Journalist Bulent Kilic’s hissing words “I can’t breathe” pressed on the ground, under police knees, blood-chillingly resonates with final words of slain journalist Khashoggi. Luckily award-winning journalist Kilic is very much alive but very angry.
The vegan picnic that was intended to be held in Maçka Park as part of LGBTi+ Pride Week events was prevented by the police intervention. What happened is completely against the law, lawyer and activist Levent Pişkin said. “The bans against the LGBTI+ community are the outcrop of a hate policy that has been increasing in dose since 2015.”
CHP Congresswoman Aylin Yaman with whom we’ve talked about civil society and politics relations, points out that the importance of social policies has increased during the pandemic process. Thinking that the city council model should be transferred to public institutions in order to establish an effective dialogue and collaboration between the public and civil society, Yaman says that civil society has great duties about the formation of a good governance system.
Democracy and Progress Party (Deva) Vice Chairperson Mehmet Emin Ekmen to whom we spoke about civil society and politics relationships, says that it would only possible for politics to get out of the crisis, would be by involving of civil society in the process.
The general director of Istanbul Political Research Institute (IstanPol) Seren Selvin Korkmaz, made an observation that the civic space has turned into ‘echo chambers’ and says: “However, what we call the civil space should be an inclusive and expansive area both on the basis of advocacy and policy making.”
We’ve talked with economist Enes Özkan, one of the founders of Daktilo 1984, about the establishment story of daktilo1984.com as well as its publishing policies and about pluralism in the civil field. Özkan says: “As Daktilo1984, we turn academic knowledge into a more easily consumable version and present it that way. Besides, we produce content that is far above the average of a standard newspaper report.”
The families of the miners killed in the mine disaster have demanded "justice" at every hearing, braving rain, mud and heat. Unaware that their fathers had died in the mine, children have grown up in courthouse corridors. They all had but a single demand: that the judges do not turn their back on the phrase, "Justice is the foundation of the state", written in large letters on the wall right behind them. This demand was not met!
Attorney Ebru Timtik had gone on a death fast in prison for the right to a fair trial and lost her life. Now, her birthday has been declared as the International Fair Trial Day: The award of this first year went to Ebru Timtik herself.
Even though there are stronger hopes for an end to the pandemic, musicians remain worried as only meager measures were taken to support the music industry. Completely ignored during the pandemic, musicians complain that their profession is not even perceived as a 'real job'.