Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Update : Crime and Punishment in Turkey, 24 March 2012

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There was some hope, for a fleeting moment, that the release of renowned journalists Nedim Sener and Ahmet Sik would mean a watershed moment inTurkey’s recent history of human rights abuses.  We were wrong. It is only going to get … Continue reading

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The Washington Times-Playing with fire: Journalism in Turkey

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Luke Montgomery Saturday, March 17, 2012 Members of the Turkish press rejoiced when four of their colleagues, incarcerated for over a year, were released by the government. The crime? Writing. No, wait. How silly of me. Writing isn’t a crime in … Continue reading

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The Economist: Repression in Turkey – Enemies of the state

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Four journalists are released from prison. Dozens are less lucky Mar 17th 2012 “How can I be happy when so many of my colleagues are not free?” The question was asked by Nedim Sener, an investigative journalist who this week … Continue reading

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The Guardian: Turkey’s enlightenment languishes, like the journalists in its prisons

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The record number of reporters imprisoned in Turkey threatens to extinguish the flame of democratic reform. Fiachra Gibbons A year ago, police burst into the homes of two of Turkey’s best investigative journalists, Nedim Sener and Ahmet Sik, and carted them … Continue reading

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Sivas: A tale of painful indifference

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I visited Sivas in 2008, 15 years after the massacre at the Madımak Hotel. I vividly remember the eerie feeling that came over me as I was walking by the site of arguably one of the most traumatic events in … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman – The New York Times: A Moscow Show Trial on the Bosphorus

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Another post from a colleague, this time about Turkey, from Dani Rodrik at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Dani is a first-rate economist, who has staked out important ground as a critic of conventional wisdom on trade and development; you can read … Continue reading

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The Update : Democracy a la Turca, Catch’em All ! 12 March 2012

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Democracy a la Turca, Catch’em All! The new education bill, namely 4+4+4, was approved yesterday at the Education Commission amid fists and kicks to the heads of CHP deputies and the cameramen and with a deputy circle of AKP around … Continue reading

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