Harassment of media since March 2013

first_img News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Organisation News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Turkey News RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 28, 2021 Find out more April 29, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Harassment of media since March 2013 April 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is resuming its news feed with updates about harassment of news providers in Turkey.29.04.2013 – Only three journalists released at KCK trialsReporters Without Borders welcomes the provisional release of two journalists on 26 April by an Istanbul court that is trying a large number of Kurdish media personnel for alleged membership of a “media committee” created by the outlawed Union of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK).RWB is nonetheless deeply disappointed by the very limited nature of the measure. A total of 24 defendants who are Kurdish media employees and journalists are still detained.The two reporters released on 26 April, at the end of four days of hearings, were Zeynep Ceren Kuray of the Firat news agency and Sadik Topaloglu of the Diha news agency.Their 24 colleagues continue to be held on the grounds that “they could try to escape” and that the sentences requested by the prosecution are “very severe.” The next session of hearings will be held from 17 to 19 June, when the court will again consider their requests for provisional release.The court expects that by then the police will have arrested other Kurdish media personnel for whom warrants have been issued. It also plans to analyze the transcripts of phone calls about two journalists, Ertus Bozkurt and Yüksel Genç.Defence lawyer Firat Epözdemir argued during last week hearings that his clients are being prosecuted solely because they covered issues concerning Turkey’s Kurdish ethnic minority and that continuation of the trial is therefore inconsistant with the peace talks currently under way between the government and the Kurdish armed PKK.“The (PKK) press conference in Mount Qandil (in northern Iraq) on 25 April was attended by about 100 reporters working mainly for Turkish media,” he said. “They included representatives of the government news agency Anatolia. In this context, I do not understand why our journalists are being tried.”Another defence lawyer, Ercan Kanar, said: “The quality of journalism is regulated solely by the criteria of professional ethics. It should not be debated in a court hearing. The journalists here in this courtroom have already won their place in the world history of media freedom.”The court meanwhile drew the attention of prosecutors to the use by some defendants of expressions such as “so-called trial,” “defamatory indictment” and “so-called indictment.”Two Reporters Without Borders representatives attended the first day of the 12th session of hearings on 22 April as part of an RWB investigation into the impact that the government’s negotiations with Kurdish separatists could have on media freedom in Turkey.The two RWB representatives then spent three days in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir meeting with civil society representatives and journalists. Their request to visit Tayyip Temel, a journalist jailed in Diyarbakir since October 2011, was denied.In another trial involving allegations of KCK membership, a court in the southern city of Adana released Diha reporter Zeynep Kuris and five other defendants conditionally on 24 April. Arrested on 3 November along with Halime Parlak and Ergin Caglar of Azadiya Welat, she is still charged with KCK membership. Kuris and fellow reporter Özlem Agus made a name for themselves by investigating the mistreatment of adolescent detainees in Pozanti prison (in Adana province). She will be subject to judicial control until the next hearing, scheduled for 3 July.——–29.04.2013 – Four journalists still facing long jail terms in Ergenekon trialReporters Without Borders continues to closely follow the five-year-old “Ergenekon” trial in Silivri, 60 km northwest of Istanbul, where the 288th hearing was held on 26 April. A total of 275 defendants, of whom 66 are in preventive detention, are accused of participating in an ultranationalist and secularist conspiracy to topple the government.The defendant Bedirhan Sinal testified that the police provided him with a grenade to throw at the headquarters of the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet (Republic). He said he ended up throwing a home-made gasoline bomb instead of the grenade in order to spare lives.In his testimony, Sinal also told the court that “an organization within the police has used me since a very young age and has occasionally shut its eyes to my criminal activity.”In his summation to the court on 18 March, prosecutor Mehmet Ali Pekgüzel said “the existence of a terrorist organization is established” and requested life sentences without possibility of pardon for more than 60 of the defendants, including the journalists Mustafa Balbay and Tuncay Özkan, who have been detained for the past five years.Long jail terms were also requested for more than 90 other defendants including the journalists Yalçin Küçük and Güler Kömürcü Öztürk.During the 26 April hearing, Özkan’s lawyer, Hüseyin Ersöz, urged a parliamentary commission that is investigating illegal phone tapping to evaluate the prosecution’s evidence against his client from the human rights perspective.Balbay and Mehmet Haberal, a defendant who – like Balbay – is still in detention despite having been elected to parliament in 2011, issued a joint statement calling on the authorities to “end this disgrace.”“The accusations brought against us relate solely to the rights to create a political party and to express and disseminate our ideas,” the statement said. “None of these activities involves any violence and they are all guaranteed by the constitution.”—–27.03.2013 – Opposition newspaper owner attacked in northwestReporters Without Borders condemns today’s attack on local journalist Cenap Kürümoglu in Tekirdag, in the northwestern region of Eastern Thrace, and hopes the local police will conduct a full and impartial investigation.The owner of the local daily Habertrak (Thrace Info), Kürümoglu was assaulted in the city centre by two masked men, who hit him with clubs and then fled when he called for help. He was briefly hospitalized with an eye injury.Police investigating the attack seized security camera recordings from shops on the street block where it took place.Kürümoglu said he thought the attack was linked to Habertrak’s editorial policies. The newspaper is critical of the local government and supports the nationalist and secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP), the largest opposition party in the national assembly. “One of my assailants was short and the other was tall,” Kürümoglu said when he left hospital. “The henchmen of those who are robbing the city of Tekirdag are responsible. This kind of action will not intimidate me. There won’t be the least change in my newspaper’s editorial line, not with the first attack nor the fifth one.”This is the second case of violence against media personnel in the past two weeks. Two reporters were attacked by residents while covering the demolition of their homes in Ankara on 14 March.—–26.03.2013 – Ahmet Sik still facing seven-year jail term for contemptThe trial of well-known investigative journalist Ahmet Sik for contempt of court resumed today before a criminal court in Silivri, 60 km west of Istanbul. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the immediate withdrawal of the absurd charges brought against him.Sik is facing up to seven years in jail in connection with the comments he made on his release from Silivri prison on 12 March 2012 after a year in preventive detention as one of the defendants in the Oda TV trial.“One day, those who hatched this plot, and the policemen, prosecutors and judges who carried it out, will in turn be incarcerated in this prison,” Sik said outside the prison. “Justice will reappear on the day they enter it,” he added.A total of 39 prosecutors and judges in charge of the “Ergenekon” investigation brought complaints against Sik, accusing him of threatening and insulting them in connection with their duties. Four other judges may also file complaints. The next hearing is scheduled for 31 May. to go further TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Reviewed: Pearl Izumi Veer Shorts and Jersey

