An Ankara court on Sept. 8 rejected the appeal against the arrest of OdaTV Ankara News Editor Müyesser Yıldız, who was jailed in June on espionage charges. OdaTV said that the court gave its decision without waiting for Yıldız's lawyer Erhan Tokatlı to attend the hearing.
Top executives of the independent news portal Diken were acquitted of terrorism charges they faced for reporting on anonymous Twitter user Fuat Avni, who accurately predicted several events before they happened. Diken Founder Harun Simavi, Editor-in-chief Erdal Güven and former Deputy Editor-in-chief Semin Sezerer were accused of "aiding a terrorist organization without being a member."
Turkey’s journalist associations demand online media to be covered under protection of press legislation
Hacı Bişkin reports: Journalists working for online media sites in Turkey urge their professional associations to enable them to be protected by press legislation under which they are currently not included. Since they are not considered 'journalists' according to the legislation, they are exposed to exploitation and a heavy work schedule.
Vural Özdemir writes: Both scientists and journalists seek the truth. But the truth is caught between a rock and a hard place with COVID-19. We are facing, on the one hand, an anti-science movement and, on the other hand, scientific essentialism that omits the role of power politics and human values in the making of truth. As an antidote, we need a new narrative on evidence frameworks in journalism that expands on the classic 5W + 1H.
International Press Institute launches podcast series from Turkey on press freedom, future of journalism
The International Press Institute (IPI) has launched "Freedom Dialogues: Turkey," a podcast series exploring media freedom issues from the country. Hosted by Duvar English's editor-in-chief Cansu Çamlıbel, the first episode kicked off with a conversation with prominent journalist Kadri Gürsel.
Forty-five prominent rights groups have urged Turkey to release journalist Nedim Türfent ahead of his 1500th day in jail on June 21. "Evidently, he is imprisoned for simply doing his job as a journalist, and he must be released, unconditionally and without delay," Salil Tripathi, Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee said.
Luke Frostick writes: While I was reading The Struggle for Modern Turkey, the word I keep coming back to to describe Sabiha Sertel was badass. Throughout her life she showed a real commitment towards her ideals and an unwillingness to compromise that would see her tried numerous times, nearly lynched, imprisoned and eventually forced to flee.
In this edition of Turkey: The Long View, Duvar English columnist Luke Frostick is joined by the president of P.E.N. Turkey, an international organization dedicated to protecting the rights of writers around the world.
Four journalists of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper have given their testimonies to the Istanbul police station over a news report concerning illegal construction undertaken by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s aide Fahrettin Altun on a land in Istanbul’s Kuzguncuk neighborhood. The journalists said that the news piece in question does not have "a purpose of showing Altun as a target" and "was penned for the purpose of journalism."