Gülen case: newspaper editor freed, media executive jailed

first_img Ekrem Dumanli, the editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper Zaman, was released conditionally today after being questioned by a prosecutor. He had been held since a series of raids against supporters of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen on 14 December. He is banned from leaving the country.His newspaper said the prosecutor interrogated him about his links with Gülen, Gülen’s role in the newspaper’s editorial policies, and several articles and op-ed pieces published in recent years.Samanyolu media group chief Hidayet Karaca and three former police officials have been jailed. Karaca refused to answer questions put to him by judicial officials on the grounds that he regarded them as lacking in impartiality. Reporters Without Borders calls for his immediate release and due process for all the media personnel who have been charged.Both Dumanli and Karaca are accused of belonging to an illegal organization that is allegedly guilty of defamation and “arbitrary denial of freedom.” Zaman said the defence lawyers are being prevented from working properly and, in particular, are being denied full access to prosecution case files.Journalists Ahmet Sahin and Fahri Sarrafoglu were previously granted provisional releases – Sahin on 15 December and Sarrafoglu on 16 December. Bugün journalist Nuh Gönültas, who returned to Turkey on 17 December, said on his Twitter account that he had neither been on the run nor in the United States, as some media reported, but had been in Russia covering the financial crisis.“I am finally in Turkey,” he said. “Tomorrow morning I will report to the prosecutor to ask him what happened and to answer his questions.” Gönültas did indeed report to the prosecutor today and was released.The mysterious “Fuat Avni” Twitter account, which had reported in advance that raids against Gülen supporters were imminent, has now said there will be another police operation on 25 December.—————–15.12.2014 – Raids on media linked to Gülen movement In a major operation against supporters of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s new Public Enemy No. 1, police raided the headquarters of the newspaper Zaman and Samanyolu TV yesterday in Istanbul and arrested around 30 people nationwide, including at least three journalists and media executives.News organizations linked to the Gülen Movement had been expecting police raids for months and, after a year of growing harassment, they finally materialized.At total of 31 suspects named by Judge Islam Ciçek were arrested by anti-terrorist police in 13 provinces. They included Ekrem Dumanli, the publisher of Zaman, Turkey’s biggest selling daily, Hidayet Karaca, the head of the Samanyolu media group, and journalist and writer Fahri Sarrafoglu.They also included the scriptwriters and producers of Samanyolu TV series and former senior members of the anti-terrorist police. Hüseyin Gülerce, a Zaman journalist, was released after being questioned. Nuh Gönültas, a Bugün journalist who is on the list of suspects that prosecutor Hadi Salioglu gave to the media, was said to be on the run.Those arrested are accused of defamation and falsifying documents. They are also suspected of having “acted on behalf of an organized group aiming to seize control of the Turkish Republic’s state.” Judge Ciçek’s warrants are based on the concept of “reasonable suspicion,” which was incorporated into Turkish law by a recent reform that was widely criticized for being vague and easily abused.“We condemn this latest escalation in the suppression of media critics and call for the immediate release of the journalists taken into police custody,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“These arrests cap a year of growing pressure on media that support the Gülen Movement. They also show that the corruption allegations against many government figures that erupted a year ago are now the leading taboo for the media in Turkey. Everyone who covers this story is now threatened.”Bihr added: “We also note that the authorities are continuing to use the methods they developed in recent years for use against the Kurdish, far-left or ultra-nationalist press.”According to the semi-official Anatolia news agency, some of the detainees are alleged to have fabricated evidence against “Tahsiyeciler,” a small, allegedly Islamist group that was investigated in 2009. Zaman and Samayolu TV covered this investigation, while “Sungurlar” and “Tek Türkiye” – two popular TV series about Turkey’s anti-terrorist units – portrayed a similar fictional investigation.Arrested on camera inside Zaman, Ekrem Dumanli said the sole aim of the operation was to intimidate the Gülen Movement.“Only those who break the law have anything to fear,” he said. “I have flown in the prime minister’s plane dozens of times. How can I be accused of wanting to take over the state? (…) This operation is a blow to democracy and media freedom.”Hundreds of sympathizers gathered outside the headquarters of Zaman and Samanyolu TV in response to messages on an influential Twitter account, “Fuat Avni,” which began reporting on 11 December that the raids were being prepared.The Association of Turkish Journalists (TGC), the Turkish Union of Journalists (TGS), the Press Council, the Turkish Federation of Journalists (TGF) and Freedom for Journalists (GÖP) all condemned the raids as an unacceptable assault on democracy and the public’s right to be informed.Almost exactly one year ago, on 17 and 25 December 2013, dozens of leading figures were arrested in a major corruption investigation. Those detained for questioning included the sons of three ministers, the CEO of a state bank and a construction magnate.The government reacted angrily to what is regarded as a plot by its former political allies in the Gülen movement, an influential religious network with many members within the police and justice system. Hundreds of police officers, inspectors, judges and prosecutors were fired during the following months, with the result that the investigation into one of the main aspects of the case was closed in October.The authorities have repeatedly obstructed media coverage of the case as it continued to dominate the public debate during the past year. Journalists have been fired, critical websites have been blocked and the intelligence services have been given broad powers to spy on the population. At least 15 journalists of all political tendencies – pro-Gülen, republican, left-wing and nationalist – have received judicial summonses in the past month in connection with their coverage of the corruption scandal and, since late November, there has been a complete ban on media and online references to a parliamentary investigation into the allegations.Turkey is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. 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Limerick family’s joy as Darcy found safe and sound

