News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia November 18, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court upholds 20-month suspended prison sentence against editorialist April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Receive email alerts Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders protested after Turkey’s Supreme Court on 16 November 2005 upheld a 20-month suspended prison sentence against Burak Bekdil, editorialist on the English language daily Turkish Daily News for “insulting state institutions”.Bekdil was initially sentenced after the paper carried a column exposing the failings and partiality of the Turkish legal system, on 27 August 2001.He had contended that “an ordinary Turk would probably have one in a million chance for a fair trial, if he was foolish enough to trust Turkish courts and judges.”He also included a list of advice “to those who are brave or crazy enough to seek justice at a Turkish court”.“This sentence shows yet again the flaws in the new Turkish criminal code that allows the authorities to suppress certain articles or media, by using vague formulations according to whim.“Such practices are utterly inconsistent with the norms of free expression within the European Union. We urge the Turkish government to reform its criminal code so that press offences are no longer punishable by prison sentences,” said Reporters Without Borders.Bekdil could face a full jail term if he repeats the offence between now and July 2007.His lawyer has decided to appeal against the verdict to the European Court of Human Rights. Follow the news on Turkey to go further News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more News
More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 201915 Leo Place, Bridgeman Downs.Through the large single pivot timber door, you are greeted by a multitude of formal and informal spaces all perfectly positioned throughout the home. The lower level is superbly sitting atop bamboo floors throughout. From the foyer, the floor-to-ceiling glass exhibits the ‘cosy’ leg of the pool. 15 Leo Place, Bridgeman Downs.Mr Devery said every room in the home was ensuited.“The way we’ve built the house is so that families with kids can move in, no matter what age,” he said. “Having the bedroom ensuites, and rumpus room upstairs, it’s the perfect set-up for kids to grow and stay at home until they are 30 years old.” 15 Leo Place, Bridgeman Downs.The pool is not just a pool but a distinct water feature of the luxurious home.A dedicated theatre room with blackout curtaining is off the foyer. Adjacent, the first of the living rooms, spacious and seamlessly connect to the family room. Mr Devery said the home was in a lovely street.“We are surrounded by homes of equal or better value,” he said.“The property is situated in a very high part of Bridgeman Downs. “The home gets beautiful breezes.”The property is walking distance to restaurants and close to public transport. 15 Leo Place, Bridgeman Downs.After almost two years at their Bridgeman Downs home, David and Carmel Devery have a desire to be closer to Brisbane’s CBD.The couple, who have three children, built their home at 15 Leo Place, and said their kids were studying at UQ and wanted to live closer to St Lucia.The five-bedroom, four-bathroom property has many standout features, including a massive kitchen which flows onto the living and dining areas.
A European-led maritime protection mission is being established in the Strait of Hormuz, the UK government said.As explained, the aim of the mission is to support safe passage of both crew and cargo in the region.The UK said it “will seek to establish this mission as quickly as possible.” By July 29, the UK destroyer HMS Duncan will arrive in the Gulf region to take over from HMS Montrose.“The new force will be focused on free navigation, bearing in mind that one fifth of the world’s oil, a quarter of its liquefied natural gas – and trade worth half a trillion dollars – passes through the Strait of Hormuz every year,” Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement to the UK Parliament.“It will not be part of the US maximum pressure policy on Iran because we remain committed to preserving the Iran nuclear agreement.”The move comes following the seizure of Stena Impero, a British-flagged, Swedish-owned tanker by Iran on July 19. Iran claimed the vessel with 23 crew members on board was captured for breaching international maritime law. Stena Impero reportedly turned off its tracker, ignored warnings by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and failed to respond to a distress call sent by an Iranian fishing boat. The IRGC then boarded the tanker, instructing it to sail to the Port of Bandar Abbas.Take a look at the operation carried out by Iranian authorities in the video below:However, the UK said the tanker was passing through the Strait of Hormuz in the Westbound Traffic Lane “in full compliance with international law and the rules of navigation”.Earlier this month, the UK and Gibraltar forces detained the Iranian tanker Grace 1 which was allegedly supplying oil to Syria, a country subject to EU sanctions.“There is simply no comparison between Iran’s illegal seizure of a vessel inside a recognised shipping lane – where the Stena Impero had every right to be – and the enforcement of EU sanctions against a tanker that had freely navigated into the waters of a British Overseas Territory,” Hunt added.The UK Foreign Office recently urged British-flagged vessels to avoid all passage in Iranian waters and in the entire Strait of Hormuz. The UK also raised ISPS Code Security Level for the country’s ships transiting the strait to level 3.All British-flagged ships will be asked to give the UK notice of any intention to pass through the Strait of Hormuz to enable the naval forces to protect them. What is more, the UK is strengthening measures to protect vessels flying the flags of other countries but which have British crew onboard.As informed, there are 1,300 ships on the UK Ship Register. On an average day, two or three ships belonging to the Red Ensign Group pass through the Strait of Hormuz.
RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Anthony Joshua has confirmed he will step back into the ring in March to defend his heavyweight belts.The Brit became a two-time world champ after getting revenge on Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday six months after his shock defeat.AJ, 30, is likely to fight any of mandatory challengers: Oleksandr Usyk and Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.Keeping hold of all four of his belts could cause a problem for the Brit with Usyk mandatory for the WBO and Pulev for the IBF.Joshua told Sky Sports: “The work begins again because around March I’ll be defending those titles again.“I’m already focusing on my next fight.“Anyone can get it.“The resume shows that, but I’ll be keen to handle my mandatories because the current WBC champion is fighting with Tyson Fury so good luck to them both.“That’s another exciting fight for the division.“In the meantime, I’ll handle my mandatories that I’ll have to do or I want to vacate a belt and I’ve just worked hard to get them I don’t want to give them away.“I’m just going to go over all my steps, all my processes, knock them down one by one and when the big boys are ready, Britain’s here and waiting to become the next undisputed champion of the world.”March’s fight would come just a month after Fury’s highly-anticipated rematch against WBC title holder Wilder.WBO President Francisco Varcarcel has given AJ 180 days to negotiate a deal with Usyk with the deadline ending on June 4 or face giving up his belt.Usyk signed with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn last year, meaning the super-fight can easily be made and one that will come with consequences should it not happen.Tags: Kubrat PulevOleksandr Usyk