Turkey: “Acquit Cumhuriyet, acquit journalism!”

first_imgNews Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor to go further Credit: Ozan Kose / AFP Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize April 24, 2018 Turkey: “Acquit Cumhuriyet, acquit journalism!” Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Follow the news on Turkey News News News Receive email alerts RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the acquittal of the 18 Cumhuriyet newspaper journalists and administrators whose trial resumed today in Silivri high security prison and is due to conclude this week. RSF submitted an amicus brief to the court today.More than 18 months after police raided Cumhuriyet’s Istanbul headquarters in October 2016, the court is finally expected to reach a verdict during this week’s hearing. Thirteen of the defendants are facing the possibility of 15 years in prison on a charge of “assisting a terrorist organization.”One of the defendants, Cumhuriyet CEO Akın Atalay, has been held for more than 500 days. Ten of his co-defendants, including investigative reporter Ahmet Şık, columnist Kadri Gürsel and editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu, spent many months in prison before being released conditionally.The amicus brief that RSF submitted to the court today – written by French lawyers William Bourdon, Amélie Lefebvre, Jessica Lescs and Guillaume Sauvage – demonstrates that the defendants’ rights to free speech and to a fair trial have been violated, in contravention of both Turkish law and the European Convention on Human Rights.RSF’s Turkey representative, Erol Önderoğlu, will begin attending this week’s hearings on 26 April.“Acquit Cumhuriyet’s staff and at the same time acquit journalism!” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Throughout this trial, we have seen the prosecution develop a Kafkaesque conspiracy theory based on the criminalization of journalism. Eleven journalists and administrators have languished in prison for no reason, and have been treated as terrorists just for doing their job. It is high time to end this farce.”The indictment claims that Cumhuriyet’s journalists and administrators effected a “radical editorial change” in 2015 and thereafter supported the goals of three organizations labelled as “terrorist” by the Turkish authorities: the movement led by the US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the small, far-left group DHKP/C.In fact, Cumhuriyet has always criticized these three movements, whose ideologies are very different. The prosecution has nonetheless based its case above all on the newspaper’s articles, its contacts with sources, its business relationships and the activities of its board – all of which have been taken out of context and interpreted in a partial manner.In recent years, Cumhuriyet has published a series of revelations that were embarrassing for the authorities and has become the spearhead of an independent press that is now under more pressure than ever. It was awarded the RSF Press Freedom Prize in 2015.The already worrying media situation in Turkey has become critical under the state of emergency that was proclaimed after a failed coup attempt in July 2016. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held, and more than 100 journalists are currently in prison, a world record.Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. April 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Unemployment in Limerick now lowest since 2008

first_imgLimerick mayor must have real powers to drive transport strategy Email Print Twitter More than €1 Million allocated to Limerick homeowners this year through energy efficiency grants WhatsApp First directly elected mayor vote could take place in 2021 BusinessNewsPoliticsUnemployment in Limerick now lowest since 2008By Editor – May 8, 2017 1443 Senator Maria ByrneThe Live Register in Limerick has fallen by 15.6% since this time last year. Overall there has been a decrease of 47.2% since the launch of Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012.Commenting on these figures, Fine Gael Senator, Maria Byrne said: “The national unemployment rate now stands at 6.2 %, down from a peak of 15.2% in 2012, as highlighted by my colleague, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor earlier this week. The Live Register has declined by 40% nationally since we launched the Action Plan for Jobs in early 2012.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Thankfully this is not just a national success story; Limerick is also benefitting from the trend of falling unemployment.“CSO figures show that the Live Register in Limerick has fallen by 15.6% since April last year. Overall the Live Register has decreased by 47.2% here in Limerick since the launch of Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012.“The number of persons on the Live Register in April 2017 is the lowest number recorded in the seasonally adjusted series since October 2008.“We must ensure that this trend continues for the well-being of all our people.“In February we launched the Action Plan for Jobs 2017 to help creates jobs for all who seek one.For rural Ireland only 70% of the new jobs added in 2016 were outside Dublin and the Action Plan for 2017 will continue with this focus.“Each new job created in Limerick is another family looking forward to a brighter future. Fine Gael in Government continues to prioritise job creation, because we believe that only a strong economy, supporting people at work, can pay for the services needed to improve people’s lives here in Limerick and around the country,” Senator Byrne concluded. Facebookcenter_img TAGSLive RegisterSenator Maria Byrne Previous articleThree year funding delay for LEADER projectsNext articleRemarkable day in the life of Maz and Bricks Editor Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Register in County Limerick down 64 per cent since 2011 Linkedin Process to install second MRI scanner at UHL is underway 16% drop in Limerick live register figureslast_img read more

Hiker recounts seeing mysterious monolith removed from Utah desert site

first_imgCourtesy @TheMeowtainGiraffe via InstagramBY: IVAN PEREIRA AND DRAGANA JOVANOVIC, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — The truth behind the pair of mysterious monoliths is out there, and investigators on two continents are hard at work searching for clues.Now, an eyewitness has shed some light on how the 10- to 12-foot metal beam was removed from the Utah desert last week.Mike Newlands, 38, of Denver, told ABC News that he, his roommate and two other friends decided to drive to the Red Rock desert to see the object, which went viral after it was discovered Nov. 18. The group was among the scores of other hikers who traveled to the region to see the mysterious structure and take some pictures.Around 8:30 p.m. Friday, while Newlands and his friends were hanging out in front of the structure, he said a group of four men came to the monolith and took it down.“We were shell shocked. We were like, ‘Holy smokes,’” Newlands told ABC News. “It was like watching an Internet meme die in real life.”Newlands took photos of the unidentified group removing the structure. The people who removed it kept to themselves, Newlands said, and then left quickly.A spokeswoman for the Utah state office for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management told ABC News it is investigating the installation of the structure since it is illegal to install any object on public land without permission from the agency.Newlands said he heard the group call the monolith “litter,” and he said he believes it shouldn’t have been put in the desert in the first place.“If people are going to this, get permission, be respectful,” he said.The BLM said the attention generated by the monolith resulted in trash problems for the desert as visitors left human waste and other garbage in the area near the monolith’s location. The agency also warned that visiting the spot was not safe, because there is no cellphone service or bathrooms, and specialized vehicles are recommended to traverse the terrain.On Monday, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said it wouldn’t investigate the structure’s installation or removal, because it was private property and no one claimed responsibility for putting it up or owning it. The office did not immediately return messages for updates on the case Tuesday.Officials nearly 6,000 miles away in northeastern Romania were also scratching their heads over a similar monolith that was discovered Nov. 26. Just like the object in Utah, the approximately 10-foot mysterious beam disappeared from its spot in the city of Piatra Neamt on Tuesday, according to city officials.Rocsana Josanu, the culture and heritage official for Piatra Neamt, told ABC News she was baffled by the object’s arrival. The land where it was discovered is a protected archeological site that dates back to the second century B.C., so any work on the land requires permission from the government, she said.“It was facing Mt. Ceahlau or the ‘Holy Mountain’ as we call it. So, maybe it was used in some ritual,” Josanu told ABC News. “We are looking into it.”The city’s mayor, Andrei Carabelea, offered some humorous hypotheses behind the structure in a Facebook post.“My guess is that some alien, cheeky and terrible teenagers left home with their parents UFO and started planting metal monoliths around the world. First in Utah and then at Piatra Neamt. I am honored that they chose our city,” he wrote.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more