RSF deplores media crackdown in Turkey as Cumhuriyet chairman is arrested

first_img News Help by sharing this information Organisation News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the arrest today of Akın Atalay, board chairman of the Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, at Istanbul airport on his return from Germany. His lawyer, Bahri Bayram Belen, told journalists: “We don’t know how long he will remain in police custody. It is possible he may be imprisoned (after they have finished questioning him) because we are witnessing a political operation against the newspaper, with no basis in law.” RSF editor-in-chief Virginie Dangles said: “This unprecedented wave of arrests of journalists and media workers based on absurd allegations cannot go on. The international community must do everything in its power to make the Turkish government understand that this headlong crackdown will not be without consequences.” Nine Cumhuriyet journalists and other employees were detained on 5 November as part of an investigation into alleged links to terrorist organizations, namely the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Gülen movement.Arrest warrants were issued for Atalay and Can Dündar, Cumhuriyet’s former editor-in-chief who is now in exile. The newspaper was awarded the 2015 RSF-TV5 Monde Press Freedom Prize in the media category.In another anti-terrorism investigation, against the Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem, the public prosecutor yesterday demanded life imprisonment for novelist and columnist Aslı Erdoğan and nine other employees of the paper. They were arrested when the newspaper was closed by the police in August and accused of membership of a terrorist organization, carrying out terrorist propaganda and undermining national unity. The court has two weeks to approve the indictment. RSF reiterates its call to sign the petition in support of Asli Erdoğan’s release. Already ranked 151st of 180 countries in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index, Turkey has been sinking deeper into unprecedented repression since the coup attempt on 15 July. The authorities are using the state of emergency to stifle any criticism. News organizations are being closed down and press accreditations and passports withdrawn, and more than 100 journalists are now behind bars. News November 11, 2016 RSF deplores media crackdown in Turkey as Cumhuriyet chairman is arrested TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses WomenJudicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor to go furthercenter_img April 28, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses WomenJudicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize April 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Turkeylast_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Releases “In The Kitchen” Video From New SiriusXM ‘Jam Files’ Session [Watch]

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee recently stopped by SiriusXM‘s Jam On for a special in-studio performance, which premiered on Monday as part of the satellite radio station’s Jam Files sessions.Hosted by Ari Fink during the band’s recent three-night New York City run, Umphrey’s Jam Files episode will continue to air at the following times on Sirius XM’s Jam On (channel 29) throughout the week:Tuesday, March 5th, at 6:00 p.m. (EST)Wednesday, March 6th, at 11:00 p.m. (EST)Thursday, March 7th, at 8:00 a.m. (EST)Saturday, March 9th, at 9:00 a.m. (EST)Sunday, March 10th, at 3:00 p.m. (EST)Watch video of Umphrey’s McGee performing “In The Kitchen” from their Jam Files episode below:Umphrey’s McGee “In The Kitchen”[Video: SiriusXM Jam On]Head to Umphrey’s McGee’s website for a full list of their upcoming tour dates and ticketing information.last_img read more

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