April 27, 2021 Find out more November 25, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two bloggers banned from criticising politician accused of embezzlement to go further Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil News Two bloggers in the southwestern state of Mato Grosso, economist Adriana Vandoni and lawyer Enock Cavalcanti, were ordered by judge Pedro Sakamoto on 10 November to withdraw all comments from their blogs (www.prosaepolitica.com.br and paginadoenock.com.br) that were “offensive” to José Riva, the president of the Mato Grosso legislative assembly.The judge also told them they could be fined up to 1,000 reais (390 euros) a day if they posted any new criticism of Riva.Riva is nonetheless a politician who is worthy of comment. The head of a major financial empire and regarded as one of the most powerful people in the state, he is currently the target of more than 100 lawsuits for alleged embezzlement and 17 other actions for alleged criminal association.“This is a serious violation of free expression as the two bloggers just voiced their opinions, which is not a crime,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Preventive censorship violates the principles of the 1988 democratic constitution. We urge the federal authorities to take a position on this matter and to put a stop to such unacceptable forms of harassment by politicians, even those that support the government.”This kind of censorship above all affects cities in the interior of the country, where there are fewer and less powerful newspapers and where the Internet is one of the few public arenas where people can express their views freely, or at least try to. Court censorship is an effective method of financial pressure, as it is costly for defendants to hire a lawyer in order to appeal. Time passes and the censorship remains.This case recalls the preventive censorship to which the O Estado de São Paulo daily has been subject since 31 July, when it was forbidden to publish any reports about alleged corruption cases involving Fernando Sarney, a businessman who is the son of former President José Sarney, the current senate speaker.In a press release on 5 October, Reporters Without Borders condemned the case’s transfer to a court in Maranhão state, whose governor is Fernando Sarney’s sister. This preventive censorship measure has been in force for 118 days without anyone in the government making any comment about it. RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reports Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts May 13, 2021 Find out more BrazilAmericas Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Brazil News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News BrazilAmericas April 15, 2021 Find out more
News August 25, 2017 Le Monde Diplomatique article bothers Algeria Follow the news on Algeria Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria April 29, 2021 Find out more RSF_en The issue’s absence from newsstands in Algeria has all the hallmarks of an act of censorship. Written by Pierre Daum and entitled “Memory banned in Algeria,” the article looks back at some of the darker episodes of the so-called “black decade.” The monthly’s distributor usually receives a permit every month allowing the latest issue to be sent to retailers. But the relevant authorities have not issued the permit this month and have not explained why. When reached by RSF at the start of the week, Le Monde Diplomatique said: “For the time being, it is not possible to talk about censorship. But it is hard not to think that this unusual delay is linked to the August issue’s content, which includes an article about the Algerian civil war 20 years later. If our distributor does not get the necessary authorization, we will soon make the article available for free on our site.” Le Monde Diplomatique’s website is now providing unrestricted access to the article. “We urge the Algerian authorities to provide an official explanation for why this issue of Le Monde Diplomatique is not yet on sale and to take the necessary steps to ensure that it is distributed normally throughout the country,” RSF said. “A democracy gains strength by respecting the freedom to inform and not by refusing to face its past, no matter how painful.” Article 46 of the 2005 Algerian Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation prohibits mention of the massacres that took place during the civil war of the 1990s. Algeria is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Help by sharing this information to go further Receive email alerts May 12, 2021 Find out more Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation News May 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Freedom of expression News News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Freedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the relevant Algerian authorities to explain why they have not authorized sale of the August issue of the Paris-based monthly Le Monde Diplomatique, which has an article about the Algerian civil war of the 1990s.
Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the release on 2 November of journalist Ali Abdallah, a member of the only political forum tolerated in Syria, who had been detained for nearly six months.Abdallah was arrested on 15 May after an Atassi Forum meeting at which he read out a letter from Ali Sadr Al Din Bayanouni, the head of the Syrian branch of the Moslem Brotherhood, who is currently in exile in London.The forum, which is closely watched by the authorities, has men and women members who aim, especially through their work for leading Arab news media, to encourage dialogue among Syria’s political parties and civil society with the aim of promoting reform.Ali Abdallah writes for several Arab newspapers, including the Lebanese daily Al Nahar and Akhbar Al Arab in the United Arab Emirates.————————————————————————–02.06.2005 Authorities free one of the two detained Salon Atassi journalists News Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the arrests of journalists Ali Abdallah and Hussein al Audat, on 15 and 23 May 2005 in Damascus after they were involved in a debate on democratic change in Syria.”Censorship, summonses, questioning and arbitrary arrests are the daily lot of human rights activists and journalists in particular,” said the worldwide press freedom organisation. “The arrest of these two journalists reminds us that it is never possible in Syria to express opinions outside those laid down by the ruling Baath party.””Moreover Ali Abdallah and Hussein al Audat should be immediately released, since they have not been formally charged,” it added.On 7 May, the Atassi Forum, the sole political discussion group allowed in Syria, of which the journalists are members, organised a debate on the theme of democratic change in the country. All political tendencies had been invited to take part. Those who could not attend sent letters that were read out at the meeting.Ali Abdallah (journalist), Hussein al Audat (journalist), Soheir al-Atassi (president of the forum), Nahed Badawiyah (engineer), Hazem Al-Nahar (doctor), Jihad Massuti (engineer), Mohammad Mahfuz (engineer), Abdelnasser Kalhous (employee) and Yussef Jahmani (publisher) were all arrested for inviting the Moslem Brotherhood (banned in Syria) to take part in the debate.Ali Abdallah was arrested first, on 15 May, for having read out a letter sent by Ali Sadr al Din Bayanouni, head of the Moslem Brotherhood in Syria, currently in exile in London. Other members of the forum, including Hussein al Audat, went to the authorities to explain their actions and in what circumstances the letter had been made public. A few days later they too were arrested in their homes at dawn and taken to the offices of political security. The nine human rights activists have apparently been accused of spreading the ideas of the Moslem Brotherhood.The Atassi Forum, which is closely watched by the authorities, has men and women members who aim, mainly via their work with major Arabic media, to build dialogue between the country’s different political parties and civil society to achieve reform in the country.Ali Abdallah contributes to several Arabic newspapers, including the Lebanese daily al Nahar. Hussein Al Audat, veteran among independent Syrian journalists, founded the national news agency SANA which he headed for four years. He also works for several Arabic dailies including Akhbar al Arab in the United Arab Emirates. March 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation Reporters Without Borders today hailed the release of Hussein Al Aoudat and seven other members of the Salon Atassi political debating forum on 30 May, after six days in detention, and urged the authorities to go ahead and also free journalist Ali Abdallah, who has been held since 16 May.Another journalist and political activist, Habib Saleh, was meanwhile arrested on 29 May in Tartus, 130 km north of Damascus. He heads the Tartus Forum for National Democratic Dialogue and often writes for daily newspapers such as An-Nahar (The Day) and websites such as Elaph (www.elaph.com).————————————————————————–26.05.05 – Arrest of two journalist human rights activists Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists to go further Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News March 8, 2021 Find out more November 4, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist Ali Abdallah freed after nearly six months in detention News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law February 3, 2021 Find out more
Related documents Reuters_20Final_t_20Version-4.pdfPDF – 2.84 MB News Download the US Defence Department report Organisation RSF_en The US Defence Department has released a report confirming that US soldiers were responsible for the fatal shooting of a Reuters journalist three years ago. Reporters without borders shares the report’s view that the US military’s rules of engagement need to be harmonised with the procedures followed by the media in dangerous situations and it pledges to monitor whether the US military takes measures to ensure that such tragedies to not recur. Reporters Without Borders notes that a US Defence Department report released on 16 June confirms that US soldiers were responsible for the fatal shooting of Reuters soundman Waleed Khaled in Baghdad on 28 August 2005. The press freedom organisation shares the report’s view that the US military’s rules of engagement need to be harmonised with the procedures followed by the media in dangerous situations and it pledges to monitor whether the US military takes measures to ensure that such tragedies to not recur.Khaled drove with Reuters cameraman Haider Kadhem to the Baghdad district of Al-Adil to cover a situation in which an Iraqi police unit had been ambushed. When they arrived, their vehicle came under fire from US soldiers who had rushed to the scene and taken up position on the roof of a building. Khaled, who was at the wheel of their vehicle, was shot once in the face and four times in the chest, and died on the spot. Kadhem sustained only minor injuries.