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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.
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.”
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.
Turkey counts over 122 thousand associations and more than 5 thousand foundations, which constitute the so-called 'third sector', employing an estimated 60 thousand salaried employees; however, only 20 NGOs have a Human Resources (HR) department. Funding constraints and the failure to grasp the importance of HR policies constitute obstacles before the rights and career prospects of NGO employees.
Although the European Court of Human Rights has ordered his immediate release, former HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş has been behind bars for nearly five years now. Last week, the Council of Europe warned Turkey for not abiding by ECHR rulings. How did things get here?
"With its 'complex and resilient social structure', Turkey requires a new 'narrative' for the future." Prof. Atila Eralp has published a policy brief on the discussions around "the Future of Europe" which have gained momentum in the current turbulent period, with a special focus on civil society.
‘Unless We Uphold the Individual as an Inviolable, the State will Transform all Governments into Its Own Shadow’
Journalist and author Gökçer Tahincioğlu emphasizes that the sanctification of the state and the culture of impunity are the real reasons why there is no real fight against the "deep state" and mafia networks, adding, "Unless we start upholding individuals as sacrosanct, the state will transform all governments into its own shadow. That is why we keep hearing the same words over and over again. Only the will to solve problems and the society's support can bring about true democracy.”
What constitutes an offense can be defined and re-defined as needed, right? Times and perceptions change, so does the law, hence rights and freedoms, too. I mean like the right to freedom of expression and press?!