Kurdish journalist freed on bail after being held for four months

first_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Turkey TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Receive email alerts News News April 28, 2021 Find out more Birol Duru, a correspondent for the pro-Kurdish news agency DIHA, has been released provisionally from Diyarbakir prison in southeastern Turkey, where he had been held since 10 August. His release was granted yesterday at the end of the second hearing in his trial, which began on 8 December. Duru is still being prosecuted for alleged membership of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist organisation by the Turkish authorities.He was found in possession of a PKK propaganda cassette when detained while he was investigating cannabis trafficking in the southeastern town of Bingöl, in which the local police chief was allegedly implicated. He denies being a PKK member and claims he has been the victim of plot. He was additionally charged on 17 November with “denigrating the security forces” in the same case. He faces a sentence of between three and ten years in prison. No date has been set for the next hearing. April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en center_img December 30, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kurdish journalist freed on bail after being held for four months Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law ———————–13 December 2005Journalist Birol Duru still in prison after four monthsJournalist Birol Duru, of the pro-Kurd news agency Diha, has been imprisoned for four months in south-eastern Turkey, following his arrest in the village of Dinarbey on 10 August.He is facing charges of “collaboration with the PKK” under Articles 220 paragraph 7 (membership of an armed organisation) and 314 paragraph 3 (membership of a criminal organisation) of Turkish criminal law. He is currently being held in Diyarbakir jail.“The hasty accusations the authorities have laid against the journalist are evidence of abusive use of the Turkish criminal code to act against human rights activists and journalists”, said Reporters Without Borders.“The imprisonment of Birol Duru is based on badly drawn up articles, the vagueness of which allows the authorities to attack journalists at will,” it added.The authorities accuse Duru of being in possession of a video-tape showing Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants attacking a Turkish military vehicle in the village of Eskibalta on 26 July. They also accuse him of planning to supply the tape to news agencies and national TV channels. Police in Dinarbey seized his film camera, sound recorder and stills camera so that “the evidence should not be destroyed”.The journalist’s lawyers have been trying unsuccessfully to secure his release by successively taking the case before a court in Karlovia, the Bingol correctional tribunal and the court of assizes in Diyarkabir. Article 100 of the law on criminal procedure, requires that the accused should remain in custody “if there is a risk of escape, a possibility of destroying, hiding or tampering with evidence or if there is a risk of intimidating witnesses on the part of the accused.”Duru was on 17 November also charged with “denigrating the security forces”, under Article 301 of the Turkish criminal code, for publishing via the Diha news agency, in collaboration with the local section of the Turkish human rights organisation (IHD), a report that security forces were burning forests in Bingol and Tunceli, in the south-east of the country. News The court in Diyarbakir has still not reached a decision on Duru’s fate, or of that of Daimi Acig, a member of IHD, who was arrested with the journalist on 10 August. The first hearing in the trial was held on 8 December before the 4th chamber of assizes in Diyarkabir. One of Duru’s lawyers, Servet Ozen, contested the charge, saying that the video-tape did not belong to his client, and in any case, it was only a propaganda tape the organisation had supplied to a journalist. “My client only wanted to inform public opinion about an existing fact“, said Ozen.The case has now been adjourned 28 December. April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Brisbane land prices are among the nation’s most affordable

first_imgLand prices nationally are on the rise although Brisbane remains relatively affordable.THE latest report from industry body Housing Industry Association (HIA) and analyst CoreLogic revealed Brisbane remained among the county’s most affordable capital cities for land.Brisbane had the nation’s fourth most expensive capital city median land price at $239,500 per lot behind Sydney ($470,000), Melbourne ($275,000) and Perth ($262,500)Over the year to June 2017, land price gains in Brisbane were just 0.1 per cent — the lowest growth for all capital cities except Hobart which saw prices fall 15.8 per cent.The strongest growth was recorded in Melbourne where prices rose 19.6 per cent over the period, while Sydney saw a rise of 9.8 per cent and Adelaide experienced an eight per cent gain.Despite Brisbane’s modest result, it was Australia’s third most active land market based on sale volumes recorded over the June 2017 quarter.HIA Senior Economist, Shane Garrett, said the median lot price across Australia rose 8.5 per cent nationally to $256,683, while land turnover is down nine per cent.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago“The speed at which land price is increasing is a concern as it compounds the housing affordability problem,” Mr Garrett said.Mr Garrett believed land supply was central to relieving pressure on the tight national market.“This requires improved outcomes with respect to financing of housing infrastructure, monitoring and timely reporting on land release and speeding up zoning and subdivision process,” Mr Garrett said.CoreLogic commercial research analyst, Eliza Owen, said high national land prices contributed to affordability issues and helped drive increased high-density development.Ms Owen said planned infrastructure project may see demand for land shift to more regional locations.“New and prospective infrastructure developments such as the inland freight rail and Badgerys Creek Airport will open up new employment and development opportunities further from the metropolitan regions which may stimulate demand for housing in areas with a more affordable price tag,” Ms Owen said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

