Saturday, 5 March 2011

More Journalists Arrested in Turkey

7 more journalists have been arrested in Turkey, allegedly in connection with the mythical Ergenekon plot which Erdogan and his fellow jihadists have been using as a convenient pretext to suppress the anti-jihad forces in the country, including the military and secular journalists.

The police raided the homes and offices of 11 people in Ankara and Istanbul. Among those detained were Nedim Sener, an investigative journalist for the newspaper Milliyet; Yalcin Kucuk, a writer who is a prominent critic of the governing Justice and Development Party; and Ahmet Sik, a journalist and academic who alleges that an Islamic movement associated with Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish-born cleric living in the United States, has infiltrated the country’s security forces.

Several thousand people protested against the repression of journalists generally in Turkey on Friday in Istanbul.

Even the risible European Commission has been moved to express its concern:

"The European Commission is following with concern the recent police actions against journalists," EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said in a statement late on Thursday.

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