Summing-up in trial of RSF’s Turkey representative delayed until January

first_img Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the Turkish authorities to dismiss the case against its Turkey representative and two other human rights defenders after an Istanbul court today adjourned their trial for the seventh time in nearly two years. Representatives of PEN International and Norwegian PEN and diplomats from France, Luxembourg, Norway and the United Kingdom also attended today’s hearing at a court in the Istanbul district of Çağlayan. In all, around 40 people have been or are being prosecuted for taking part in the campaign, in which they symbolically took turns at being Özgür Gündem’s “editor for a day” in mid-2016 because it had been the victim of judicial persecution. It ended up being forcibly closed in August 2016. A leading press freedom defender who has represented RSF in Turkey since 1996, Önderoğlu and his two fellow defendants have been on trial since November 2016 for their role in a campaign to defend media pluralism. April 28, 2021 Find out more News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Council of EuropeJudicial harassment All three are facing up to 14 years in prison on charges of “propaganda for a terrorist organization,” “condoning crime” and “inciting crime” for taking part in a campaign of solidarity with the pro-Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem. Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Önderoğlu added: “Our only crime was to defend pluralism and we will continue to do so. We call on the justice system to recognize civil society’s legitimate role and to end these arbitrary prosecutions.” Credit: Yasin Akgül / AFP Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Council of EuropeJudicial harassment Eleven other journalists, including Faruk Eren, Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, İhsan Çaralan and Fehim Işık, are due to appear in court tomorrow in Istanbul for taking part in the same solidarity campaign.center_img News Attended by two of the three defendants, RSF Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu and human rights defender Şebnem Korur Fincancı, today’s hearing was adjourned after just five minutes on the grounds that the court needs to examine the written statement sent by the third defendant, Ahmet Nesin, who has fled the country. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Turkey to go further The already worrying situation of Turkey’s media has become critical since an abortive coup in July 2016. Many media outlets have been closed summarily, without any effective form of recourse, mass trials are being held and Turkey now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists in prison. It is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. RSF also appeals for as much support as possible for the next hearing, scheduled for 28 January, at which the prosecution is finally expected to present its summing-up and announce the sentences it wants the court to impose. Özgür Gündem’s successor, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, was itself placed under judicial control in March of this year. Önderoğlu and his two co-defendants are the only participants to have been arrested in connection with this campaign. They spent ten days in provisional detention in June 2016. Organisation October 9, 2018 – Updated on October 10, 2018 Summing-up in trial of RSF’s Turkey representative delayed until January RSF_en “This threat hanging over our colleagues sends an intimidatory message to Turkey’s journalists and civil society that is unacceptable,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk, who attended the hearing. “We call for the broadest possible support for the next hearing, at which the prosecution is to present its summing-up.” News Help by sharing this information April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Ghostriders reach back into the past to find new skipper

first_img Last season, Heaven’s Thunder Cats posted a 30-17-0-5 record, finishing third in the KIJHL’s Eddie Mountain Division. The Fernie Ghostriders have decided to reach back into the past to find the next coach and GM of the club with the hiring of Barry Wolff as the teams’ new skipper. Heaven joins a Trail team that struggled to a league worst 11-42-1-6 record. Wolff replaces Will Verner as the decision-maker and bench boss of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League power.Verner, who has been with the Rider for the past five seasons, decided to retire from coaching to pursue a business opportunity in the Okanagan.Wolff, who comes to the East Kootenay squad with Junior A hockey experience in the B.C. and Alberta leagues, formerly held the top job in Fernie from 2001-04.Heaven moves from Thunder Cats to SmokiesCreston coach Brent Heaven is leaving the Thunder Cats to take a job as assistant coach with Trail of the B.C. Hockey League. Heaven spent six seasons as head coach and general manager of KIJHL teams in Castlegar and Creston.center_img Heaven has also spent time as a co-coach with former Leaf skipper Simon Wheeldon with the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Major Midget League. Creston is currently accepting applications until May 25 for a new coach and GM. Interested applicants should send resumes to [email protected]last_img read more

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