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Amnesty International on May 22 accused the Turkish government of implementing “arbitrary dismissals” of public sector workers since the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, widely believed to have been masterminded by the followers of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen.
Turkish critical daily Sözcü has published a “May 19 Press Freedom Special Edition,” left blank to protest the detentions of some staff members.
A total nine people, including the mother of an expelled teacher, were detained by police on May 18 during a solidarity protest with dismissed teacher Semih Özakça and academic Nuriye Gülmen, who have been on hunger strike for 72 days, daily Cumhuriyet has reported
Some 123 Turkish journalists are fugitives abroad, while 159 of them were in jail as of the end of April, according to a report by the Turkish Journalists Association (TGC)
An 83-day hunger strike by a father demanding to be given his dead son’s remains has yielded a result as the Tunceli Governor’s Office said it would agree to return the remains of Murat Gün following his father’s weeks-long struggle.
Journalists staged protests in Istanbul and Ankara to demand the release of daily Cumhuriyet journalists, executives and employees on the 200th day of their arrest on May 18.
The arrest of daily Cumhuriyet’s chief online editor has triggered criticism from unions and politicians, with many stating that the court ruling is a blow against press freedom and freedom of expression.
The first seven members of the Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK), which will be restructured next week as part of the constitutional amendments approved on April 16, were appointed by an alliance between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) in parliament in a late night session on May 16 and 17
An Istanbul court on May 15 ordered the arrest of Oğuz Güven, the chief online editor of daily Cumhuriyet, on terror charges