RSF urges Turkey to rescind draconian state of emergency decrees

first_img to go further Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit September 19, 2016 – Updated on September 25, 2016 RSF urges Turkey to rescind draconian state of emergency decrees April 28, 2021 Find out more Two months after responding to a coup attempt by declaring a state of emergency, the Turkish government continues to target journalists, pluralism and freedom of information. RSF is today publishing a report that details the many abuses and urges the government to return to democratic principles.Released on the day that Turkey completes its first two months under the state of emergency, the report analyses the frontal assault on media independence launched by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government.DOWNLOAD THE REPORT IN ENGLISHTÜRKÇE / IN TURKISH Declared on 20 July, the state of emergency allows the authorities to bypass the judicial system, although it is less independent than ever, and to curtail defence rights. Many journalists have been arrested and charged on spurious grounds and without evidence of their involvement in the coup attempt.Those who are arrested can be held in police custody for up to 30 days and can be denied access to a lawyer during the first five days.Taking advantage of the state of emergency, the government has also ordered the permanent closure of more than 100 media outlets, including newspapers, radio stations and TV channels, drastically curtailing pluralism, which had already been under attack.The state of emergency has also enabled the authorities to impose arbitrary administrative sanctions (withdrawal of passports and press cards) with the aim of discrediting hundreds of journalists and preventing them from working freely.“Instead of following the example set by the Turkish people, who resisted the putschists on 15 July and defended democracy, the Erdogan government has pursued an ever-broader offensive against freedom of information in Turkey,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“The government is using the state of emergency to jail journalists and close media outlets that supposedly supported its former Gülen movement allies, thereby flouting the most fundamental freedom of expression and opinion. But the state of emergency is also being used to attack all opposition media outlets.”Proclaimed five days after the 15 July abortive coup d’état, the three-month state of emergency allows the authorities to govern by decree. They are going after anyone suspected of “links” with the Gülen movement, which was immediately declared to have been behind the would-be coup.Hundreds of journalists – not only those working for pro-Gülen media but also for other media outlets critical of the government – have been arrested, questioned, charged or dismissed.This report was written by RSF Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu, who was jailed for ten days in June for taking part, like many other leading Turkish media figures, in a campaign of solidarity with Özgür Gündem, a newspaper that defends Kurdish rights. It was summarily closed on 16 August under the state of emergency.Turkey is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en News April 2, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News Help by sharing this information TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesReports and statistics Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionUnited NationsCouncil of Europe center_img Follow the news on Turkey Organisation Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesReports and statistics Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionUnited NationsCouncil of Europe Credit: Yasin Akgul / AFP News Receive email alerts Related documents Turkey report_State of emergency_19-09-2016PDF – 792.23 KBTürkçePDF – 862.84 KB Newslast_img read more

New UL Vice President will focus on broadening research function

first_imgTwitter WhatsApp Print Linkedin Newly appointed UL Vice President Professor Norelee KennedyPhoto: Oisin McHughPROFESSOR Norelee Kennedy, who has been appointed Vice President for Research at the University of Limerick, will be responsible for a main pillar of the new UL Strategic Plan that will be launched in the coming semester.An Associate Professor of Physiotherapy and Head of School of Allied Health at UL, she will take up the new position in January.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald said that research was vital to the future of the University and its importance is now gaining significant attention.“Research and Innovation will also form a main pillar of the new UL Strategic Plan which will be launched in the coming semester,” he stated.Dr Fitzgerald also acknowledged “the superb work of the outgoing Vice President Dr Mary Shire who completed two very successful terms in this role and led the Research function with distinction”.Prof Kennedy has worked as an academic in UL for over 14 years and as Head of School of Allied Health for five years. The Tipperary native graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc Physiotherapy in 1999 and a PhD in 2004. Her research focuses on focuses on inflammatory arthritis and physical activity in exercise.Stating that she was honoured to be taking on her new role, she said that, as an academic in UL for the last 14 years, she was very proud of UL and the research that was done there.“It is such an exciting opportunity to look at the next phase of research for UL. We have an excellent base in what we are doing in our research here and I think there are opportunities to look at new ways of bringing people together to work in interdisciplinary ways.“My vision is that we will continue to ensure that research we engage with has excellent impact and value for the communities and the people that we work with and the research partners we engage with,” she added.The Vice President, Research (VPR) at UL is a member of the Executive Committee with responsibility for Research Support Services and the Technology Transfer Office.They are responsible for the Research affairs of the University, including research support services, related enterprise and commercialisation of UL’s research.Reporting to the President, the VPR also has a key role in the overall leadership and strategic management of the University. Previous articleMinister needs to act urgently in relation to better EU Connectivity for Shannon AirportNext articleLimerick’s economic recovery resonates in California Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Advertisementcenter_img Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! NewsEducationNew UL Vice President will focus on broadening research functionBy Staff Reporter – July 30, 2019 519 Email Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSeducationLimerick City and CountyNewsULUniversityUniversity of Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blowlast_img read more