December 21, 2014

Who is Fethullah Gülen?

Şahin Alpay

The leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, rightly called it “a coup against democracy” when Zaman Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanlı and STV network executive Hidayet Karaca, together with a number of screenwriters and television producers, were detained on Dec. 14 on the incredible charges of founding or belonging to “an armed terrorist organization aiming to seize the sovereignty of the state.”

Turkey’s structural democratic deficit

Ömer Taşpınar

In times like this, when there is a growing sense of despair about the future of liberal democracy in Turkey, it is important to take a long-term view and calmly reflect on how the country will weather the current developments.

Bigger picture

Bülent Keneş

Turkey is moving headlong towards disaster. Having turned into a full-fledged dictator, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has taken under his control not only the fundaments of democracy such as the executive, the legislature and the media, but the judiciary as well.

Embattled Turkish cleric's influence felt in Tulsa

Fethullah Gulen is not exactly a household name in Tulsa.

But the influence of the Turkish Muslim cleric — who is living in self-imposed exile in the United States — is felt here and in cities around the world.

The new Turkey: tyranny and oppression

Amanda Paul

Today, the words dictatorship and authoritarian rule are becoming increasingly popular both inside and outside Turkey when referring to its leadership. Why has this happened? The answer is simple -- President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his new order and new rules of governance.

‘Reasonable suspicion’ paves way for crackdown on media

The recent detainment of managers from two of Turkey's leading media outlets following the enactment of a law that allows the judiciary to issue arrest warrants based only on “reasonable suspicion” of wrongdoing is a sign that the government -- hard-pressed by allegations of corruption -- will use the law to repress the media and dissidents.

AK Party’s media crackdown exacerbates Turkey’s isolation

As a NATO ally which professes to share NATO's core principles about democracy, human rights and press freedom and as a candidate country for European Union membership, the Turkish government's recent crackdown on opposition media outlets has shocked many outside observers and contributed to the country's isolation and increasing distance from its allies.

Gov’t raids imperil Turkey’s vibrant TV industry

The detainment of media personnel, including journalists and even screenwriters, on charges of attempting to overthrow the Turkish government by broadcasting soap operas and publishing news articles constitutes a move that does not bode well for Turkey's flourishing TV industry.

December 20, 2014

’Arrest warrant for Gülen to damage Turkey’s reputation in the world’

Alliance for Shared Values, a non-profit group that serves as a voice for dialogue organizations affiliated with the Hizmet in the US has released a press statement about an arrest warrant issued by a Turkish court for Fethullah Gülen, saying it will damage Turkey’s reputation in the world.

An operation that disgraces Turkey before the world

Abdülhamit Bilici

The famous politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit, also known as Red Danny, who has played a crucial role in the history of human rights activism, held high expectations about our country a decade ago. He was one of the most ardent supporters of Turkey's membership in the European Union, describing Turkey as the “Bosporus miracle.”

Editor-in-Chief Dumanlı returns to Zaman HQs after release

Zaman daily Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanlı arrived at the daily's headquarters in Yenibosna on Saturday after having been released pending trial in a government-orchestrated police operation.

US Congressional caucus condemns Turkey media crackdown as ’assault on democracy’

US Congressional Caucus on Turkey and Turkish Americans have slammed the Turkish government for going after what it said "perceived dissent," calling on Turkish authorities to immediately release journalists who have been detained.

Who knew, broadcasting a fictional TV miniseries is terrorism

Amongst the detainees of Sunday’s controversial and internationally lambasted media raids Samanyolu Broadcast Group President Hidayet Karaca provided a 19 page testimony.

Outcry over arrest of TV network Samanyolu's manager

Opposition politicians harshly criticized the court decision to arrest Samanyolu TV General Manager Hidayet Karaca along with four of other producers and police officials, describing the decision as an assault on free media.

December 19, 2014

Zaman Editor Dumanlı: Free media will not remain silent even if all gagged

The editor-in-chief of Turkey's best-selling daily, after being released pending trial in a government-orchestrated police operation, has vowed that the Zaman daily will continue to challenge the government's pressure over the media.

Reactions grow against gov’t-led crackdown on media

Reactions to the government-supported crackdown on free media through detentions and arrests, which aims to silence and intimidate certain media outlets, especially Zaman and STV groups, for reporting on the corruption allegations against the ruling party, continue to grow.

People across country protest media oppression and arrests

People across the country have come together to protest the government's continuing crackdown on the free media and the arrest of Samanyolu TV General Manager Hidayet Karaca and three police chiefs.

Head of TV channel arrested over script of soap opera that aired 5 years ago

An İstanbul criminal court of peace established by the government following two major graft probes that went public in December 2013 ruled for the arrest of Hidayet Karaca, Samanyolu Broadcasting Group (STV) general manager, based on evidence that came from a soap opera script.

Court rules for release of Zaman chief editor, Samanyolu manager arrested

A Turkish court ruled on Friday to release the editor-in-chief of the Zaman daily, five days after he was detained on charges of forming and leading an armed terrorist organization.

Prosecutor asks why Zaman’s editor published two columns and a news article

As part of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government's efforts to crack down on independent media outlets that are critical of the government, Ekrem Dumanlı, the editor-in-chief of the nation's best-selling daily, has been charged with "establishing and administrating an armed organization" under anti-terrorism legislation based on two op-ed pieces and one article published in his newspaper five years ago.

The state should become transparent, the media should not keep silent

Kemal Burkay*

The operation on Dec. 14 against a number of journalists and scriptwriters, including Zaman daily Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanlı and Samanyolu Broadcasting Group General Manager Hidayet Karaca, raised some concerns about media freedom within domestic and international circles. It is, of course, natural for the judiciary to investigate any illegal acts committed by suspects who were placed under detention if there is strong evidence to substantiate claims of their criminality. However, operations staged to silence and intimidate journalists, whose job is to comment on and analyze what is happening, cannot be endorsed. Such attempts weaken the state of confidence in the country and aggravate the tension.

Volunteer doctors to perform surgeries in Mali under leadership of Kimse Yok Mu

Antalya’s Manavgat Medical Foundation’s (MASADER) volunteers in cooperation with Kimse Yok Mu Foundation (KYM) will perform cataract and fistula, a postnatal disease in women, surgeries in Mali.