“The report’s conclusions leave no doubt about the US army’s responsibility,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But its examination of the behaviour of the soldiers and Reuters journalists reveals each party’s ignorance about the rules of engagement and safety procedures followed by the other party. It is incomprehensible that it has taken five years after the start of the war in Iraq to realise that, the US military did not brief the media about the rules that journalists should respect when facing soldiers during clashes in the field.”The organisation added: “This report does not absolve the soldiers of their responsibility for Khaled’s death. Whatever the circumstances of the Reuters journalist’s death, sanctions should be taken against those who fired the shots.”Safety rules and media-hostile terrain – a dilemma for Iraqi journalistsKhaled’s death could perhaps have been avoided. It happened because the Reuters crew misunderstood the warning signals from the US soldiers and because the soldiers misinterpreted the TV crew’s intentions when they put their vehicle into reverse in order to leave the scene. The US military criticised the TV crew for entering a fire-fight zone without protective equipment and in an unmarked vehicle. According to the report’s conclusions, there was no reason to think the vehicle’s occupants were journalists, and the soldiers said they thought Kadhem’s camera was an anti-tank rocket launcher.Reuters advises its staff to withdraw from combat zones when the risks become too great. But the US military’s rules of engagement regard a hasty withdrawal as suspicious. In such situations, the military recommends immobilising the vehicle until the perimeter has been secured. Kadhem and Khaled had not been informed of this.The situation on the ground in Iraq does not allow journalists to work safely. Armed groups have been operating with impunity throughout the country, targeting journalists, for more than five years. As a result, journalists have to take care not to be identified. In all, 216 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003. Most of them were ambushed outside their home or workplace. As a result, many journalists conceal their profession and are unable to go around vehicles bearing their news media’s logo.A total of 10 journalists have been killed by US gunfire in separate incidents since the start of the war. Three of them worked for Reuters. The reports of the military investigations into these incidents concluded in each case that the victims were shot accidentally.Flawed initial investigationAn initial enquiry conducted by a US officer was disputed by Reuters, which had the services of business consultants specialised in risk management. The soldiers who fired the shorts were not told to put their statements in writing and went back to their duties without being forbidden to talk about the case so that they would not come to an agreed version of the incident. The investigating officer also incorporated their statements into his report without trying to question other witnesses. Even more seriously, after the investigation, he lost the original videotape that Kadhem filmed in the minutes prior to the shooting. Nonetheless, the panel that viewed it before its disappearance did not think it contained grounds for disputing the report’s conclusions. The officer submitted his conclusions to his superiors on 31 August 2005, four days after the incident.The US Defence Department ordered the second investigation after Reuters released its own report on the incident in March 2006. A ballistic study, the autopsy on Khaled’s body, the statements of additional witness and an examination of the scene of the shooting, including estimates of the distances between the target and those who fired the shots, resulted in a more thorough report that lends more credibility to the conclusions, which were similar to those of the initial investigation.On the same subject:2.09.2005 – US army recognises firing on two-member Reuters TV crew News Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa News June 19, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US Defence Department releases report on fatal shooting of Reuters journalist Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” to go further RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News Follow the news on Iraq December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Receive email alerts February 15, 2021 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more
October 15, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Evin is still Middle East’s biggest prison for journalists after Emadoldin Baghi’s release Receive email alerts After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation RSF_en News News News March 18, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran The four Azeri journalists were allowed visits for the first time on 13 October. After leaving Evin, their families told Reporters Without Borders that the four were weak, exhausted and had lost a lot of weight.Mohammed Sadegh Kabodvand, the former editor of Payam-e mardom-e Kurdestan (a weekly closed down in 2004) and an Evin inmate for the past 16 months, was supposed to receive a visit on 24 September from his two children for the first time since his arrest in July 2007. But the visit was cancelled at the last minute and his two children were summarily removed from the prison visit room before he entered.Mohammad Hassin Falahieh Zadeh, the journalist detainee who has been held for the longest time, continues to serve a three-year sentence in Evin’s Section 209 security wing. Arrested in November 2006, he was convicted on 29 April 2007 on a charge of “spying.”Three other journalists are being held