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Top news, October 16 – 22, 2017

first_imgTidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from October 16 – 22, 2017.Atlantis reinstalls fourth MeyGen turbineAtlantis Resources has reinstalled the fourth tidal turbine in the Pentland Firth off Scotland, wrapping up the Phase 1A of the MeyGen project. With the reinstallation of the final turbine, MeyGen Phase 1A will now be capable of operating at its full 6MW capacity generating full Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) and power revenues.EU opens €1.5M wave and tidal monitoring callEuropean Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has launched a call for proposals for projects related to environmental monitoring of wave and tidal devices. The call was launched on October 16, 2017, and will be open for submissions until January 18, 2018.Canadian tidal energy project bags innovation fundingAcadia University-led tidal energy research project has secured funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to investigate the relationship between environment and tidal turbines. The funds will enable creation of the world’s first observation and prediction system for investigating the physical and biological marine environment in high-flow conditions at turbulence-resolving scales, according to Acadia University.Ocean Energy ready for 500kW wave device build-outIrish wave energy developer Ocean Energy plans to begin with the manufacturing of its up-scaled wave energy device this month in the United States. Following the completion of the construction works, Ocean Energy’s 500kW wave energy device, designed around the oscillating water column principle, will be transferred to US Navy’s Kaneohe Bay Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) for a round of grid-connected sea trials.Resen Waves verifies power productionAalborg University has verified the power production on a Resen Waves Power Buoy operating in irregular waves in the sea. Aalborg University found the efficiency of the company’s Power Buoy in harnessing power from the waves is between 50 to 70% even in small waves. The Power Buoy has been designed for powering instruments in the sea and providing real-time data connectivity.Tidal Energy Todaylast_img read more

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Cricket News If government feels India vs Pakistan should not be played in World Cup, we won’t: BCCI sources

first_img New Delhi: The Pulwama terror attack which resulted in the death of 40 CRPF jawans has resulted in plenty of anger from the Indian public. Sporting personalities from across the spectrum have offered their condolences to the families of the CRPF jawans who were killed while some have made monetary contributions. There are some cricketing personalities who have called upon the Indian cricket team to boycott their ICC Cricket World Cup encounter against Pakistan in Manchester over the Pulwama attack. Both sides will clash on June 16 at Old Trafford, Manchester. Following the attack, Harbhajan Singh said, “There is no need for any relations with Pakistan, let alone cricket. Don’t play the World Cup match with Pakistan on June 16 — country comes first for all of us and we are all standing with our forces. I don’t care about losing points as the Indian team is powerful enough to win the World Cup without playing Pakistan.”However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has said they are waiting for a government decision on whether India should play Pakistan in the World Cup. Sources in the Indian cricket board were clear on what they needed to do. “Situation will get clearer after some time, a little closer to the World Cup. ICC has nothing to do with it. If the government at that point in time feels we shouldn’t play, it’s obvious that we won’t play.”India and Pakistan will meet in the league stage but there can also be a distinct possibility that the two sides could face each other in the final. In that eventuality, the source said BCCI would approach the ICC in order to tackle the situation. “But the result of that would be that Pakistan will get the points of the match & if it is (the) final (between India and Pakistan), they will win the World Cup without even playing. We haven’t yet approached ICC in this regard,” the source said. The International Cricket Council is apparently monitoring the situation. An ICC meeting is scheduled to be held in February-end in Dubai and the major issue could be the cricketing relations between India and Pakistan. Dave Richardson, the outgoing ICC CEO spoke about the ramifications in case a team forfeits the game. “There is justifiable non-compliance and unjustifiable. We will have to deal with that under the playing regulations,” Richardson said in an interview to ESPNCricinfo.Forfeiture in World Cup – A saga of painRichardson’s comment on justifiable non-compliance and unjustifiable sums up the issue that teams who forfeit have to pay a heavy price irrespective of sentiments. In World Cup encounters, there has been instances when situations has arisen that has resulted in teams refusing to play each other due to security situations or other reasons. The 1996 World Cup was the first major instance and it involved Sri Lanka. Just before the tournament, a suicide bomb attack in Colombo resulted in at least 53 people been killed and 1,400 injured. Australia and West Indies chose not to play any of their scheduled games in Sri Lanka due to security concerns. Despite assurances from the ICC that it was safe to play, neither team relented. As a result, Sri Lanka was awarded the games and points with both matches going into result column as walkover without a ball bowled.The issue cropped up again in 2003, this time there were issues with England and New Zealand. A car bomb attack in Mombassa in November 2002 had resulted in the death of 16 people and New Zealand wanted the game against Kenya to be relocated from Nairobi. The ICC refused and Kenya was awarded four points due to the forfeiture.England’s players were worried about security and social unrest in Zimbabwe heading into the tournament. However, according to a Guardian report, the news of death threats from one organisation made their decision final. The Sons and Daughters of Zimbabwe threat “Come to Harare and you will die” made England’s decision to not play in Zimbabwe final and they lost four points. For both teams, the forfeiture proved costly as England was eliminated in the league stage while New Zealand crashed out in the super six stages.In all the events, the ICC has sternly refused to justify the ‘fears’ of teams who have forfeited a game in the World Cup and it will be interesting how they treat India’s sentiments following the Pulwama attack. All eyes will be on Dubai in the coming weeks. highlights India will take on Pakistan in Manchester on June 16.The Pulwama terror attack resulted in the death of 40 CRPF Jawans.India has never lost a World Cup encounter against Pakistan. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Thomas Partey makes Atletico Madrid’s 25-man-squad for UCL action

first_imgGhana’s Thomas Partey has traveled with the Atletico Madrid team ahead of their UEFA Champions League clash against RB Leipzig in Lisbon, Portugal. Thomas Partey had been injured but recovered on time to make the 25-man-squad for the one-off quarter-final knockout clash.The box-to-box midfielder has been phenomenal for the Spanish giants and is looking forward to helping his side win this season’s UCL.The 27-year-old was rumoured to have contracted COVID-19 but the club confirmed the players to get the Coronavirus was Ángel Correa and Šime Vrsaljko.Los Rojiblancos will face RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions after knocking out the holders, Liverpool in the Round of 16.The box-to-box midfielder has been phenomenal for the Spanish giants and is looking forward to helping his side win this season’s UCL.Thomas Partey is heavily linked with a move to Arsenal as Mikel Arteta is eager to strengthen his team for the 2020/2021 season.last_img read more

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