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick family’s joy as Darcy found safe and soundBy Editor – June 10, 2013 753 Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Advertisement Sadia Coptu and her brother Adeel with Darcy.A VERY special four-legged friend has been reunited with the Limerick family whose lives have been changed by his arrival in their home.Darcy, a two-year old black labrador who is an Autism assistance dog, went missing last week and was the focus of a huge search campaign to get him back to his heartbroken owner, nine-year old Sadia Coptu.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mallow-based charity Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland launched a social media campaign to locate him.Clare dog warden and ISPCA welfare officer, Frankie Coote rescued the dog from a derelict building, where he had gotten in but could not  get out again.“Everyone was involved – taxi drivers, gardai, the public. I kept my phone on all night. I would always try very hard to find any dog that is reported missing but everyone helped and pushed even harder because this dog was owned by a child with special needs”.Darcy went missing in Ennis last week when the family stopped at a garage for a coffee. “There was a very loud noise and he just bolted. He was on the lead but got such a fright he just took off,” Frankie explained.Sadia’s mother, Miriam said the Dooradoyle family were delighted that Darcy had been found safe.“The changes that we have seen with Sadia since the dog arrived have been very important for us. Before, going to the beach or just going for a walk was hell because Sadia has no sense of danger – she would just run off or run on to the road. Now she sticks closely to the dog.“She has become very attached to him. We give Darcy commands and she follows him. It means we can do things as a family”, Miriam said. First Irish death from Coronavirus Email WhatsApp Facebook No vaccines in Limerick yet Previous articleA tasty Limerick dish for Celebrity MasterchefNext articleFoul play ruled out after grandmother’s body found Editor center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Print Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended TAGSautism assistance dogDarcyfeaturedFrankie Cootefull-imageSadia Coptu Twitter Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

Deutsche Bank surveys loyalty

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Financialservices giant Deutsche Bank has found a way to measure the commitment of itsstaff in order to retain them in a highly competitive labour market. DrSilvia Steffens-Duch, head of its corporate HR marketing and research, tolddelegates at the HR Summit that the company now asks staff how committed theyare, rather than just how satisfied they are with the bank. Shesaid, “Commitment among employees is one of the distinctive features betweensuccessful and less successful companies. “Thechanging labour markets, including the increasing significance of human capital,higher employee expectations and difficulty in managing and retainingemployees, raise the significance of commitment among staff.”TheHR research department asked just over 3,500 banking staff in differentdivisions in six countries for their views. Nine questions were asked,including their response to the statement, “I expect to be working for DeutscheBank in two years’ time”.ASpanish subsidiary of Deutsche Bank scored the highest in the company’s HR-ledproject. As a result the rest of the company is learning from the Spanish groupas to why its employees were the most committed in the whole company.Theresearch results set out steps that the company can take to encourage staff tostay. Itfound that employee turnover can be cut by emphasising the global business,highlighting the interesting customer base and managing the volume of work sostaff do not burn out.“Employeeturnover cannot be reduced through higher wages, more responsibility or bettermanagement,” Steffens-Duch said.CatrionaMarchant reports from HR Summit 2001 – Human Resources Solutions for Europe,held in Montreux, Switzerland, 18-20 February 2001, organised by marcusevansevents Deutsche Bank surveys loyaltyOn 27 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

ICYMI: WBNG’s Morning Round-up (August 7)

first_img(WBNG) — Here are the top stories from this morning including information about an early-morning shooting police are investigating in Conklin, a new lawsuit filed against the City of Binghamton and the Binghamton Police Department and much more. Click here for information on the shooting investigation in Conklin. For more information about the lawsuit NY Attorney General Letitia James has filed against the NRA click here.last_img

