Sweden to deport Kurdish journalist to Iran, where he could face ‘execution’

Published by Ekurd Daily on September 30, 2016 STOCKHOLM,— Swedish Migration Court has decided that Kurdish journalist Kamran Mirzaian will be deported to Iran. Mirzaian fears for his life if he is forced to return. “I will be executed or tortured to death.” said Kamran Mirzaian. The Kurdish journalist and activist Kamran Mirzaian came to Sweden in 2014. In Iran, he has worked as a journalist for several ye ...

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Turkey suspends Kurdish TV channels with a decree law

Published by Ekurd Daily on September 29, 2016 DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— 10 TV channels including those broadcasting in Kurdish were removed from Turkish satellite company Türksat and their broadcast was suspended in line with a decree law. The AKP government’s witch hunt under the guise of “fight against coup” has now extended to dissident television channels. The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Demo ...

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Solidarity with daily Özgür Gündem and its detained or harassed journalists (Info-Türk)

By: Info-Türk Solidarity with daily Özgür Gündem and its detained or harassed journalists Solidarity also with Ragip Zarakolu, Asli Erdogan, Eren Keskin and Filiz Koçali Daily Özgür Gündem, which has been shut down by court order, has been released as a special four-page edition carrying the headline “We will not give in”. The daily, published in solidarity, appeared in newsstands as a special edition of At ...

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The AKP government’s attacks against the free press continue! (press release KNK)

Turkish state closes largest Kurdish daily newspaper The voice of the Kurds and democrats Ozgur Gundem has been closed down. The daily newspaper Ozgur Gundem, known for its publications on the Kurdish question and democracy in Turkey, has been closed down by the AKP government today (16/08/2016). Ozgur Gundem was formed in 30 May,1992, and was first shut down on 14 April, 1994. Many of its issues have been ...

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Crackdown in Turkey’s Kurdish south-east turns journalists into ‘terrorists’

  Published by The Guardian 3 May 2016 Reporters for pro-Kurdish media are routinely detained, while those of pro-government outlets cannot always write what they want Refik Tekin, an award-winning photographer and video journalist, had been covering the curfew in the predominantly Kurdish city of Cizre, south-east Turkey, for more than a month when a report by a pro-government news agency turned him i ...

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TURKEY DOESN’T WANT TO JOIN EUROPE – IT WANTS TO UNDERMINE IT by Farhad Mirza

  Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, left, stands with European Council President Donald Tusk, centre, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during a press conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels on 18 March 2016. (AP/Virginia Mayo)  Published by Equal Times 30 March 2016 On 18 March 2016, the European Union (EU) struck a controversial deal with Turkey, aiming to ste ...

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Erdogan Uses Closed-Door Meeting to Blast Obama Administration

Published by Foreign Policy 30 March 2016 The Turkish president told a gathering of academics and former government officials that the White House was wrong to back the Kurds in the fight against the Islamic State. Facing a high-profile snub from the White House and a growing chasm with the United States over human rights and press freedoms, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan courted Washington’s top th ...

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Germany and EU reject protests over song mocking Erdogan

  Image copyrightAFP Image captionCorrespondents say President Erdogan brooks no dissentPublished by BBC News 30 March 2016 Germany and the EU have dismissed Turkish protests over a song aired on German television mocking President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The song, aired two weeks ago on regional broadcaster NDR's extra3 show, takes aim at Mr Erdogan's authoritarian style while also making fun of some of his ...

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Hürriyet columnist Ahmet Hakan injured in ‘organized assault’

Published by Hürriyet, October 1 2015 Hürriyet columnist Ahmet Hakan, who has been targeted with politically-motivated threats, has been injured after an assault in front of his home. Four men, arriving with a black Honda at 12:35 a.m. Oct. 1, attacked Hakan in Istanbul’s Nişantaşı neighborhood, as the columnist was returning home after hosting his program on private broadcaster CNNTürk. While one of the as ...

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Turkey arrests 32 Kurdish journalists in Diyarbakir

Published by Ekurd Daily, Sepetember 29, 2015 DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Turkish police Monday arrested about 30 people working for Kurdish-language media in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir in Turkish Kurdistan, Dogan news agency reported. Separately, the news agency Dicle said on social media that it and the Kurdish newspaper Azadiya Welat had been targeted in the operation, and that an ...

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