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Turkish gov’t takes all military appointment rights in sweeping new emergency decree

Turkish gov’t takes all military appointment rights in sweeping new emergency decree

The government took over all appointment rights in the military with three sweeping new state of emergency decrees issued late on Jan. 6, with the authority for the formation of cadres in the General Staff transferred to Turkey’s Defense Ministry

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Court arrests Turkish journalist Ahmet Şık

Court arrests Turkish journalist Ahmet Şık

An Istanbul court on Dec. 30 ordered the arrest of prominent journalist Ahmet Şık, one day after he was detained over several tweets and his articles for daily Cumhuriyet

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Turkish journalist Ahmet Şık kept in isolation, says lawyer

Turkish journalist Ahmet Şık kept in isolation, says lawyer

Prominent journalist Ahmet Şık has been kept in isolation in prison, according to his lawyer who recently visited him

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Difference between jail and outside conditions narrowing in Turkey: Aslı Erdoğan

Difference between jail and outside conditions narrowing in Turkey: Aslı Erdoğan

The difference in Turkey between life in jail and life outside are gradually decreasing, one of the country’s most prominent novelists said upon her release, after being held in prison for 132 days.

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Lawyers to appeal arrest of journalist Ahmet Şık

Lawyers to appeal arrest of journalist Ahmet Şık

The lawyer of arrested Turkish journalist Ahmet Şık said on Dec. 31 that his team will appeal against a court decision to arrest him

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Author Aslı Erdoğan, linguist Necmiye Alpay released

Author Aslı Erdoğan, linguist Necmiye Alpay released

One of Turkey’s most prominent contemporary novelists and an internationally prominent linguist who has also made widely praised translations of Western novels into Turkish were released on probation on Dec. 29 after being arrested on charges of “making terrorist propaganda” for daily Özgür Gündem

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WSJ says Turkey detains reporter for three days

WSJ says Turkey detains reporter for three days

Turkey detained a staff journalist for The Wall Street Journal for almost three days without access to a lawyer, the newspaper reported on Dec. 31, adding to growing concerns over press freedom in the country

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Council of State lifts rights of governors to open religious schools

Council of State lifts rights of governors to open religious schools

The Council of State has lifted a regulation permitting governor’s offices to unilaterally convert ordinary high schools into vocational religious high schools without considerating the needs of locals, a Turkish education union announced on Dec. 28.

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