RSF urges EU to press for release of its Turkey representative

first_img Follow the news on Turkey June 29, 2016 – Updated on July 1, 2016 RSF urges EU to press for release of its Turkey representative News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the European Union to insist on respect for European democratic norms by the authorities in Turkey, where RSF representative Erol Önderoglu was placed in pre-trial detention a week ago. At a press conference at RSF headquarters in Paris on 27 June, RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire urged EU political institutions to remind Turkey of its democratic duties during the EU accession talks that are about to resume in Brussels. Deloire gave the news conference together with Can Dündar, the editor of the leading Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, who has been sentenced to five years in prison in Turkey. “Turkey definitely does not satisfy the democratic criteria required of accession candidates and is satisfying them less and less, especially as regards respect for media freedom,” Deloire said. “So it would be incomprehensible if the European Union were to give Turkey a positive signal.” The EU undertook to revive Turkey’s admission negotiations as part of the EU-Turkey agreement on migration. An inter-governmental conference is due to be held tomorrow in Brussels with several Turkish government ministers in attendance. Implementation of one of the clauses of the migration accord, visa-free access to the Schengen area for Turkish citizens, has been held up by the EU’s insistence that, in return, Turkey must amend its 1991 anti-terrorism law, which the Turkish authorities use to prosecute many journalists. Some have received long jail terms under the law, which does not distinguish between propaganda and objective reporting. RSF hopes that Johannes Hahn, the EU commissioner for enlargement negotiations, reaffirms the EU position that no concession can be made on visa requirements until Turkey brings it anti-terrorism legislation into compliance with European democratic standards. RSF also urges to the EU to press Turkey to: – Decriminalize press offences and, in particular, amend the law on insulting the chief of state. – Stop placing media outlets under judicial administration. – Amend the Internet law so that only an independent judicial authority can order the blocking of online content. – End illegal measures under which TV satellite operators can be forced to drop TV channels – Stop placing journalists in detention (40 are currently in prison, thousands of prosecutions are pending). – End impunity for those responsible for acts of violence against journalists. RSF also hopes that the French government will press its European partners to make respect for media freedom an explicit prior condition for progress in accession talks, and that France will continue its effort to obtain the release of Önderoglu and the two people arrested with him – journalist Ahmet Nesin and human rights defender Sebnem Korur Fincanci. “This is the worse period I have ever experienced for media freedom in Turkey (…) there is no respect for the rule of law,” Dündar said at the news conference. He has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years in Turkey, suffering the crackdown of the 1990s, and recently spending three months in prison together with Cumhuriyet’s Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gül. Paying tribute to Önderoglu, Dündar added: “Erol was with us all the time, in prison and in court.” Deloire also praised Önderoglu, who has been defending media freedom for the past 20 years in Turkey, and has French and Turkish dual nationality. “He has always defended all journalists who are imprisoned or prevented from working freely, whatever their views and whoever they worked for, whether Kemalists, Islamists supporting the [ruling] AKP or leftists,” Deloire said. “Now he is the victim of the same political mechanism by the Turkish government that he has always criticized.” Önderoglu’s imprisonment has sparked a vast wave of outrage and solidarity both in Turkey and internationally. UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, the UE, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the US State Department and the French and German governments have all called for the swift release of Önderoglu, Nesin and Fincanci, who are charged with “terrorist propaganda” for taking part in a campaign of support for the Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem. Turkey is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. 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UCL Round of 16: Ajax rout Real Madrid 4-1 to eliminate holders

first_img–Source: BBC Scintillating Ajax stunned 13-time European champions Real Madrid at the Bernabeu to progress from a Champions League knockout tie for the first time in 22 years.Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Erik ten Hag’s side stormed into an aggregate lead after just 18 minutes through forwards Hakim Ziyech and David Neres.The electric Dusan Tadic, provider of his side’s first two goals, then added a brilliant third as he whipped an effort into the top corner from the edge of the area.Chasing a fourth consecutive Champions League triumph, Real looked to have gained a lifeline when Marco Asensio scored with 20 minutes remaining.But Ajax midfielder Lasse Schone scored a spectacular free-kick just two minutes later to leave Santiago Solari’s side requiring three goals to progress.Gareth Bale, jeered by fans in Saturday’s defeat by Barcelona, was dropped by Solari but struck the post after emerging as a 29th-minute substitute for the injured Lucas Vazquez.Real looked fragile without captain Sergio Ramos, serving a two-match ban “for clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose” in the tie’s first leg.Their miserable night was compounded as Nacho was sent off in injury time for a second bookable offence, as Ajax became the first team to overturn a 2-1 first-leg home defeat in the Champions League.last_img read more

