Zaman Trial: Heavy prison sentences for six Turkish journalists

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Turkey Six former columnists from Zaman, a now-closed Turkish newspaper, were sentenced on 6 July to prison terms as high as 10 and a half years. Five others were acquitted. Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which attended the sentencing hearing, condemns the outcome as a political verdict that followed a Kafkaesque trial. News RSF_en RSF_EECA News News to go further April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more July 6, 2018 Zaman Trial: Heavy prison sentences for six Turkish journalists Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Help by sharing this information Organisation Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News The verdict was handed down in Istanbul following a 10-month trial. Six former columnists for Zaman were sentenced to heavy prison terms for “membership in a terrorist organization.” The sentences for Şahin Alpay, Ali Bulaç and Ahmet Turan Alkan were eight years and nine months; Ibrahim Karayeğen got nine years; and Mustafa Ünal and Mümtazer Türköne were sentenced to 10 and a half years. Their colleagues İhsan Daği, Lale Kemal, Mehmet Özemir, Nuriye Ural and Orhan Kemal Cengiz, however, were pronounced not guilty. All of the defendants were acquitted on the charge of “attempting to overthrow of the government,” for which they could have faced life in prison.“This verdict gives an official blessing, once more, to the criminalization of journalism in Turkey,” said RSF representative Erol Önderoğlu, who attended the hearing. “Throughout this Kafkaesque trial, criticizing the government and covering events of public interest have been treated as a form of terrorism. Who will repair the harm done to those who have spent long months in preliminary detention? We demand acquittal on appeal for all the defendants and an end to these political trials.”Despite their convictions, Ahmet Turan Alkan and Ibrahim Karayeğen were to be freed on probation while awaiting an appeal decision. But Mustafa Ünal and Mümtazer Türköne remain in prison. Along with Erol Önderoğlu, representatives of the German consulate, of the European Union delegation in Turkey and of many NGOs, including Article 19, P24, the Media and Law Studies Association and Human Rights Watch, attended the hearing.The charges against the columnists stem essentially from their work for Zaman, the country’s highest-circulation daily before it was placed under state control, and then shuttered by decree in 2016. Its editorial policy had favoured the Gülen movement, a former government ally that was then accused of having orchestrated the coup attempt of July 2016. That was enough to accuse anyone who worked for Zaman of “membership in a terrorist organization” or of “attempting to overthrow the government and constitutional order.” These charges were filed without slightest evidence of individual participation in violent acts or attempts to justify them. In the logic of the charges, if the columnists covered scandals in which the government was implicated, or criticized its drift toward authoritarianism, the goal was to create a “perception” favouring a coup.Initially tried alongside 20 other former Zaman employees, the 11 columnists had their cases separated in April 2017. Several of them were then slowly released after long periods of preliminary detention. On an appeal from Şahin Alpay, the Constitutional Court ruled in January that preliminary detention of the 73-year-old journalist violated his rights. He was freed from prison only two months later. After another two months, he was freed from house arrest.Turkey is ranked 157th of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. An already very worrisome situation for the media has become critical under the state of emergency declared in the wake of the coup attempt of 2016. Some 150 media organizations have been closed, mass trials were held and the country holds the world record for imprisoned journalists. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Receive email alertslast_img read more

Snap’s Partner Summit to Take Place Virtually on May 20, 2021

first_img Pinterest Snap’s Partner Summit to Take Place Virtually on May 20, 2021 WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Facebook SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) announced today that it will stream its Snap Partner Summit on May 20, 2021. The virtual event will feature a keynote address by Snap Inc. co-founders Evan Spiegel, Chief Executive Officer, and Bobby Murphy, Chief Technology Officer, as well as other leaders from across the company. New products, features, and partnerships will be announced around Snap’s augmented reality offerings, and platforms for creators and developers. “We’re excited to celebrate the many ways that our partners have utilized our innovative platforms to grow their businesses on Snapchat and we can’t wait to share more about what we will create together in the future,” said Evan Spiegel. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. Pacific Time and the keynote will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. The webcast will be available at snappartnersummit.com and a replay of the keynote presentation will be accessible on Snap Inc.’s Investor Relations website for at least 90 days at: investor.snap.com and Snapchat’s YouTube channel. About Snap Inc. Snap Inc. is a camera company. We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. We contribute to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. For more information, visit snap.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005032/en/ CONTACT: Investors and Analysts: [email protected]: [email protected] KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY SOCIAL MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHY BLOGGING SOURCE: Snap Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/22/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 02/22/2021 09:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005032/en Facebook TAGS  center_img Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Local NewsBusiness Previous articleIn Israel and beyond, virus vaccines bring political powerNext articleJuniper Research: Smart Traffic Management to Significantly Reduce Congestion and Emissions; Saving Cities $277 Billion by 2025 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Lending Perspectives: When will alternative data fulfill its promise?

first_img continue reading » Any way to increase lending to 30 to 50 million consumers with limited or no credit will get the industry’s attention.As a result, there’s a lot of chatter in the industry about the potential value of alternative data for making lending decisions and finding ways to expand the credit box. Companies like LexisNexis, Factor Trust and even the mainstream credit bureaus have databases of alternative data that includes payments for rent, utilities and payday loans. Cell phone, email and device information also can assist in the verification of applicant identities.Yet my credit union has looked into alternative data and frankly, “It’s got a long way to go, baby.” There are significant challenges to collecting rent data. For example, the cost and burden of reporting data on smaller complexes will certainly exceed the value to landlords of doing so. The integrity of the data may also come into question—how well would the information provided accurately reflect how people have paid their rent? We have seen an amazing increase in the amount of credit disputes in the last decade as it’s been the easy way to remove derogatory information from a (persistent) consumer’s credit bureau. All one has to do is repeatedly dispute negative information and wait for the lender to respond within 30 days. If the lender doesn’t respond in that window, the negative information is removed.Another concern about the possibility of using alternative credit data is whether there truly will be increased lending to the underserved. For every consumer that pays rent well and has little credit, will there be another with a similar traditional credit file that is harmed even more by his or her history of utility, cell phone and rent payments? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more