“Cheating against Mary Kom; Conspiracy against India”: Sushil Kumar

first_imgLast Updated: 12th October, 2019 20:54 IST “Cheating Against Mary Kom; Conspiracy Against India”: Sushil Kumar India’s two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has made strong allegations of “cheating and conspiracy” done against legendary boxer MC Mary Kom and India READ | Dutee Chand breaks her own national record on her way to goldREAD | F1: Japanese GP could be postponed as Typhoon Hagibis looms large Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED SUBSCRIBE TO US Session ID: 2020-09-09:61ab54dc51bb3327f7b82e21 Player Element ID: video_player_5f5763233221b OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Recalling earlier instances, Sushil said in the wrestling and boxing these things keep on happening against India and must stop. “We have seen it earlier as well. It happened with top wrestlers and boxers in the past. I appeal to the World bodies to review this decision and earlier decisions.”READ | Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju calls for a ‘sports culture’ in IndiaREAD | Mary Kom controversially loses WC semi, still bags record 8th medalMary Kom clinches record 8th medalMary Kom still became the most decorated and successful boxer (men/women) in the history of World Championship when she lost the semi-finals and clinched the bronze, though the result was anything but controversial. In a split verdict, Mary lost 1-4 to Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey in the semi-finals to clinch the bronze. Despite landing in more and clean punches, the judges differed in their opinion and finally, 1:4 decision was given in favour of her Turkish opponent. Mary Kom still made an appointment with the history and rewrote it by clinching 8th World Championship medal. The Manipuri legend had targeted an unprecedented eighth final gold overall. WATCH US LIVE Written By India’s two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has made strong allegations that legendary boxer MC Mary Kom was a victim of ‘cheating and conspiracy’ saying, “an intentional wrong decision was given by the referees against her” in the 51 kg semi-final of the World Boxing Championship today.center_img India had raised a Yellow Card but as per AIBA’s instruction in a Team meeting this morning; it was informed that protests will be granted only if scores read 3:2/3:1. Our appeal to protest was hence turned down and the Yellow Card was not accepted by the technical committee. The result will stand the same; Mary Kom ends her campaign in the 2019 edition with a Bronze medal. First Published: 12th October, 2019 13:38 IST COMMENT LIVE TV “Its a clear cut cheating against her and a conspiracy against India. I have seen the video. The whole world has seen it. You can see more punches. You can also see more clear punches hit by her,” Sushil Kumar told Republic TV in an exclusive interview from Delhi’s Chhatrashal Stadium today.”It has become a norm these days. The marginal points always go against India and in this case it it was a one sided show. Mary Kom had dominated the bout. Its a clear cut conspiracy to prevent her from getting a 7th World title,” Sushil added. Suman Ray FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Ensure Employment Agencies are Legitimate – Kellier

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, is advising Jamaicans seeking jobs overseas through private employment agencies to first contact the Ministry to verify their legitimacy. “Members of the public are being strongly reminded to verify the authenticity or legitimacy of employment agencies, prior to making any commitments or sending payments through any remittance services,” Minister Kellier said on Wednesday (January 2), as he addressed the first cohort of workers to depart for Canada under the Overseas Employment Programme. [RELATED: 172 Workers Leave for Canada] He noted that all employment agencies are governed by the Ministry and are issued with licences that should be publicly displayed at all times. The Minister informed that in the past, there have been complaints about employment agencies and “we don’t want (in) 2013 for any of those to be repeated”. “We want to run a very clean and strict programme. When persons pass on their funds to employment agencies, we want to make sure that no one is fleeced and when you turn up there is no employer, or no one to meet you at the airport,” Mr. Kellier stated. In the meantime, the Minister urged persons, who want to participate in the Overseas Employment Programme to check with the media regularly for information on recruitment.last_img read more

SCFs IPO Waiting for Better Days

first_imgzoomImage by WMN Uncertain market conditions coupled with international sanctions against Russia have delayed yet again the planned initial public offering (IPO) of the country’s largest shipping company Sovcomflot, Reuters reported citing the company’s CEO Sergei Frank.Hence, the company plans to wait out until the shipping market recovers in full in order to list its shares. As explained by Frank, despite signs of market rebound in the fourth quarter of last year, this is far from the historical average the company is waiting for.Russia owns 100% stake in the company and is seeking to sell 25% stake targeting around 24 billion rubles (USD 358 million). Earlier reports suggested that the preferred investors would be small-scale rather than a strategic buyer as Moscow would like to keep control of the company’s management.The privatization process, aimed at collecting fresh funds for the company, have been faced with several delays over the past few years.Sovcomflot managed to return to the black in the third quarter ended September 30, 2018, amid signs of a better balance in the tanker market.Namely, the company reported a net profit of USD 0.3 million for the period, against a loss of USD 22 million seen in the same quarter a year earlier.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more