Turkey: Punitive jail sentences confirmed for former Cumhuriyet staff

first_img Help by sharing this information February 19, 2019 – Updated on April 17, 2019 Turkey: Punitive jail sentences confirmed for former Cumhuriyet staff TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentRSF Prize to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentRSF Prize Organisation News Receive email alerts April 2, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Credit: Ozan Kose / AFP News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns today’s decision by an Istanbul appeal court to confirm sentences of up to eight years in prison for 14 former Cumhuriyet newspaper journalists and administrators on charges of “assisting terrorist organizations” and “terrorist propaganda.”The sentences were imposed in April 2018, at the end of a trial that was followed closely by RSF.“As if the ordeal of these former Cumhuriyet employees had not already dragged on for too long, the Turkish authorities are determined to pursue this punitive operation to the bitter end,” said Erol Önderoğlu, RSF’s representative on the spot.“When will they understand that independent journalism is not an affront to be avenged, but a service rendered to society in its entirety? We reiterate our call for these disgraceful verdicts to be overturned and we will stand alongside our unjustly persecuted colleagues until they finally receive justice.”Columnist Kadri Gürsel, cartoonist Musa Kart, accountant Emre İper and five former Cumhuriyetboard members – Önder Çelik, Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Hakan Karasınır, Güray Öz and Bülent Utku – are expected to have to return to prison soon to finish serving their sentences. They still have the option of appealing to the constitutional court, but such an appeal does not suspend execution of the sentence.Because investigative reporter (and parliamentarian) Ahmet Şık, columnist Hikmet Çetinkay, former editors Murat Sabuncu and Aydın Engin, former executive director Akın Atalay and former administrator Orhan Erinç are sentenced to more than five years in prison, they have the option of appealing to the supreme court.Like their two Cumhuriyet colleagues now in exile – Can Dündar and İlhan Tanir – they were held responsible for the liberal editorial line that the newspaper adopted from 2013 to 2018, covering violations of the rights of Turkey’s minorities and criticizing President Erdoğan’s increasingly authoritarian behaviour. Its revelations about corruption, arms deliveries to Syria and other scandals were also embarrassing for the authorities.The spearhead of independent journalism at very critical time in Turkey, Cumhuriyet was awarded the RSF Press Freedom Prize in 2015. Journalists representing more traditional, hardline “Kemalist” policies finally took control of the newspaper in September 2018.During the trial, the defendants were alleged to have effected a “radical editorial change” in order to support the goals of three “terrorist” organizations, although these organizations have almost nothing in common with each other. The prosecution 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 were interpreted in a manner worthy of conspiracy theory at his worst.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. Follow the news on Turkey Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

United sack Moyes

first_img Press Association Sport understands Moyes was sacked by vice-chairman Ed Woodward during a meeting at the club’s Carrington training ground on Tuesday morning shortly after 8am. The club had previously backed their manager despite a series of dreadful results, but Sunday’s defeat at Goodison Park proved one too many. With a £150million spending spree planned for the summer the club’s owners, the Glazer family, wanted to make sure they had the right man at the helm to bring success back to Old Trafford. A statement from the club, released at 8:30am, read: “Manchester United has announced that David Moyes has left the club. “The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role.” It is understood that long-serving midfielder Ryan Giggs will be announced as interim manager later on Tuesday. There will be no shortage of takers when it comes to seeking a permanent successor for Moyes, who turns 51 this Friday. Louis van Gaal is among the front runners. The former Barcelona manager has an impressive CV and will be available this summer when he leaves his post as Holland coach. Press Association David Moyes’ short-lived reign at Manchester United is over. The club confirmed on Tuesday morning that Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor had “left the club” after less than a season in charge. Moyes endured a miserable time in charge, with Sunday’s 2-0 loss at his former club Everton the latest setback. Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is among the fans’ favourites to take over, but the club are understood to favour other candidates. Diego Simeone is a highly regarded figure in European football after taking Atletico Madrid to the top of the Spanish league and into the semi-finals of the Champions League. However, many fans would like to see Giggs take the post on a long-term basis, despite his lack of managerial experience. Moyes slipped into United’s base in Carrington un-noticed on Tuesday morning. Succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, who won 13 league titles during his time at the club, was always going to be difficult, but few expected this season to have gone so badly. The list of unwanted records broken by Moyes is as embarrassing as it is long. United are guaranteed to end the season with their worst points total in Premier League history, they have failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in almost two decades while Moyes’ home record is the worst of any United boss since 1978 when Dave Sexton was in charge. The Red Devils are seventh in the Barclays Premier League with four matches to go, with Europa League qualification now also looking unlikely. Moyes won 27, drew nine and lost 15 of his 51 games in charge. The Scot was dogged by claims he was not up to the job ever since he took over last July. Moyes had enjoyed 11 critically-acclaimed years at Everton, leading the club to five top-six finishes. The Toffees qualified for the Champions League for the first time under Moyes’ stewardship – although they lost in the qualifying stages of the competition – and he also took the Merseyside club to the FA Cup final in 2009. But all those achievements were small fry compared to what his predecessor achieved. The enormity of the task in hand seemed to overwhelm Moyes from day one. Moyes upset some within the club by bringing in his own coaching staff, while the likes of Rene Meulensteen, Eric Steele, and Mike Phelan departed. Moyes also botched his first transfer window as United boss. The Scot pursued Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas when the Spaniard had no intention of leaving the SpaniSh giants. Thiago Alcantara joined Bayern Munich ahead of United, while the club made a real hash of their attempts to sign Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines on the cheap. United’s bid of £28million for the pair was branded “derisory and insulting” by Everton. Baines stayed and United ended up buying Fellaini for £27.5million when they could have bought him for £4million less had they acted quicker. Moyes rarely looked comfortable in front of the cameras, and for that reason many felt Jose Mourinho, who left Real Madrid to rejoin Chelsea last summer, would have been a better option. Press Association Sport understands no decision has yet been made on the futures of the coaches Moyes brought into United – Steve Round, Phil Neville, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden. Rumours of player unhappiness with Moyes’ tactics training methods persisted throughout his reign, although the Scot always denied there were any problems. In December, Rio Ferdinand questioned Moyes’ policy of naming his starting XI on the day of the game, claiming it turned him into a “madman” wondering whether he was to be selected. Shortly after United’s embarrassing 2-0 defeat at Olympiacos, Robin van Persie complained about his team-mates running into his space on the pitch. The shock news that Danny Welbeck, an academy graduate born in Manchester, wanted to leave the club, did not go down well with the United hierarchy. Moyes also oversaw the exit of highly-respected club captain Nemanja Vidic, who will leave for Inter Milan in the summer. Another senior figure and dressing room stalwart Patrice Evra may follow the Serbian out the door when his contract expires. Moyes succeeded where Ferguson failed in tying Wayne Rooney down to a long-term contract. Goalkeeper David de Gea and Adnan Januzaj have also developed well during Moyes’ reign, but that cannot be said for the rest of the squad and many supporters became disenchanted with the slow and methodical style of play on show at Old Trafford this year. last_img read more

D-day for Irish Six Nations squad

first_imgThe side kick off their campaign away to Scotland on Saturday week before a trip to Rome to meet Italy a week later.Jonathan Sexton is expected to be named despite limping out of Leinster’s Champions Cup draw with Castre on Friday with a calf strain.Ireland will be aiming to win their third title in four seasons after back-to-back wins in 2014 and 2015.last_img