 900 slot machines, plus live poker, blackjack, keno and bingo. The newly expanded 171-room Eagles Landing Hotel is connected to the casino.center_img Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more