Open letter to president Erdogan

first_imgNews April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit RSF_en TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more Related documents Open Letter to President ErdoganPDF – 102.48 KB News News Organisation center_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia September 23, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to president Erdogan News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Turkey 23 September 2014 Dear President Erdoğan We are writing to express our concerns about the threats and intimidation towards the journalist Ceylan Yeğinsu. As you will be aware, Ms Yeğinsu is a reporter for the New York Times based in Turkey and wrote an article about the recruitment of Turkish citizens by the Islamic State (ISIS) on 15 September. This was an important article in the public interest, an example of high quality and responsible investigative journalism that offers insight into ISIS at a critical time. We were therefore dismayed to learn that following the article’s publication, Ceylan Yeğinsu has been personally targeted by elements of the media sympathetic to the ruling AKP and on social media, with threats that pose a serious risk to her own safety. We were also gravely concerned to read reports that you yourself denounced the article as ‘shameless, immoral, treason’. This is not an isolated incident. There is now a worrying trend of publicly smearing the reputation of journalists in Turkey, including threats to their lives. You will recall that last month at an election rally in southern Turkey, you referred to the Economist’s correspondent in Turkey, Amberin Zaman, as a ‘shameless militant disguised under the name of a journalist’. Last year, the BBC Turkish Service reporter Selin Girit was targeted by the mayor of Ankara who accused her of being an ‘English agent’. After these remarks, both journalists received a large number of threatening messages. The BBC and the Economist have voiced concerns that the Turkish authorities were intimidating their reporters. There are many other cases that offer similarly worrying examples of the hostile climate in which journalists in Turkey have to work. As you address the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow, for the first time as head of state, we would like to remind you of the significant role journalists play in a democracy and of the protection they are afforded in Turkish law as well as international law. The right to freedom of expression is enshrined in the 1982 Turkish Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in a number of international treaties to which Turkey is a state party, including Article 19 of the ICCPR and Article 10 of the ECHR. We ask you to use your influence as President of Turkey to foster a culture where freedom of expression can flourish and where Turkey’s talented community of writers, journalists and publishers can exercise their right to freedom of expression freely and without fear of intimidation. Yours sincerely Christophe DeloireGeneral Secretary, Reporters Without BordersThomas HughesExecutive Director, ARTICLE 19Jo GlanvilleDirector, English PEN Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Three leading free speech groups have today sent an open letter to President Erdogan on the eve of his first address to the UN General Assembly as head of state, raising their concerns about the protection of freedom of expression in Turkey. English PEN, ARTICLE 19 and Reporters Without Borders have called on President Erdogan to promote a culture that is favourable to freedom of expression. April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick Council raises rates but throws a lifeline to small business

first_imgNewsLimerick Council raises rates but throws a lifeline to small businessBy Bernie English – November 11, 2016 764 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Twitter Council chief executive Conn MurrayLIMERICK CITY and County Council members have voted to raise commercial rates by 5 per cent – but an amendment to the bands under which they are charged.A 5 per cent increase in commercial rates would affect just 10 per cent of businesses, Chief Executive Conn Murray said. “In addition, those who pay on time, will avail of savings”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The businesses which will be affected by the hike are those which pay in excess of 20,000 euro per year.A rebate of 4 per cent of rate has been approved for hospitality businesses which don’t already qualify for the rebate scheme in order to protect and promote the tourism industry. Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Emailcenter_img WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleLimerick memories of Rural Electrification SchemeNext articleWin cinema tickets Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGScommercialConn MurrayCouncil budgetfeaturedlimerickrates Facebooklast_img read more