first_imgEnduro, downhill, cross country, dual slalom, free ride, all mountain, and probably a few more I forgot to mention. Seems like today people don’t just mountain bike anymore, but regardless of your riding style of choice you have to be comfortable. While spandex is great for road riding, I like something a little more casual and flowy for the trail. People will say looks don’t matter at all, but it’s hard to not feel really cool in a pair of baggy’s and a relaxed jersey. All of a sudden your riding style goes from fitness to fun, not to mention you are more comfortable.I have been flogging the Pearl Izumi Veer jersey and short as of late and so far so good. This is Pearl’s top of the line mountain bike apparel and it shows. When testing this kit I did short rides, very relaxed rides, huge fatty multi hour rides, as well as a cross country race. I wanted to see how they stacked up across varying situations and honestly it is top notch. The Veer shorts come with a bib chamois liner. The chamois is super comfortable and the fabric used is lightweight so it doesn’t become too hot under the shell. I prefer a bib as I find it stays in place better than shorts. The outer layer shorts then clip to the bib using a simple snap system, which helps them from riding up or falling down. The shorts are a lightweight but durable fabric centered on ventilation. This really came in handy when slogging up those prolonged climbs. The shorts come with one front pocket, mesh on the thighs and sides, and elastic Velcro straps on each side for adjusting the fit.The jersey is a full zip relaxed garment that is as comfortable as your favorite tee shirt. There is no elastic at the hem or sleeves which is nice, and it has one back pocket. The fabric is incredibly breathable and when sweating or wet doesn’t stick to you or bind/bunch up anywhere. A nice touch is the jersey matches the shorts, so um, yea you look super pro with this kit.So final thoughts, Pearl Izumi had their head in the right spot when designing this kit. The fabric is light and breathable, but durable enough when you touch the ground (tested that this past weekend). The shorts are a good length and don’t go down to your calf, the jersey is incredibly comfortable and the full zip is a really nice touch for those 90+ degree days. I have yet to overheat, or wish I just had spandex on while wearing the kit. The styling is pretty cool too as at the 1st Annual Heard’s Mountain Classic this weekend I got compliments a plenty. People really dug the mesh on the front, and the pockets on both short and jersey.The short will run about $140 or $170 with bib liner and the jersey comes in at $100, these prices are normal for a company’s top of the line offerings. I am 6’1” and 162 pounds and went with size medium on both, and am quite happy with the fit. This summer ditch the spandex, get the Veer kit, and get out on the trail!($170 short and bib, $100 jersey); pearlizumi.comlast_img read more

