Turkish justice strikes again

first_imgNews TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Organisation April 2, 2021 Find out more March 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Turkish justice strikes again TurkeyEurope – Central Asia to go further Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 28, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism lawcenter_img Follow the news on Turkey Receive email alerts April 2, 2021 Find out more News News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns the eight-year suspended jail sentences that were imposed last week on two journalists as a result of their arrest at a demonstration in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir in 2008.Vedat Yildiz, a reporter for the DIHA press agency, and Lokman Dayan of the daily Guneydogu Ekspres were detained along with others on 21 October 2008 as they were covering a demonstration in the town of Idil that the authorities had declared illegal. The demonstrators were protesting against ill-treatment suffered in prison by Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan. Proceedings were started against the two reporters, as well as 23 demonstrators, by the public prosecutor’s office on 19 March 2009. Yildiz and Dayan were sentenced on 24 February to a total of 7 years, 11 months on three counts, all suspended. The pair received 6 years and 3 months for alleged membership of the rebel PKK, 10 months for spreading PKK propaganda and 15 months for “violation of the law on conventions and public gatherings.”The verdict handed down by a criminal court in Diyarbakir represents a blatant gesture of intimidation against the journalists, whose only crime has been to try to cover stories that the Turkish government has deemed out of bounds.Yildiz and Dayan were arrested while carrying out their legitimate work as journalists and yet were tried for the same offences as the demonstrators. The sentence is out of all proportion to the circumstances that led to their arrest and trial.The reporters were accused of not complying with an order by the security forces to disperse. The verdict was based on witness statements by six police officers, which in itself casts doubt on the impartiality of the verdict. As the sentences were suspended, the two men now have the threat of several years in jail hanging over them should they be accused of similar offences again. The effect of this is clearly intimidation. For the next five years the journalists know that if they commit any further offences they will find themselves behind bars. In effect, Yildiz and Dayan will no longer be able to do their job as journalists as they would wish.Once again Turkey’s anti-terrorist law, condemned several times by Reporters Without Borders has been used by the local courts to gag the media.Finally, the organization strongly condemns the use of violence against journalists. Yildiz had to be taken to hospital following his arrest after receiving an injury to his neck. He lodged a formal protest with the police authorities but his complaint was thrown out. Impunity of this kind cannot be tolerated.The journalists’ lawyer, Veysel Vesek, has appealed. Reporters Without Borders stands alongside him in denouncing a verdict, which “shows the dead end in which the Turkish justice system finds itself”. We insist that the appeal process take account of every single irregularity brought to light.Turkey was ranked 138th out of 178 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. This verdict comes at a time when tension in the southeastern provinces is again rising following the Turkish government’s abandonment of an opening towards the Kurds and new clashes with the PKK. News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Turf Field Day

first_imgWhether you’re a golf course superintendent or a homeowner who wants the perfect lawn, there’ll be something for you at the University of Georgia Turfgrass Field Day.The field day is set for Thursday, August 12 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the University of Georgia’s campus in Griffin, Ga. Registration will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Come and get the latest information on how to care for your lawn or your golf course from UGA researchers and extension specialists. Field day topics include controlling turf insects like mole crickets and white grubs and turf pests like crabgrass and other turf weeds. The field day will also include information on newly released UGA turfgrasses including tall fescues that were bred especially for Georgia conditions. There will also be an update on the Seashore Paspaulum breeding program at UGA. This turfgrass is especially popular along the coast as it can be irrigated with salt water.The field day also includes a BBQ and chicken lunch and displays and demonstrations of the latest turfgrass industry equipment.The morning session of the field day from 9-11:30 a.m. will also be offered through a Spanish translated tour.For individuals needing pesticide recertification, the UGA Turfgrass Field Day has been certified for Georgia Pesticide License Credit hours in Categories 24 (Ornamentals and Turf), 21 (Plant Agriculture) and Private. Be sure to bring your license number with you for reporting purposes.Certified Crop Advisor credit will also be available for the Turfgrass Field Day. Credit in pesticide management and crop production will be allowed for those in attendance. Be sure to sign up on the appropriate form at the end of the field day to receive your credits. The cost of the field day is $35 for registrations received before July 30 and $50 for those received after July 30. Four or more participants registering as a group qualify for a 10 percent discount. You can register by credit card by calling the UGA Griffin Campus Continuing Education Office at (770) 229-3477 or by faxing your registration and credit card payment to (770) 233-6180. To register by mail, send your registration fee to the Office of Continuing Education, University of Georgia Griffin Campus, 1109 Experiment Street, Griffin, Ga. 30223. Or just show up bright and early Thursday morning, August 12 and register on-site. For a complete field day schedule, check our website at www.georgiaturf.com.The field day will be held outdoors, rain or shine, so dress appropriately (bring sun screen and a cap).last_img read more

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