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Turkey: Prosecutor requests long jail terms for 13 defendants in Cumhuriyet trial


first_img Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more In recent years Cumhuriyet has published many stories that have embarrassed the authorities and it has become one of the spearheads of Turkey’s independent media, which are being subjected to more harassment than ever. Because of its role, it was awarded the RSF Press Freedom Prize in 2015. Atalay’s provisional detention was extended today until the next hearing, to be held from 24 to 27 April. The only defendant not to have been released provisionally, he has already spent more than 500 days in prison. The court mentioned the possibility that he might try to flee although he returned to Turkey of his own volition and made himself available to judges when he learned that his colleagues had been arrested in October 2016. Organisation At today’s hearing, the prosecutor asked the court to convict 13 of the 18 defendants of “assisting a terrorist organization,” a charge that carries a maximum jail term of 15 years. They include well-known investigative reporter Ahmet Şık, editorial writer Kadri Gürsel, editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu and managing director Akın Atalay. The Cumhuriyet newspaper trial’s prosecutor requested sentences of up to 15 years in prison today for 13 of the newspaper’s journalists and managers. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the trial as a “sinister farce” and urges as many people as possible to turn out in support of the journalists at the next hearing, at which the court is expected to issue verdicts. April 28, 2021 Find out more The judicial authorities accuse Cumhuriyet’s journalists and managers of carrying out a “radical change of editorial line” in order to support the goals of what are regarded in Turkey as three “terrorist organizations”: the movement led by the Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and a small far-left group known as the DHKP/C. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Credit: Yasin Akgül / AFP TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize In fact, the ideologies of these three organizations could not be more disparate and all three were constantly criticized by the newspaper. Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The already worrying media situation has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after a coup attempt in July 2016. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held and the country now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists detained.center_img Follow the news on Turkey News March 16, 2018 – Updated on March 19, 2018 Turkey: Prosecutor requests long jail terms for 13 defendants in Cumhuriyet trial “Like the rest of the trial that we have been observing for the past eight months, today’s summing-up by the prosecutor criminalizes journalism,” said Erol Önderoğlu, RSF’s Turkey representative. News News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News The prosecutor also called for Cumhuriyet accountant Emre İper to be convicted of “terrorist propaganda” on the basis of his tweets, for the acquittal of three of the defendants (Turhan Günay, Günseli Özaltay and Bülent Yener), for the withdrawal of the “abuse of authority” charges against the newspaper’s managers, and for the cases against Can Dündar and İlhan Tanır, who are now living abroad, to be handled separately. RSF_en RSF_EECA to go further Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor “The heavy sentences requested by the prosecutor are based on a politicized and conspiracy-theorist interpretation of media work. More than ever, we demand the acquittal of Cumhuriyet’s journalists and managers, and we urge as many people as possible to come to the next hearing in a show of solidarity.”last_img read more


Journalist is freed, flies to The Hague and pleads not guilty


first_img News Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union October 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist is freed, flies to The Hague and pleads not guilty Journalist Josip Jovic was released on 13 October after a week in prison in Split and flew voluntarily to The Hague today where he pleaded not guilty of contempt of court before the International Criminal Court for ex-Yugoslavia. He was given permission to return to Croatia pending trial. ————————————————————-Journalist arrested at home on the order of the international criminal court for ex-Yugoslavia7 October 2005Reporters Without Borders called for the release on bail of journalist Josip Jovic, arrested at his Split home on the order of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on a charge of contempt of court.The 6 October 2005 arrest of Jovic, editor of the daily Slobodna Dalmacija was televised and shown the same evening on Croatian TV since he was in process of giving an interview at his home. Jovic’s arrest followed the issue of a warrant by the ICTY signed by a judge at a court in Split. He was placed in custody in a local prison while awaiting extradition to The Hague, which could take several weeks since he plans to appeal to the Croatian constitutional court and the Supreme Court.“We condemn this sudden arrest of Jovic by the Croatian justice system based on a ICTY arrest warrant, which appears disproportionate to the crime he is accused of and sets a dangerous precedent,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.Considering the mandate of the tribunal in The Hague, which is supposed to try the most serious of international crimes, it is surprising that one of its decisions led to the arrest of a journalist who, even if he did not respect the law, has not committed a crime of violence.”“The same goes for the four other Croatian journalists also accused of contempt of court. Considering that this journalist represents no danger for Croatia and the ICTY, he should be released on bail.”Jovic failed to appear before the judges in The Hague on 26 September, unlike his colleague Marijan Krizic, editor of the weekly Hrvatsko Slovo, who answered his summons and was allowed to leave the court again freely.The two journalists are accused of contempt of court, along with Ivica Marijacic, editor of Hrvatski List, Stjepan Seselj, editor of Hrvatsko Slovo, and Domagoj Margetic, editor of Novo Hrvatsko Slovo, for revealing the identity of a protected witnesses, the current Croatian President, Stipe Mesic, at the trial of Tihomir Blaskic in 1997. They face up to seven years in prison and a fine of 100,000 euros. The trial of Ivica Marijacic, Stjepan Seselj, and Domagoj Margetic, who revealed the identity of Mesic in their newspapers in November 2004, is to open at the end of October.This confidential information had already been posted on the Documentation and Information Centre Veritas (www.veritas.org.yu) in 1999, and carried by the Bosnian daily Bih Dani, on 1st June 2001.“I will act in solidarity with my colleague and I prefer to go to prison rather than plead guilty before the ICTY”, Domagoj Margetic told Reporters Without Borders.The ICTY chief prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, said on 4 October that she was in favour of membership talks between Croatia and the EU, since Zagreb was fully cooperating with the ICTY. She had given an unfavourable opinion in March, complaining that the Croatian authorities were dragging their feet in arresting fugitive general, Ante Govina, charged by judges in The Hague in 2001. RSF_en Help by sharing this information Organisation CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Croatia Receive email alerts Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EUcenter_img News News June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further December 2, 2020 Find out more CroatiaEurope – Central Asia News November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive last_img read more