in Iran’s Kurdistan region following their conviction on trumped-up charges. Massoud Kurdpoor has been in Mahabad prison since 7 August after being convicted by a Mahabad revolutionary court of “publicity against the government in interviews given to foreign and enemy news media.”Adnan Hassanpour is still in Sanandaj prison where he is awaiting a new trial after the supreme court in Tehran quashed his death sentence on procedural grounds. Finally, Kaveh Javanmard has been held since 18 December 2006 in Maragheh, where he is serving a two-year sentence that was passed by a Sanandaj court on 17 May 2007. He was let out of prison in July to receive treatment for a liver ailment. to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is relieved that Emadoldin Baghi, a journalist and human rights activist with serious health problems, has been released from Tehran’s Evin prison. He nonetheless faces possible re-imprisonment in two other cases currently before the courts. His release reduces the number of journalists detained in Iran to nine, six of whom are in Evin. News Reporters Without Borders is relieved that Emadoldin Baghi, a journalist and human rights activist with serious health problems, has been released from Tehran’s Evin prison. A leading campaigner for the rights of prisoners of conscience, he nonetheless faces possible re-imprisonment in two other cases currently before the courts. His release reduces the number of journalists detained in Iran to nine, six of whom are in Evin.“This release ends an extremely trying year for Baghi in which he has undergone solitary confinement, arbitrary questioning, judicial persecution and serious health problems compounded by harsh prison conditions,” Reporters Without Borders said. “His articles critical of the regime and his commitment to human rights result in his being interrogated by the intelligence services and taken to court in Tehran dozens of times every year.”The press freedom organisation added: “Iran has for years kept its position as the Middle East country that imprisons the most journalists. This year has been no exception and we fear more arrests of independent journalists, especially members of minorities, in the run-up to the presidential election scheduled for June of next year.”Baghi was released provisionally on 15 September for treatment to his back problems. At his doctor’s request, his release permit was extended until 5 October, when he learned that he had been granted a definitive release three days before completing his sentence.The same day, 5 October, Baghi responded to a summons to appear before a Tehran appeal court which is reviewing the three-year sentence he received from a revolutionary tribunal in July 2007 on charges of “activity against national security” and “publicity in favour of government opponents.” The hearing was adjourned because of his poor health.Another Tehran appeal court had quashed this conviction in May of this year but Tehran prosecutor general Said Mortazavi appealed against this decision, prompting the judicial review. Baghi will meanwhile have to face another prosecution next month in connection with his activities as head of the Organisation for the Defence of Prisoner Rights.As regards the six journalists still in Evin prison, Reporters Without Borders is particularly concerned about the four members of Iran’s Azeri minority who have been in Section 209 – the prison toughest wing – since 10 September. They are Alireza Sarafi, editor of Dilmaj (a monthly closed on 23 September 2007), Said Mohamadi, editor of the literary magazine Yashagh, and reporters Hassain Rashedi and Akabar Azad, who write for the magazine Varlighe and the weekly Yarpagh, one of Iran’s leading Azeri newspapers. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa February 25, 2021 Find out more
Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Venezuela New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets News August 25, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is very relieved to learn that Nairobi Pinto, the Globovisión head of correspondants kidnapped by unidentified men on 6 April, was released unharmed yesterday.At a press conference a few minutes after her release, Pinto said she was not mistreated and thanked the local and international media for the publicity they gave to her abduction, which may have put pressure on her kidnappers.“Pinto’s release is a real relief,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk. “We hope the investigation that is under way quickly establishes who was responsible for this crime.”Pinto was unable to say how many people abducted her because they kept her blindfolded all the time.“They always treated me well and never put a hand on me,” she said. “They fed me and never spoke in my presence. I was able to listen to the news regularly.” A special judicial police team is investigating her abduction.________09.04.2014: TV journalist kidnapped three days ago, still missingReporters Without Borders is very worried about TV journalist Nairobi Pinto, who has been missing since 6 April, when her sister saw two masked individuals kidnap her outside her home on the outskirts of Caracas.Pinto works for the TV news channel Globovisión as director of all its regional news bureaux. Her kidnappers have not contacted her family at any time since her abduction.“Journalists are on the front line at this particularly sensitive time in Venezuela, the victims of both police harassment and popular anger,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk. “We urge the authorities to shed light on this abduction without delay, and at the same time not to immediately rule out the possibility that it is linked to Pinto’s work as a journalist.”Commenting yesterday on her abduction, interior and justice minister Miguel Rodríguez said he thought members of opposition parties might have been responsible.But several news media have suggested that it might be linked to the political militancy of one of her close relatives, who is an active member of an opposition party. Nonetheless, those investigating her abduction say they have not as yet identified a motive.Venezuela is ranked 116th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Organisation Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela April 15, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV journalist kidnapped three days ago, still missing Receive email alerts to go further RSF_en News News VenezuelaAmericas Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives VenezuelaAmericas News January 13, 2021 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out more
