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Worldwide action for Raif Badawi and Ahmet Altan

23 June 2017

The Society of Authors and The Publishers Association have announced that they are joining the “Speak Out” campaign, started by the English PEN for writers all around the world, who are at risk. The associations have also announced that the cases of Raif Badawi and Ahmet Altan are their main focus.

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Imprisonment sentence against CHP Provincial Chairman due to ‘insulting President’

23 June 2017

Republican People’s Party (CHP) Batman Provincial Chairman Hüseyin Yaşar has been sentenced to 11 months and 20 days of imprisonment due to “insulting the President” with a speech he gave before the elections on June 7th.

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Prosecutor objects claim against Ahmet Şık after two years

22 June 2017

Cumhuriyet Newspaper’s arrested reporter Ahmet Şık has been accused of “aiding a terrorist organization” due to covering the news of the phone call made regarding Prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz being taken hostage at Çağlayan Courthouse.

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Boğaziçi University students protest “assigned rector”

22 June 2017

Students at Boğaziçi University have protested the new rector Mehmed Özkan during the graduation ceremony. Özkan has been assigned by the President, instead of being elected. As the rector started his speech for the graduation, the students have turned their backs to the stage.

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Özgür Gündem cases

22 June 2017

The fourth hearing of the Özgür Gündem main case at Istanbul 23th High Criminal Court has been held with defendants Aslı Erdoğan, Necmiye Alpay, Ragıp Duran, Filiz Koçali, İnan Kızılkaya, Eren Keskin, Bilge Oykut, Zana Kaya and Kemal Sancılı.

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