Gardaí probe CCTV after gang damage occupied van in Letterkenny

first_imgAn investigation is underway after a gang of people set upon a van as it tried to make its way down Letterkenny Main Street last weekend.The incident occurred on Saturday night, one of the busiest nights of the year for Letterkenny as crowds gathered for the rally weekend.A van was travelling down Main Street at 10.20pm when it met large crowds standing on both sides of the road outside Dillon’s Hotel. The driver was trying to move around the crowds when a number of people set up on the van.Gardaí report that the group was banging on the sides of the van and opening the doors.The incident resulted in one of the doors being significantly damaged. The locking mechanism was broken and the van owner can no longer close the door.CCTV footage is set to be analysed as part of the investigation. Gardaí are also appealing for witnesses to come forward, or anyone with any information is being asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on (074) 916 7100 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111   Gardaí probe CCTV after gang damage occupied van in Letterkenny was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:criminal damageGardailetterkennylast_img read more

Android Bests iPhone at Browser Speed? Maybe Not

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … According to the findings, Android 2.3 had a median load time of 2.144 seconds while iPhone 4.3 had a median load time of 3.254 seconds. Much attention in the battle between Android and iPhone goes to the availability of apps on each platform. But one of the most important feature of a smartphone might not be the availability and performance of native apps but the performance of the mobile Web browser. According to a study released today by the Web optimization company Blaze, this is a big win in the Android column. The company analyzed 45,000 page load speeds to find that Android’s browser is 52% faster the iPhones. Furthermore, Android’s Chrome browser beat iPhone’s Safari browser by loading 84% of websites faster. Updated: Since our original publication, a number of questions have been raised about the methodology and assumptions of Blaze’s study, bringing into doubt any of the conclusions the company arrives at. See the end of the story for the technical details.Browser speeds have been touted by Apple and Google as strengths of their respective mobile operating systems. But Blaze found that some of the JavaScript benchmarks that are referred to in order to brag about better performance really don’t reflect actual user browsing experience. The Blaze study measured how quickly “real” websites loaded, looking at Fortune 1,000 companies’ websites, loading them multiple times over different days and testing using mostly Wi-Fi. Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web audrey watters Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Interestingly, when loading mobile websites, Android was only 3% faster, with a median load time of 2.085 seconds versus iPhone’s 2.024. But on websites that aren’t optimized for mobile, Android is 59% faster. Blaze contends that, “Android’s dominance in handling non-mobile sites is especially important when considering tablets. Tablets use the same OS and similar hardware phones do. However, users expect the full experience on tablets, not the simplified mobile sites. This means Android’s edge will make an even greater impact.” Blaze said that it was surprised by the results of its study: “We assumed that similar hardware specs and the same WebKit foundation would make iPhone and Android’s browsers perform equally. We assumed that a faster JavaScript engine equals a faster browser. We assumed that 3G would be way slower than WiFi, even under good conditions.”You can read the full report here.Update: Since this story was originally published, there have been several reports challenging Blaze’s methodology. Jim Dalrympe writes in The Loop that the custom apps Blaze had built to assess page-load time were using UIWebView, and as such did not benefit from the recent Safari updates in iOS 4.3.An Apple spokesperson confirmed that the embedded Web browser does not take advantage of these optimizations. “Their testing is flawed because they didn’t actually test the Safari web browser on the iPhone. Instead they only tested their own proprietary app which uses an embedded web viewer that doesn’t take advantage of Safari’s web performance optimizations. Despite this fundamental testing flaw, they still only found an average of a second difference in loading web pages,” says Apple spokewoman, Natalie Kerris.Since Blaze’s initial findings were refuted, the company has posted an update to its blog, attempting to clarify its findings. In a statement to CNET Blaze CTO Guy Podjarny admitted that Apple’s statement does call into question the findings of the study: “It’s certainly possible the embedded browser might produce different results. If Apple decides to apply their optimizations across their embedded browser as well, then we would be more than willing to create a new report with the new performance results.” The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Huge margins show shift towards BJP