April 2, 2021 Find out more Read the article Who was Hrant Dink ? Reporters Without Borders today condemned the defamation suit which a controversial retired general, Veli Küçük, has brought against Erdal Dogan, one of the lawyers who represent the family of murdered Turkish-Armenian editor Hrant Dink.“This lawsuit against one of Dink’s lawyers in the run-up to the start of the trial of Dink’s alleged killers on 2 July in Istanbul is worrying,” the press freedom organisation said. “Six months after Dink’s murder, those who defend him are still being harassed.”Küçük is demanding 10,000 Turkish lira (5,500 euros) in damages from Dogan. The case, which Dogan called “tragicomic,” is to come to trial on 18 September. The prosecutors investigating the Dink murder never felt the need to question the former general although the Dink family said he could be involved, Dogan said.When Dink was murdered in January, Dogan told journalists his client had felt very intimidated by Küçük’s presence at one of the hearings in his trial in 2006 on charges of “humiliating Turkish identity.”A key figure in the 1996 “Susurluk” affair, which exposed close links between the security forces, organised crime and fascist death squads, Küçük has repeatedly been summoned to testify in court cases that have not always been resolved.Editor and columnist of the Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, Dink was gunned down outside the his newspaper’s office in Istanbul on 19 January. Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit TurkeyEurope – Central Asia A retired general has brought a claim against Erdal Dogan, one of the lawyers who represent the family Turkish-Armenian editor Hrant Dink. “It is worrying”, the press freedom organisation said. Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Turkey Receive email alerts News April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Organisation April 2, 2021 Find out more News News June 7, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Retired general sues murdered newspaper editor’s lawyer for defamation News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia
EcuadorAmericas News News Help by sharing this information News Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped January 22, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Community radio journalist released but facing criminal proceedings Receive email alerts Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Organisation Francisco Farinango, a journalist on indigenous community radio, Inti Pacha, who was arrested during protests against a new mining law in the Pichincha region, northern Ecuador on 20 January, was released the next day but still faces charges of “rebellion” along with two other community members arrested with him.“Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of the journalist but once again appeals to the justice system to proceed with caution. The fact that Francisco Farinango supports the claims of his community does not rule out that he sought to do his job as a reporter during the demonstrations. The procedure should be fair and not be used to punish Inti Pacha by getting at one of its journalists”, the organisation said._________________________21.01.09 – Community journalist arrested during indigenous people’s protests against mining lawReporters Without Borders today demanded an explanation from the authorities about the reasons and circumstances of the arrest yesterday of community journalist Francisco Farinango in Ñaño Loma, in the Pichincha region of northern Ecuador.The reporter on Radio Inti Pacha was arrested with three other members of his Tupigachi community on the sidelines of nationwide demonstrations by indigenous communities against a new mining law, which locally degenerated into clashes with security forces. The capital Quito is in the Pichincha region.Police sources cited by the national press said that the journalist had been accused of having “incited” his companions to demonstrate and would shortly appear before a court. A total of nine people were held and six others injured during the demonstration.“An arrest against the background of a demonstration, possibly a riot, makes it difficult to check the allegation that Farinango had ‘incited’ members of his community to rise up,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Why him in particular?” it asked. A community journalist is by his nature witness and actor in an event that affects his community, a witness who could be awkward in a crisis. We fear that the arrest of Francisco Farinango only serves to punish his media and we ask the authorities to clarify their reasons,” it said.Indigenous communities mounted protests in nine of the countries 24 provinces on 20 January against the environmental consequences on their lands of a new law allowing open cast mining. The day was marked by some localised blocking of roads and clashes with police.Interior minister, Fernando Bustamante, said there had been an “attempt to destabilise the country and its government”, a statement which provoked an outcry from representatives of the National Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (CONAIE), who said they held the minister responsible for the physical wellbeing of the detainees, along with his counterpart at internal and external security, Gustavo Larrea, and the President, Rafael Correa Delgado. April 10, 2020 Find out more RSF_en June 15, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Follow the news on Ecuador to go further EcuadorAmericas News December 24, 2019 Find out more
