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Court arrests two Turkish hunger-striking educators on terror charges

Court arrests two Turkish hunger-striking educators on terror charges

An Ankara court on May 23 ordered the arrest of two educators, Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, who have been on hunger strike for over 75 days in protest at being dismissed from their posts through state of emergency decrees.

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123 Turkish journalists on the run abroad: Report

123 Turkish journalists on the run abroad: Report

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)

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Euro court says freedom expression violated in case of draft novel seizure in Turkish prison

Euro court says freedom expression violated in case of draft novel seizure in Turkish prison

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on May 23 ruled that freedom of expression was breached in the case of the seizure of a draft novel written by a prisoner in the eastern Turkish province of Erzurum in 2004.

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Colleagues demand release of jailed journalists on 200th day of Cumhuriyet arrests

Colleagues demand release of jailed journalists on 200th day of Cumhuriyet arrests

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.

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Amnesty slams state of emergency dismissals in Turkey

Amnesty slams state of emergency dismissals in Turkey

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.

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Parliament elects seven members to board of judges, prosecutors

Parliament elects seven members to board of judges, prosecutors

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

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Turkish daily Sözcü publishes blank issue to protest detention warrant on executive, staff members

Turkish daily Sözcü publishes blank issue to protest detention warrant on executive, staff members

Turkish critical daily Sözcü has published a “May 19 Press Freedom Special Edition,” left blank to protest the detentions of some staff members.

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Mother of dismissed Turkish educator on hunger strike detained in Ankara

Mother of dismissed Turkish educator on hunger strike detained in Ankara

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

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