first_imgThe huge margins with which most of the BJP candidates have won in the Lok Sabha election in Rajasthan depict a decisive shift in the voters’ preference for the party barely five months after the State Assembly elections. However, the factors which combined with the “national mood” varied in different regions of the State.The Congress was elected to power in the 2018 Assembly elections on the basis of people’s verdict that was perceived to be against the rule of then Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. However, the BJP seems to have regained lost ground by recording a bigger victory than in 2014, increasing its overall vote share as well as its margin in 19 of the 25 seats which it has won.With a vote share of 58%, against 55.61% in 2014, the BJP candidates won with a margin of more than 4 lakh votes in nine LS constituencies. There were only two seats — Dausa and Karauli-Dholpur — where the margin was less than 1 lakh, probably because the candidates could not get sufficient time to campaign due to late decision on their names.Subhash Chandra Baheria won with the biggest margin of 6.12 lakh votes in Bhilwara, followed by Chandra Prakash Joshi in Chittorgarh (5.76 lakh votes) and Diya Kumari in Rajsamand (5.51 lakh votes). The 19 seats where the BJP has increased its margin include Pali, Barmer, Ajmer, Udaipur, Banswara, Alwar, Bharatpur, Jhunjhunu, Sikar and Jhalawar-Baran.Only two of the Ministers, who were given responsibility to mobilise the voters in favour of the Congress candidates, were able to ensure the party’s lead over the BJP in their Assembly constituencies. The Congress candidates got more votes at Sapotra, represented by Food & Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Meena, and Sikrai, represented by Women & Child Development Minister Mamta Bhupesh.The vote share of the Congress, which had received 39.3% of the total votes in the 2018 Assembly elections, reduced to 34.2% in the Lok Sabha election and it could not win even a single seat in the State. While the caste combinations relied upon by the Congress did not succeed with major sections among Jats, Gujjars and Dalits apparently turning to the BJP, a number of factors helped the latter in scoring a landslide victory in different regions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Churu after the Balakot air strike on February 26 immensely helped the party in the Shekhawati region, from where a large number of youth are recruited in the armed forces every year.In the Marwar region, the alliance with the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party helped the BJP in mobilising Jats in its favour, as RLP chief Hanuman Beniwal wields considerable influence in Nagaur, Jodhpur and Barmer districts. The emergence of the Bharatiya Tribal Party in the Mewar region adversely affected the prospects of the Congress in Udaipur and Banswara, while the BJP depended on the influence of outfits like the Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad and the Bajrang Dal.Gujjars in eastern Rajasthan extended their support to the BJP after the community leader, Kirori Singh Bainsla, joined the party.last_img read more

Maradona wants to keep coaching UAE club Al Wasl

first_imgDiego Maradona has said he would like to continue as coach of Dubai’s Al Wasl team despite the club’s announcement of his dismissal.Maradona, expected to meet with the club’s board of directors, said on Wednesday he was confident that they would be “willing” to keep him and they would “reach a good deal,” reports Xinhua quoting local media.”I would like to say that I have always wished to continue in this marvellous land that has received me so well. I am especially grateful to the sheik (Ahmed bin Rashid) for having welcomed me and given me the opportunity to coach a team from the United Arab Emirates,” Maradona said in a statement.Maradona last year signed a 4.1 million-dollar two-season contract with Al Wasl Football Club and the contract ends in 2013.But after the club ended its 12-team league season in eighth place, with no championship wins, the board, headed by Rashid, announced via Twitter it was letting Maradona go.Maradona said he had already talked with club owners about the key issue of buying talent and improving Al Wasl’s performance on the field.”In the past few days, we have been talking and trying to reach a deal on buying players, a necessary requirement for winning championships that make the club’s fans happy and make sheik Ahmed happy, too,” Maradona said.”Regretfully, the club has announced something I don’t agree with, because my wish was and is to continue coaching Al Wasl and if the club can’t buy players due to a lack of budget, there is always the possibility of talking it over with the board and finding solutions,” Maradona added.advertisementlast_img read more

