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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Colombian Military’s Peacetime Campaign Aims to Conquer People’s Hearts

first_imgIt is definitely not just a phrase; it is a philosophy. The campaign finds support through the protection that the military brings to the civilian population. Whether in times of peace or in times of war, they are going to be there. “We see how the population is really beginning to recognize the efforts undertaken by their Military Forces, which, was the government representative in many places for many years,” explained Lt. Col. Moreno. ” The government brought the capabilities to improve the quality of life of our inhabitants through [the presence of] its Military Forces. And we are currently in that non-kinetic effort phase.” Cocoa, Coffee, Rice, and Dairy Products The non-kinetic effort Lt. Col. Moreno refers to is an effort that does not require the use of weapons. Soldiers are supporting the development of remote areas by building roads, schools, hospitals, and other facilities, through military engineers with state funds, through other ministries, and with the help of the private sector. Two examples of this inter-agency cooperation are the oil infrastructure projects developed in the departments of Arauca and Putumayo with the participation of the private sector and international cooperation. For their part, the Military Forces were able to achieve significant rapprochement with indigenous communities to teach them ways to grow legal crops such as cocoa, coffee, rice, and dairy products. For example, the department of Cauca is a large exporter of coffee produced by the indigenous Naasa community, while Caquetá department supplies almost 60 percent of all the cheese distributed in the country nationally. “So that is the result, that is how that inter-agency cooperation has led us to a process of stabilization and consolidation,” said Lt. Col. Moreno proudly. “This is the strategy reflected in the campaign: remaining in the hearts of Colombians, providing them a better quality of life, leading social development, and rebuilding the social fabric, and in response, there is support for the Military Forces from the community, from the population for this honest task.” Artists for the Cause The campaign has even reached the hearts of famous Colombian artists, such as popular singers Fonseca, Andrés Cepeda, and Jorgito Celedón, who have given free concerts in which they promote the ideals of the program to the people. “The truth is that we are proud to know that there is credibility in the execution of these projects. The population feels at peace when they see that the Military Forces are leading, supporting the government agencies or private agencies, and that peace that the population feels upon seeing the leadership of its Military Forces is our primary point of reference. That is how we define being and truly remaining in the heart [of the population] and providing that social development,” said Lt. Col. Moreno. For General Juan Pablo Rodríguez Barragán, Commander of the Colombian Military Forces, the institutional campaign We are in the Hearts of Colombians, and That’s Where We Will Stay, which the General Command is conducting under his leadership, carries a very important philosophical meaning. “It means that Colombians really value the effort, sacrifice, [and] heroism of all members of the Military Forces, of all our land, sea and air Troops, as well as of our police. They know that having made such a great sacrifice is precisely what brings us today so close to achieving that very important goal for all Colombians, which is peace”. center_img That peace, as General Rodríguez has mentioned on several occasions, “is due to the effort, [and] heroism of all Soldiers and police” who, even at the expense of their own lives, have given their all to reestablish security and protect Colombians throughout more than 50 years of a bloody war against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). Faith in the Cause “In that sense, this campaign seeks to thank the Colombian people for the support they give us every day. This campaign seeks to highlight patriotic values and wants to remind Colombians that there were many heroes who offered up even their own lives, many heroes who are wounded, many heroes who are currently suffering from the deep wounds inflicted by war, but who, in spite of all those sacrifices, that price they paid, did it with much patriotism. Today we see how this Colombian homeland has changed, how it has grown stronger, how its rule of law has been strengthened, how its democracy has been strengthened, and we stand, as I told you initially, at the threshold of achieving a very important goal, which would be to bring an end to the conflict with the FARC and the ELN and to begin to build a stable and lasting peace,” General Rodríguez told Diálogo. Aside from remaining in the hearts of Colombians through their participation in these civil action projects, the country’s Military Forces are initiating the process of adapting to what will be their new post-conflict reality. “We are visualizing that our primary role will be one of integrated action. Surely, from the military side, safeguarding our borders, peacekeeping, and international exchange operations will be strengthened; but the primary role within the country will be to generate development. All this inter-agency capability, that is where we are headed,” concluded Lt. Col. Moreno. Marine Infantry Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Moreno, who currently works at the Joint Integrated Action Headquarters as advisor to General Rodríguez, explains that the current campaign is a continuation of its predecessor, Faith in the Cause. “More than a slogan, a real command policy has been developed by the Military’s leadership: Army, Navy, and Air Force, and when we were at a defining stage in the conflict, that faith of believing in what we are doing, of believing in where we are going, of materializing all that development and military capacity was cemented in the hearts of our soldiers. Now that we are at this stage of signing an accord with the FARC and the ELN, our primary internal threats, when we stand at the threshold of that stage of transition into post-conflict, we can say that we are in the hearts of Colombians and that is where we will stay.” By Dialogo May 24, 2016last_img read more

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Luiz needs surgery on broken nose

first_img Press Association Chelsea defender David Luiz requires surgery after suffering a broken nose playing for Brazil. “Yes, my nose is broken, but that’s part of the game,” Luiz said in quotes published on chelseafc.com. “Now I’ll have to wait until the end of the competition and undergo surgery to fix it.” center_img The 26-year-old incurred the injury in a collision with team-mate Thiago Silva during the Selecao’s Confederations Cup defeat of Mexico. Luiz, who struggled to stem the flow of blood after the blow, will go under the knife following the tournament, he said. last_img read more

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