President Trump Fact-Checks FOX News’ Chris Wallace

first_imgPresident Trump sat down with Fox News’ Chris Wallace and challenged him on everything, including the fact he is losing in the polls. Trump says, “I’m not losing.”The President said he is optimistic about his prospects of reelection in November despite the recent polls that show Biden with a commanding lead.When Wallace mentioned a Fox News poll showing the president trailing Biden by eight points, Trump dismissed it as irrelevant. “I’m not losing, because those are fake polls.They were fake in 2016 and now they’re even more fake,” Trump said. “I have other polls that put me leading, and we have polls where I’m leading. I have a poll where we’re leading in every swing state.”Trump not going to loseTrump challenged Wallace to interview Joe Biden, who he says his “shot mentally.”Biden mommy mommyChris Wallace also falsely claimed that the U.S. has one of the highest mortality rates…Trump challenged him.{mortality rate}Trump also made the astounding claim that in two weeks’ time, he will sign a new healthcare plan.last_img read more

Perry demolishes Allderdice 40-0

first_imgTO THE HOUSE—Perry’s Chinelo Oparanozie rushed for three touchdowns in Perry’s 40-0 demolition of Westinghouse. (Photo by William McBride) Allderdice has made vast improvements this season, but with the kind of season Perry is having this year, their fortunes ran out Friday night. They were the victims of a 40-0 blowout by the Commodores at Cupples Stadium. “Our theme is to go one rung at a time,” Perry’s coach Bill Gallagher said. “We had a good week in practice. The kids were focused. We worked on some of the things that we were having problems with like penalties—offsides and stuff.”Greg McGhee led his troops with another fabulous game in which he completed 11 of 18 passes for 197 yards and an interception. He also threw two touchdowns to Eric Frye for 11 and 39 yards.“It felt great,” McGhee explained. “We wanted to come out here and show that we’re really number one in the city.”Perry’s sophomore running back Chinelo Oparanozie scored on rushes of 19 and 13 yards.Allderdice’s Mike Pfleger only completed one of six passes for eight yards. His favorite target, Dominic Gardner, was carried off the field on a stretcher in the second quarter. Head coach Jerry Hazlett described it as “complications with the neck and spinal area.”“They beat us up,” Haslett said. “They did whatever they wanted to us. It’s not that difficult to describe. We didn’t do what we needed to do on many of those plays. Yes, it obviously hurt us to lose (Gardner) but we had a mistake made by somebody on every single play.”Allderdice’s Patrick Ferguson came into the game as the league’s leading rusher but was held to 16 rushes for a season-low 32 yards.Schenley 16, Peabody 12DeAndre Black was Schenley’s hero. He scored on 79-yard pass from Calvin Beck to bring the Spartans back from four down to knock off Peabody, 16-12, on Saturday at Cupples Stadium.“Ultimately, we played as a team.” Black said. “When I had to go out because of cramps, the younger guys stepped up. I wanted to be a role model for them.”The Highlanders didn’t make it easy for Schenley to put the game away. They drove the ball nearly 80 yards to almost stun the Spartans in their final drive.“We almost shocked them,” Peabody’s coach Leonard Carter said. “But we made many mistakes throughout the game. I’m very proud of the efforts of the players. We took it down to the wire.”Black finished with six catches for 102 yards. Beck completed 13 of 28 passes for 191 yards and an interception. Rennie Holoman had the other score for Schenley, on a 10-yard reception in the third quarter. Schenley’s defense also recorded a safety in the first half.Peabody’s Jaylen Coleman scored from seven yards out in the first quarter. Also, Donte Forte hooked up with Jamaal Know for an 18-yard score in the second quarter.Langley 30, Westinghouse 8The Westinghouse Bulldogs hung in there and were only losing 14-8 at halftime. But an offensive explosion from Langley in the second half prevented them from picking up their first win of the season. Jaquan Green led Langley by completing 10 of 18 passes for 179 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Westinghouse’s Charles “Truck” Williams scored the Bulldogs only touchdown.Brashear 25, Carrick 12Despite a nice individual showing from Carrick’s Henry Myers, Brashear was able to pick up the win. He finished 14 for 22 passing for 239 yards with two touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Adam Lynch led Brashear with four of eight passing for 142 yards and two touchdowns.last_img read more