Conte: Abramovich visit normal

first_imgChelsea Abramovich visit to Cobham ‘normal’, says Chelsea boss Conte Peter Hanson Last updated 2 years ago 22:31 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) abramovich - Cropped Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Manchester United Chelsea v Manchester United Antonio Conte The Blues owner spoke with the manager, but he insists such a conversation is merely routine Antonio Conte has confirmed that he was visited by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich last Sunday, but described the meeting as “normal”.Blues 6/4 for defeat to Man UReports in the media have continually suggested that all is not well between Conte and Chelsea’s hierarchy, particularly over the club’s transfer policy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The relationship between Abramovich and Conte is said to be at an all-time low, with suggestions the Italian may be removed from his post.A 3-0 defeat at Roma in the Champions League in midweek has only exacerbated rumours of a rift, but Conte insists there was nothing untoward about Abramovich’s trip to Cobham.”Yeah, Mr Abramovich was in Cobham on Sunday after the Bournemouth game to watch training, to speak, but this is normal,” he told a media briefing ahead of Sunday’s Premier League contest against title rivals Manchester United.”Honestly, we spoke about the Bournemouth game [last weekend], then the first game with Roma. We spoke about this.”Conte repeats that the second half v Roma was bad in many aspects but that is the past and it is important now to prepare well for Sunday.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 3, 2017Conte stated after the Rome horror show that Chelsea lacked “hunger”, but the former Juventus boss says such an occurrence can happen during the course of a season.”Honestly, I think that the second half against Roma was bad in many different aspects. But I think sometimes this can happen,” he added. “The most important thing is you don’t see this type of situation again. We played a really good first half and we were 2-0 down but, honestly, I was more worried after the first half at Stamford Bridge when we were winning 2-1 but didn’t have the control of the game. “Instead, after the first half, I was more confident in our second half. But, instead, the second half was very negative. But now it’s the past. “Now it’s important to prepare very well this game against Manchester United and try to do our best on Sunday.”He added: “For sure, I’m happy. I’m happy to work with my players. Because, I repeat, the commitment is always good. “This season we are struggling. We are struggling a lot because we are facing a lot of important problems. And to solve these problems is not simple. “But I think, in this moment, you can see if you are winners or losers. You understand? This is very important, this moment. “When the period is positive, it’s very simple for everyone to play well, to have great confidence. In this moment, when you’re struggling, it’s important to show our character, to be strong, to face the problems in the right way. “But I’m used, in my life, to doing this. I struggled a lot in my life, as a player and then as a coach also. My history, my story, tells you this.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Introducing Indoor Touch

first_imgThe sport of Touch Football continues to grow across the nation, with the ACT introducing Indoor Touch, enabling players to continue to enjoy the game, whilst avoiding the cold climate. Free trials held at 6:30pm on Thursday 19 June, Thursday 26 June and Thursday 3 July 2008 at mPowerDome, Fadden, ACTThe Indoor Touch Football season will start on Thursday 24 July 2008 (Term 3). Nominations will be taken for Men’s and Mixed competitions. To register or for further information please contact:ACT Touch Ph: 6212 2880mPowerDome Ph: 6298 5500last_img read more

Video: Auburn RB Corey Grant Ran A Blazing Sub-4.3 40 At The Tigers’ Pro Day

first_imgCorey Grant runs 40-yard dash.Former Auburn running back Corey Grant is doing a pretty good job impressing the scouts at the Tigers’ pro day this afternoon. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back did not receive an invite to the Senior Bowl or the NFL Combine, but he’s making up for that today. Grant might be the fastest player available in the upcoming NFL Draft. According to multiple people in attendance at Auburn’s pro day, Grant ran a sub-4.3 40-yard dash. Hearing unofficial 40 chatter of 4.27 and 4.28 for AU RB Corey Grant. Workout wonder. #AUProDay— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) March 3, 2015BREAKING: Corey Grant is fast. Unofficially a 4.27 40 at Pro Day— Tom Green (@Tomas_Verde) March 3, 2015Times are often a little faster at pro days than they are at the combine or at NFL team’s individual workouts, but that’s still an incredibly impressive performance by Grant. He’s certainly helping his draft stock today.last_img read more

Auburn Basketball Now Has The No. 1 Recruiting Class In The SEC For 2016

first_imgAuburn has the best basketball recruiting class for 2016.Auburn Basketball ClassAs of roughly 12 p.m. E.T. Sunday, Auburn’s men’s basketball program has the best recruiting class in the SEC for 2016. Yes, you read that correctly. The Tigers, after receiving the commitment of five-star small forward Mustapha Heron, have rose in 247 Sports’ Team Rankings to the top of the SEC and No. 7 in the country. Auburn has three commitments in the class: Heron, three-star point guard Jared Harper and three-star Anfernee McLemore. Now, there is a long way to go before teams are done recruiting for 2016. Kentucky will surely add multiple elite recruits to its class and probably end up with the top class in the conference. But, for a little while, Bruce Pearl’s program can claim to be at the top of the SEC recruiting mountain, and that’s pretty cool.last_img read more