Court wants up to 11 years for Samanyolu TV director


Date posted: June 6, 2014

 
ISTANBUL
A prosecutor has filed charges against a director of Samanyolu TV accusing him of “insulting” and “slandering” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and fomenting “grudges and hostility among the public,” demanding up to 11 years and two months in prison.

Chief Public Prosecutor Sıddık İlgar demands between two years and 10 months to 11 years and two months in prison for Abdullah Bağ, who is the director responsible for the content of the broadcasts of Samanyolu TV, which has currently been under attack from government agencies.

Samanyolu TV and Samanyolu News have jointly been fined TL 1,322,492 in total for 55 administrative fines issued by the Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTÜK). Prime Minister Erdoğan, whose government faces graft charges, has said an investigation into his inner circle over alleged graft is a plot against his government, claiming that the Hizmet movement — a social movement that has also inspired Samanyolu TV — is behind the plot, although he has failed to produce any evidence in this regard.

Prosecutor İlgar recently completed an investigation following a petition filed by Prime Minister Erdoğan as plaintiff. In the indictment, which has been accepted by the 9th Criminal Court of First Instance, it is alleged that Samanyolu TV distorted an election campaign speech delivered by Erdoğan on March 4.

The indictment also claims that “an illegal structure nested within the state,” as prime minister Erdoğan has suggested, is trying to overthrow the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government. The indictment claims that on March 4, Erdoğan, speaking at an election rally, called on his supporters to curtly turn them down if Hizmet movement members visit their homes speaking against the AK Party.
The indictment claimed that Samanyolu TV’s broadcast had spliced Erdoğan’s speech to make it appear as if the prime minister hates anyone who is a member of the Hizmet movement, although the prime minister has made it clear that he differentiates between the grassroots of the movement and those at the top. According to the prosecutor, the news clip was a distortion of Erdoğan’s speech and has slandered Erdoğan and defamed his “honor and reputation.”

The Turkish press has been categorized as “not free” by the international group Freedom House. On Wednesday, Dunja Mijatovic, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) representative on freedom of the media, said freedom of expression is severely limited in Turkey while media freedom has become critically stifled.

She told Today’s Zaman: “What I find alarming is that the latest developments in Turkey point toward more restrictions instead of a gradual progress toward increased media freedom.”

Recently Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu threatened Zaman diplomacy correspondent Servet Yanatma, who asked the foreign minister if it was normal for a prime minister to appoint newspaper editors, edit news reports or threaten a media owner, describing his question as an “insult to the prime minister” and stating that Turkey has press freedom “if you can safely go home after this press conference.”

Recordings of wiretapped conversations between Prime Minister Erdoğan and some media bosses, leaked in March online, resulting in a ban on Twitter and YouTube, have suggested that many journalists in the mainstream media who have been fired were sacked under orders from Erdoğan over columns or stories that go against the government’s ideas.

Source: Todays Zaman , June 5, 2014


Related News

Erdoğan after one-man rule: CHP leader

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan has a hidden agenda and that is to establish a “one-man rule in Turkey” claims Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP)

Gülen’s lawyer: New arrest warrant for Gülen is unlawful

The lawyer for Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, Nurullah Albayrak, in reaction to Turkish media reports on Tuesday of another arrest warrant being issued for his client, said in a statement that according to the law on criminal procedure, it is unlawful for a court to issue an arrest warrant unless the accused has been appropriately called to appear before the court.

Turkish Olympiad students visit top level gov’t officials in Ankara

İPEK ÜZÜM, ANKARA Students coming from all round the world to participate in the 11th International Turkish Olympiad, a festival that celebrates the Turkish language and which this year brought together 2,000 students from 140 countries, visited the Ankara Governor and the ministers of energy and EU affairs in Ankara on Tuesday. A group of […]

Can a Post-Coup Turkey Get Along with Europe?

None of this has stopped the government from undertaking a huge, self-destructive purge, with around 10,000 people arrested, 100,000 people dismissed, and the seizure of assets of more than $4 billion, numbers that worry not just human rights activists but foreign investors as well. The government’s fury is understandable but it should distinguish between those who took part in the coup and those who simply belonged to the Gulen movement.

Municipality shuts down three reading halls in Adıyaman

Adıyaman Municipality has reportedly closed down three reading halls established to help educate the children of needy and poor families, using scores of police vehicles.

Turkey: Democracy in peril – A human rights report

In a springtime of hope, the first decade of the 21st century, Turks and outside observers shared a dream that Turkey might become that bright star in an otherwise muddled constellation of the Middle East—a real democracy in a predominantly Muslim country, committed to civil liberty, human rights, pluralism, and civil society. That hope has disappeared as but a short- lived meteor in the dark, troubled sky. It is no more; and there is little optimism for its return in the foreseeable future. Turkey’s democracy is in regression.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Junior Coalition Partner Demands Explanation Why Bulgarian Govt Turned over Abdullah Buyuk to Turkey

Turkey coup: Conspiracy theorists claim power grab attempt was faked by Erdogan

Welcome to the Republic of Paranoia

Gulen, a Secret Cardinal?

Karzai honored Turkish schools in his country

NTIC Foundation: Touching lives in Nigeria

Hizmet movement rejects claim of forming political party

Copyright 2024 Hizmet News