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‘Media will have to watch their step,’ warns deputy prime minister
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş in a February 23 speech again threatened Turkish media, according to the state-run Anadolou News Agency, the English-language newspaper Hürriyet Daily News reported.

“I am saying very clearly that the media will have to watch [their] step,” Kurtulmuş said. “I was criticized when I said this before, but I’m sorry, in a country that is struggling against terrorism the media cannot be a fun farm. Nobody can act on behalf of terrorist organizations in the media. Some media outlets are still using the terminology of terrorist organizations.”

Police detain reporter in pre-dawn raid
Police detained Helin Yıldırım, a journalism student and former reporter of the shuttered Jin News Agency (JİNHA), from her home in a 4 a.m. raid on February 21, the news website Demokrat Haber reported on February 25. The website reported that because a court had sealed the investigation, the young journalist’s lawyers were unaware what charges she faces, if any.

Court rejects journalist’s appeal of terrorism conviction
The Fourth Criminal Department of the Ankara Regional Court of Justice on February 24 rejected Firat News Agency (ANF) journalist Ali Barış Kurt’s appeal of a November 2016 two-year and four-month prison sentence on charges he produced “propaganda for a terrorist organization” in his journalism, Kurt wrote on Twitter.

“Our appeal of my prison sentence is rejected; the sentence is finalized. We will definitely win! See you later,” Kurt wrote. CPJ was not immediately able to learn whether the journalist was in custody.

European Court of Human Rights to take up Altan brothers’ case: report
The European Court of Human Rights agreed to accept an application filed on behalf of renowned writers and journalists Ahmet and Mehmet Altan, according to the independent news website P24. The Altan brothers are accused of participating in the failed July 2016 military coup by sending “subliminal messages” in a televised debate a night before the failed coup.

[February 27, 2017]

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