Jailed journalist Murat Ağırel refused healthcare after being forced to wait for hours in large crowds. He was taken to an infirmary instead of a hospital, and transferred in handcuffs.
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.
Ülkü Doğanay writes: Maybe in January 2016, if the former prime minister, who now resents his colleagues and who kept quiet before the events regarding Şehir University, had remembered that he was also an academic benefiting from free expression, then universities may not have been in the dark position they are in today.
Istanbul court releases three journalists, keeps three others behind bars for officer’s funeral report
Six Turkish journalists who were arrested in March for covering the death of an intelligence officer killed in Libya, appeared in court in Istanbul for the first time on June 24. After the journalists presented their defenses, the Istanbul 34th Heavy Penal Court released three journalists from jail, while ordered the continued arrest of three others.
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."
Filiz Gazi reports: A recent law, which passed in the parliament on April 14 supposedly for preventing the spread of coronavirus in prisons, is unconstitutional according to main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul deputy İbrahim Kaboğlu, who also chairs the Constitutional Law Research Association. "Laws that grant amnesty are supposed to apply to political prisoners, while this law effectively does the opposite, and frees many of those guilty of standard criminal offenses," Kaboğlu says.
Turkish prosecutors seek up to 18 years in jail for eight journalists for report on intel officer’s funeral
Turkish prosecutors are seeking up to 18 years in jail for eight journalists over a report covering the funeral of an intelligence agent killed in Libya. The journalists are accused of violating Turkey's intelligence laws, even although the intel agent's name had been previously made public by an opposition lawmaker.
Turkish news anchor Fatih Portakal assured his audience April 16 that he would continue to deliver the news despite the fine of a three-time cancellation of his news show. Portakal was fined for his criticism of the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As journalists, we must engage with this novel and dangerous virus, as it is the top item on the agenda. The fear of getting the virus, how severely it may affect you, and transmitting it to others is layered upon the existing fear and lack of security that comes along with the job.
Twenty two journalists were sent to jail, nine others were detained, while 20 journalists appeared before the courts in Turkey in March, according to a report prepared by CHP MP Utku Çakırözer. The deputy demanded that imprisoned politicians, prisoners and human rights activists are not excluded from the government's plan to release thousands of prisoners.
The International Press Institute called on governments around the world to ensure the freedom of the press in their respective countries amid the coronavirus outbreak. The IPI urged governments to allow reporters access to information and officials, ensure that press freedom is not limited under the guise of health precautions, and provide reporters with access to protective gear.