RSF condemns “witchhunt” against journalists in Turkey

first_img News Zaman had backed the Gülen Movement and had been very critical of the government for several years until placed under judicial control in March, when police stormed its headquarters and all of its employees were immediately fired. Thereafter, it adopted a pro-government editorial policy, lost most of its readers and ended up being closed down. Organisation Credit: Adem Altan / AFP to go further Help by sharing this information In both cases, no hard evidence was ever produced and the journalists ended up being released after long periods of provisional detention, in some cases lasting more than four years. July 27, 2016 RSF condemns “witchhunt” against journalists in Turkey Turkey is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Warrants for the arrest of 42 journalists had already been issued as part of the investigation into the Gülen Movement. The score of already detained journalists include the columnist Şahin Alpay, former Zaman editorial writer Nuriye Akman, well-known TV presenter Nazlı Ilıcak and former Hürriyet journalist Bülent Mumay. “We regret having to reiterate that criticizing the government and working for media outlets that support the Gülen Movement do not constitute evidence of involvement in the failed coup. If the authorities cannot produce more credible evidence, they are guilty of persecuting people for their opinions and that is unacceptable.” Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe In December 2011, 36 media workers were arrested as part of an investigation into the banned Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK).Many other journalists were placed in detention from 2008 to 2013 on suspicion of being part of an alleged ultra-nationalist network called “Ergenekon.”center_img News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Follow the news on Turkey TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Many precedents show that Turkey’s judicial authorities often work on the basis of ideological association, accusing journalists of belonging to an armed organization if it can be claimed that their views resemble the positions espoused by the organization. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the purge against Turkey’s news media, which continues to assume increasingly alarming proportions ten days after an abortive coup d’état. At dawn today, the anti-terrorism police added 47 new names to the already long list of wanted journalists April 2, 2021 Find out more “It is hard to believe that these increasingly extensive roundups are being carried out with the sole legitimate aim of unmasking those behind the coup and their accomplices,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. RSF_en News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News April 2, 2021 Find out more The new wanted notices were issued on the basis of arrest warrants authorized by an Istanbul prosecutor. Those named (complete list here) are former employees of Zaman, a daily that used to support the US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, whose followers are now accused of being behind the coup attempt.last_img read more

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Concerns over future of Pieta House Limerick service

first_imgEmail Print WITH four of Pieta House’s nine therapists in Limerick laid off since the Covid-19 lockdown began, staff have raised concerns about the mental health service’s future in the city.Pieta House has helped thousands of people in the Mid-West since it was first established a decade ago. The free counselling service, based at Ard Aulin in Mungret, focusses on those who are in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up One Pieta House staff member, who wrote to the Limerick Post this week, claimed that the free therapy service may not continue in its current form into the future.“Compulsory redundancies of centre manager, clinical support staff and the letting go of sessional therapists, who are all the heart of Pieta House, will mean that Pieta as we know it will cease to exist,” they said.“The Sunrise Appeal has been a huge success and has raised in excess of €5 million.“Pieta receives more that €2m from the HSE every year and Health Minister Simon Harris announced last month an additional 114,608 per month to help Pieta save jobs.“Despite the success of the fundraising, approximately 50 per cent of staff have been let go with some still waiting for confirmation of further lay offs, which effectively will mean approximately 70 per cent of very experienced  staff will be let go.”The anonymous Pieta House staff member went onto accuse the service of being “disingenuous” for not making the staff and people of Ireland aware of what the service is going to look like in the future.They also raised concerns that given the current challenges with Covid-19 there may be many more deaths by suicide in the future. The onus, they believe, is now on Pieta House to provide the best possible support to ensure that they continue the work to prevent deaths by suicide. “Since December 2010 Pieta House has supported thousands of people of all age from groups from six years of age to people in their 70’s.  Pieta House has been there for people through the darkest moments in their lives. Many of whom would say, ‘I would not be alive today but for Pieta House’.“Last year Pieta House Mid-West witnessed a significant increase in U18’s accessing the service . Pieta House Mid-West is constantly stretched for resources and has always had waiting lists. I dread to think of what will happen in the future with the plan to restructure the service.”However, Pieta House revealed in a statement to the Limerick Post this week, that they are now in a very different position, based on the incredible public response to its Sunrise campaign, boosted by the Late Late Show the night before.“We had been facing an existential funding crisis and had been taking some difficult steps to deal with it. However, owing to the enormous generosity of the people of Ireland and their obvious care for those suffering with their mental health, coupled with some additional funding from the HSE for 300 additional hours for high risk clients per week, we are now able to review our position much more positively,” Pieta House stated.“We are in the middle of that process and hope to complete it within a couple of weeks. Our focus throughout is on meeting the significant demand for our services nationwide and there will be no downgrading of centres.”Pieta House also pointed out that it will be maintaining and potentially increasing its services to the public once the review is complete.“We are currently engaged in a consultation process with staff. There will be some re-deployment of personnel with the intention of putting as much resources as possible into the frontline and therapist hours. We are looking to employ more therapists directly, rather than on contract, and we have paused a reduction in therapist hours pending the outcome of the review.“In the meantime, we continue, during these restricted times, to deliver our services 24/7 by phone (1800 247 247) and text (51444) and we encourage anyone who is feeling anxious or is struggling with mental health issues at the moment to reach out and talk to Pieta. We are there for you.” Twitter Linkedin Advertisementcenter_img WhatsApp Facebook NewsCommunityConcerns over future of Pieta House Limerick serviceBy Alan Jacques – May 29, 2020 1276 Previous articleMore than €3 Million rental income to be refunded to University of Limerick on-campus residentsNext articleLkLadyPod #18 Sive: Why Do We Need Music Right Now? Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