Dodgers hit seven home runs in extra-innings victory over Mets


first_imgThe seven home runs – two each by Hernandez and Cody Bellinger, one each by Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Turner – is the second-most the Dodgers have hit in a game and the most since another seven-homer game on August 22, 2016 against the Cincinnati Reds. The franchise record is eight, set in Milwaukee on May 23, 2002 (Shawn Green hit half of them).The Dodgers have now hit a MLB-leading 46 home runs in the month of June. In the history of the franchise, they have hit more home runs in a month only three times, topped by 53 home runs last June when they were in the process of setting the franchise record for home runs in a season (221).“To a man, guys were taking good swings all day. … Good at-bats all throughout,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think as we’re going well right now, we’re not trying to hit homers. We’re just trying to put good swings on the ball. When you do that with our guys, the path of the bat, it’s elevated. That’s just the way our guys swing the bats.”The Mets — who have now lost their past 12 games against the Dodgers by a combined score of 91-30 – did their part.The scheduled starter, left-hander Jason Vargas, was bothered by a strained calf muscle since earlier in the week. But the Mets waited until after Saturday’s game to scratch him and put him on the DL, calling up reliever Chris Flexen instead of a fill-in starter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Veteran reliever Jerry Blevins made his first career start and kicked it off by giving up back-to-back home runs to Hernandez and Muncy. The Mets used seven pitchers in the game. Five of them gave up at least one home run.The Dodgers starter wasn’t terribly effective either.Coming off six scoreless innings against the Chicago Cubs in his return from the DL, Rich Hill hit four batters with pitches – Brandon Nimmo three times. The first of those was dismissed by plate umpire Jerry Meals who ruled Nimmo had stuck his arm out to chase the HBP.The three batters who did reach first by virtue of an errant pitch from Hill (including Nimmo twice) came around to score for the Mets. Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-run home run in the fifth inning drove in the last of them and gave the Mets a brief 4-3 lead.“It was pretty sloppy,” Hill said of his five-inning outing. “Probably half the time, the ball didn’t come out of my hand the way I wanted it to. Obviously I’m really disappointed about it, just the execution of the pitches. That’s really about it. That really is going to bother me for a couple days.”Still, by the time Bellinger hit his second home run of the game (and the Dodgers’ sixth), they took a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the eighth.That wasn’t enough, though. Reliever Erik Goeddel gave up a three-run homer to Kevin Plawecki in the bottom of the eighth, tying the game at 7-7.It stayed that way until Turner connected off  Flexen in the 11th.“I was just trying to hit a ball on the barrel. It’s been awhile,” said Turner, who was 2 for 17 on the trip before the homer and didn’t start Sunday. “It’s been a road trip of getting beat inside, getting jammed. So I was just trying to get on time and put a good swing on it.“I was just trying to hit a ball on the barrel for the first time all weekend.”Pitchers have been attacking Turner inside, knowing the left wrist injury he suffered in spring training is inhibiting his ability to turn on a ball aggressively. Turner is hitting just .241 with three home runs in 108 at-bats since returning from the fractured wrist in mid-May.“If you look, since he’s come back – moreso in the past week – just being able to release the barrel on balls out front, everything is right there but that last click,” Roberts said. “In talking to him, talking to the trainers, the wrist feels strong. But that ability to release the barrel — which he did on that last swing – just hasn’t been there.“But JT’s a guy, he’s going to figure it out and you just gotta keep running him out there.”center_img NEW YORK – What do you do when six home runs isn’t enough to win a game?Hold my beer, say the Dodgers.Justin Turner hit the Dodgers’ seventh home run of the game with two outs in the 11th inning Sunday afternoon, finally giving them an 8-7 victory over the New York Mets at Citi Field.“That’s what we do – we hit home runs,” bragged Kiké Hernandez who started the game with a home run then hit another five innings later.last_img read more