More than 300 generals sue Islamist newspaper

first_img Receive email alerts News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today called on the Turkish armed forces to show more respect for press freedom after 312 generals on 31 October filed suit against the Islamist daily Vakit and one of its columnists, Asim Yenihaber, demanding 367,000 euros in damages for an article headlined, “The country where a soldier who shouldn’t be a sergeant becomes a general.”In a letter to justice minister Cemil Cicek, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard described the sum as “exorbitant” and as “a death warrant for the newspaper.” If Vakit were made to pay this amount, “the army would have achieved its goal of silencing all press criticism.”Ménard added: “As Turkey is a candidate to join the European Union, we would have hoped the army would show more respect for press freedom, but once again we have proof that it is far from assimilating the basic principles of democracy.”The plaintiffs include army commander Aytaç Yalman, air force commander Ibrahim Firtina, navy commander Ozden Ornek and gendarmerie commander Sener Eruygur. In their libel suit, filed with a higher court in Ankara, they said the article was likely to arouse “feelings of hate and contempt towards officers with the rank of general and degrade the Turkish armed forces in the eyes of society.” Describing it as a reflection of Yenihaber’s “mental and psychological disturbance,” they added that “no one has the right to offend and humiliate generals.”In his column, published on 25 August, Yenihaber said: “Nothing indicates that these are generals aside from the stars on their shoulders (…) There is no place for them either in the army or in the country.” Vakit has often lambasted the armed forces and the officer corps. His editors said his economic survival is now directly threatened by this libel suit.Press freedom is still subject to many restrictions in Turkey, despite the democratic reforms it has adopted with a view to joining the European Union. Journalists who dare to criticise state institutions or broach taboo topics such as the Kurdish problem or the army’s meddling in politics are censored and are the target of abusive lawsuits, with heavy fines. At least four journalists are currently in prison for the views they have expressed in the course of their work. News Follow the news on Turkey News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summitcenter_img April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further News April 2, 2021 Find out more November 4, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More than 300 generals sue Islamist newspaper April 28, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Organisation last_img read more

Philanthropist Margaret “Peg” Palmer, Founding President of Pacific Asia Museum, Dies at 100

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img More Cool Stuff Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy People Philanthropist Margaret “Peg” Palmer, Founding President of Pacific Asia Museum, Dies at 100 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | 12:39 pm USC Pacific Asia Museum announced today the passing of Margaret “Peg” Palmer on Sunday evening, April 12, 2015 and expresses its deepest gratitude to her family for all her contributions to the museum.Margaret N. Palmer (born Margaret Ann Niedringhaus in 1915, Pittsburgh, PA) was an invaluable patron and leader of the museum from its origin as the Pacificulture Foundation in 1960. Without her inspired efforts the museum would not be the respected establishment it is today. From her earliest involvement as the founding board President of the Pacificulture Foundation from 1964 – 1971, to her committed service and leadership on the board of the Pacific Asia Museum (founding board president 1971 – 1973), Palmer was a consistent advocate for the intercultural preservation and dissemination of art and culture. She was an important figure in the formative years of the museum, a pillar of strength and determination, and her legacy here will not soon be forgotten.Longtime museum member, volunteer and storyteller Sunny Stevenson says, “The museum was founded because she felt that peace in the world must begin with an understanding and appreciation of people, customs and cultures different from our own. If it were not for her grace, charm, enthusiasm and perseverance, we would not be enjoying an exciting place that is still growing and developing in even greater ways.”Palmer graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology in the School of Fine Arts/Drama Department, Pittsburgh, PA, in 1936. She was a member of the Beta Pi Sorority (currently Kappa Kappa Gamma). She then attended Parson’s School of Design in New York City, where she began her career in fashion design and modeling. After marrying Everett Arthur Palmer, Jr. in 1941, they moved to Pasadena in 1946. Margaret then modeled for I. Magnin & Company and Bullock’s Wilshire.Palmer’s community service was extensive, from the American Red Cross in 1942 to the Assistance League of Pasadena, Pasadena Sister City Committee, Pasadena Art Alliance, Girls Club of Pasadena, and Parent Teacher Associations of San Marino and Pasadena school districts. She was also a member of the Valley Hunt Club, Caltech Associates, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, and the Far Eastern Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.The Palmer family will hold a memorial service for Margaret Palmer on Saturday, May 16, 2015 in the museum’s courtyard from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the public. No reservations are required, and admission to the museum will be free for non-members attending the memorial.The Palmer family has also generously established the Margaret N. Palmer Memorial Fund for USC Pacific Asia Museum. To donate to this fund in her memory, please contact Sandra Chen Lau at tel. (626) 449-2742 ext. 33 or [email protected]last_img read more