News October 14, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Basic questions still unanswered during Dink trial’s 11th hearing TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 2, 2021 Find out more News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Turkey to go further News News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 28, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Essential issues were again left unaddressed at the 11th hearing on 12 October in the trial of the newspaper editor Hrant Dink’s alleged killers before an Istanbul court. A Turkish journalist of Armenian origin, Dink was gunned down outside his newspaper in Istanbul on 19 January 2007.“In hearing after hearing, the same fundamental questions remain, including the existence of a political will at the highest level to expose the truth in a case whose ramifications could turn it into a major government scandal,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But one thing is now clearly established, namely the danger that the ultranationalist discourse and ideology of hate pose to Turkish society in its entirety. This danger has clearly not gone away.” The press freedom organisation added: “This is also evidenced by the fact that in the past four years, some 200 Turkish intellectuals, journalists, publishers and dissidents have been tried under criminal code article 301 on charges of humiliating Turkish identity or insulting state institutions, meaning the army, police and judicial system.” For the first time since the start of the trial in July 2007, the alleged murder weapon was displayed in court. Judge Erkan Canak showed it to the defendants. Two of them, Ogün Samast, the youth who has confessed to shooting Dink, and Yasin Hayal, who allegedly supplied him with the gun, said they recognised it. During the hearing, lawyers representing the Dink family reiterated their concern about the murkier aspects of the case. They asked for the case to be linked to two other ongoing investigations and said evidence from these two other investigations should be shared with the Dink trial. One is the investigation into the ultranationalist conspiracy known as Ergenekon, and the other is the investigation into the 2007 murder of three protestant missionaries in the eastern city of Malatya.One of the Dink family lawyers, Fethiye Çetin, asked for the court to be given the testimony of one of the Ergenekon defendants, Sevgi Erenerol, a young woman who is the spokesperson of the (ultranationalist) Turkish Orthodox Church. Erenerol, who supported the article 301 prosecutions brought against Dink, mentioned meetings with senior armed forces personnel at which the presence of protestant missionaries in Turkey was referred to as a “danger.”The prosecutors in charge of the Ergenekon case are already supposed to provide Judge Canak with documents concerning another of the defendants, Durmus Ali Özoglu, whose statements tend to confirm the existence of a plan to “psychologically destabilise” Turkey. It is for investigating the Ergenekon conspiracy and the failure of the security forces to prevent Dink’s murder that Nedim Sener, a journalist with the daily Milliyet, is being prosecuted over an article published in February and a book entitled “The Dink murder and intelligence agency lies.”He is facing a possible 32-year jail sentence (more than the 20-year terms that Dink’s alleged murderers could get) on charges of publishing confidential information, trying to pervert the course of justice, insulting a police officer and three senior intelligence officers and exposing the intelligence officers to “attacks by terrorist organisations.”The Dink family lawyers also insisted during this hearing on the need to continue efforts to identify all the people involved in the Dink murder. In particular, they called for an investigation into the statements made to a special parliamentary commission by the current head of intelligence in Ankara, Ramazan Akyürek, who used to be police chief in Trabzon, the city where most of the defendants come from. Akyürek told the commission he had been aware of a plan to kill Dink.During this hearing, the US software and Internet company Microsoft was asked to provide the court with transcripts of the MSN Messenger conversations of one of the defendants, Erhan Tuncel, who was a Trabzon police informer.Several international observers attended the hearing, including Vincent Nioré, Alexandre Couyoumdjian and Mathieu Brochier, three Paris bar association lawyers who are following the trial at the behest of bar president Christian Charrière-Bournazel. It was the third consecutive hearing they have attended. They said their Paris bar association mandate to observe the trial and support the Dink family and its lawyers has been extended until 2011.In response to a journalist’s question, they said they have not been received by the head of the Istanbul bar association, Muammer Aydin, who has said in the past that he is not happy with the interest the Paris bar association is taking in the trial as it “means that too much importance is being attached to Hrant Dink’s Armenian identity.” The observers also included European Parliament member Hélène Flautre, who is joint chairperson of the Turkey-EU mixed commission, Ali Yurttagül, an adviser to the European Greens, Eugene Schoulgin, international secretary of International PEN, and two representatives of Norwegian PEN, Lin Stensrud and Trine Kleven.
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