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Lockn’ Adds Jim James, Phil Lesh & Friends With moe., And More With Daily Lineup Reveal

first_imgLockn’ in Arrington, Virginia, has been slowly revealing its line up over the past week, with yesterday bringing the news that Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will perform the entirety of Terrapin Station with the Terrapin Family Band during a special performance at the festival. On Monday, Antibalas, Blackberry Smoke, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Hiss Golden Messenger, Moonalice, The Record Company, and Sinkane were added to the bill. Tuesday’s announcement added John Fogerty, and Wednesday added The Disco Biscuits to the list. Today, Lockn’ revealed its daily schedule, bringing to light even more special surprises for attendees of the festival.The daily lineup reveals that Jim James will be performing a solo set on Friday. phil.moe. will also be making their debut on Sunday, which will be a variation of Phil Lesh & Friends with moe. You can check out the full daily schedule below, and get your tickets to and more information about Lockn’ here.last_img read more

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Four first-time winners at Algona

first_imgBy Greg GrabianowskiALGONA, Iowa (Aug. 24) – Rob Hughes, John Wiemann, Doug Wickman and Jay DeVries all won features at Algona Raceway for the first time in 2013 to highlight the night of dirt track racing on Saturday, Aug. 24. The most dramatic race of the night came in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Mike Carlson started on the pole and grabbed the early lead before an early challenge from Phil Ricke as two went door-to-door for two laps. The only caution of the race waved on lap six. George Nordman, who started 11th, weaved his way into contention for the final five laps to put the heat on Carlson. Nordman patiently stayed behind Carlson until turn two on the final lap when he slid past on the bottom of the track and went on to the victory. Carlson was second with Nick Meyer placing third. Shane Swanson was fourth and Ricke rounded out the top five cars. Mick Monahan was the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature’s early leader before Philip Lusson wrestled the lead away on lap three. Lusson held the lead until lap seven when Wickman steered his no. 24W to front on lap eight and went on to the win.Lusson finished as the runner-up followed by Brandon Nielsen, Devin Smith and Chad Gentz.The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature was run without a stoppage of action as Wiemann lead at the end of the first lap and held the lead throughout the 12-lap race to earn his first feature win of the year at the track.David Smith was second with Calvin Lange finishing third. Tom Sierck was fourth and Dan Hanselman placed fifth. Pole sitter Rob Hughes won the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main ahead of Tad Reutzel, Ryan Watnem and Dustin Smith. DeVries won his first Mach-1 Sport Compact feature of the year.last_img read more

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