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The PACE report criticizes Turkey for its failure to convict ‘the masterminds’ of the murder of journalist Hrant Dink, who was killed on Jan 17, 2007. EPA photo

The PACE report criticizes Turkey for its failure to convict ‘the masterminds’ of the murder of journalist Hrant Dink, who was killed on Jan 17, 2007. EPA photo

Turkey has been criticized for its media freedom stature according to a report by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). 

“The high number of journalists imprisoned, detained or prosecuted has a paralyzing effect on its media environment,” the report read, while the country was said to have “more journalists in detention than any other State in the world.” 

“In April 2012, as many as 95 journalists were in jail awaiting trial or serving sentences after being convicted,” the report read, adding that the number has increased since. 

“The majority have been charged or convicted under laws related to terrorism or incitement to violence or hatred, or insulting the Turkish nation or institutions of the State.” 

The report added that many of the imprisoned journalists were arrested and charged in connection with the “Ergenekon” case into an alleged plot to overthrow the government. 

The report also referred to the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in 2007. 

“In 2011, a man of nationalist views was sentenced to a prison sentence of over 20 years for shooting Dink, but the masterminds of the killing have not been convicted,” it was said. 

The report listed Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Macedonia, Ukraine and United Kingdom as other countries, where incidents threatining the media freedom are seen.

January/25/2013

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Dennis Kavaz

1/26/2013 1:53:08 AM

@ Hi, Agnes, Vargen and Red, in the report there are 13 other nations some with higher credibility then Turkey and that’s only the Iceberg [there iare more] Yet due to their credibility (especially on Politics) we and the masses turns a blind eye. And I assure you I don’t condone the rough treatment on good journalists; I was merely saying it’s wrong for Tom, Dick and Hurry criticising Turkey on a Monthly basis.

Agnes Smith

1/25/2013 1:52:01 PM

Dennis - The journalism you refer to is internationallly driven and politcal. We khow that, but doesn't apply to domestic journalism. How can you happily endorse the fact that Turkey has more of its journalists in prison than any other State.Why do you bother to read HDN unless you care to read well researched and informative news? You are contradicting your own words Do you seriously want to have a country enslaved by media that only report what the government says they can..

Vargen Vargen

1/25/2013 1:01:54 PM

Deniz. You claim "Europe’s news outlet knew one year before that Iraq had no nuclear weapons, just the same it was not reported to the general public until a year later." Can you please show the facts you are basing this comment on? Where did you learn that European news companies had solid proofs that there were no weapons but did not reveal these hyper hot news for over two years? Some kind of substance in your source to this commend you made would be very interesting.

Red Tail

1/25/2013 12:35:57 PM

Dennis. So from you comments, shall we understand that you are perfectly happy with the current Freedom of Speech and that you think that Turkey and its people do not deserve more?

Dennis Kavaz

1/25/2013 9:08:44 AM

Journalism defers from nation to nation and throughout. When the coalition forces invaded Iraq and Afghanistan only embedded reporters were allowed to escort the coalition forces.The coalition forces COs would tell the journalists where, when, and what to report. Freelance journalists were [not] employed. Though Europe’s news outlet knew one year before that Iraq had no nuclear weapons, just the same it was not reported to the general public until a year later. Not many practice what they preach
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