Freedom of expression weekly bulletin_13.07.05_27
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The headlines of the last 6 weeks were the Gezi Park resistance and the disproportionate use of force and violence by the police. This week Turkey is shaken by the firings and resignations in ...
The headlines of the last 6 weeks were the Gezi Park resistance and the disproportionate use of force and violence by the police. This week Turkey is shaken by the firings and resignations in mainstream media. NTV History magazine with 35-thousand circulation rate is closed down by its administration affiliated to Doğuş Media Group as they were preparing a special issue on Gezi Park resistance. Following the closing down decision, the Supervisor of Magazines Neyyire Özkan and the chief in editor of the NTV History Magazine Gürsel Göncü declared their resignation.
Yeni Şafak newspaper, which is continuously issuing hostile news against the protestors, fired its columnist Kürşat Bumin who was working for them for 16 years, in an impolite way.
When this things were happening in Turkey, in Denmark The Danish Supreme Court has endorsed the ruling by the Copenhagen City Court in 2012 against ROJ TV, Nuçe TV and MMC which are broadcasting Kurdish news and has revoked their broadcasting licence. The court fined Mesopotamia Broadcast with 5 million Danish kroner. This fine is recorded as the highest one in Danish history.
To sum up, the force and the weight of the political pressure is jeopardising once again the freedom of expression and the right to have unbiased and objective news.
Before reporting the other news of the week, we want to commemorate on the 20th anniversary of the Sivas Massacre 35 people killed in Madımak Hotel with the verses of the poet Metin Altıok who lost his life in the massacre:
“You, from today to tomorrow
Keep a little faith!”
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