Receive email alerts August 6, 2019 Censorship catching up with Bianet, RSF’s partner in Turkey Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Council of EuropeInternetJudicial harassment News RSF_en News to go further Follow the news on Turkey Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Organisation Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) unreservedly condemns the persecution of its Turkish partner, the news and information website Bianet, which is about to be blocked. The Turkish authorities must rescind this arbitrary and draconian decision at once, RSF said.Censorship seems to have finally caught up with this leading source of information about human right violations in Turkey, as its blocking is reportedly imminent under a three-week-old court decision that RSF learned about today.Bianet’s Turkish-language version is one of the several dozen websites and social network accounts that are to be blocked under an order issued by a “peace judge” in Ankara on 16 July. The order says they “threaten national security” but provides no explanation and cites no content, simply mentioning a police investigation. Other media outlets, including the left-wing news agency ETHA, are among those targeted.“Describing Bianet as a threat to national security is the height of absurdity,” said Erol Önderoğlu, RSF’s representative in Turkey. “Ever since its creation, this site has promoted peace journalism. We strongly condemn this latest act of arbitrary censorship, which contradicts promises recently made at the highest level, and we urge the authorities to rescind this draconian decision without delay.”President Erdoğan said at the end of May that, under a series of reforms that had just been submitted to parliament, it would no longer be possible to block an entire website because of a single item.Bianet has been a trailblazer in human rights journalism ever since its creation in 1997, specializing in the most sensitive subjects, including Kurdish issues, freedom of expression, violence against women and LGBTI rights. Its publications include quarterly reports by RSF’s Önderoğlu on persecution of the media in Turkey. And it has developed a training centre to promote the best journalistic practices throughout the country.Turkey’s “peace judges”, created in 2014 as part of the government’s efforts to rein in the judiciary, have been criticized by the Council of Europe for issuing poorly supported decisions against which the possibilities of recourse are limited.Bianet has successfully appealed twice to Turkey’s constitutional court against the blocking of individual articles, obtaining favourable rulings in December 2018 and April 2019. But this time it is the entire site that is being blocked – all of the approximately 200,000 articles that have been posted in the past 22 years.The already worrying situation of Turkey’s media has become critical since an abortive coup in July 2016. Many media outlets have been closed summarily, without any effective form of recourse, mass trials are being held and Turkey holds the world record for the number of professional journalists in prison. It is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Council of EuropeInternetJudicial harassment April 2, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more
This coming Thursday, June 7th, 2018, the late, great Purple One himself, Prince, would have celebrated his 60th birthday. Now, a group of Prince fans in his native Minnesota is planning a three-day event to celebrate the tragically departed music legend’s birthday and to officially dedicate a mural and other new memorials.The three-day Prince birthday event is set to begin on Thursday in Henderson, MN, where various scenes from Prince’s iconic 1984 movie, Purple Rain, were filmed. Henderson resident Joel King is spearheading the celebration along with fellow fans from Maryland, New York, and elsewhere in Minnesota. King, in particular, has a personal connection to Prince and his legacy, having worked as a camera operator on Prince’s last film, Graffiti Bridge, and on some of Prince’s music videos.He also frequently works as a volunteer to show the many Prince-related sights in Henderson to visiting fans. As one of the event’s organizers, Cinzia Inzinna of Rochester, New York, explains to the Mankato Free Press, she initially visited Henderson with the intention of finding “places off the beaten path that were connected to Prince.” She found the “hidden gem” of a town and was particularly blown away by King’s enthusiasm. “You instantly feel the love he has for Prince,” Inzinna says of King.The free three-day Prince birthday gathering will feature Purple Rain location bus tours, a screening of Purple Rain, meet-and-greets with Prince’s family, dedications for a beautiful engraved stone memorial bench, and live music from over a dozen local acts. Portrait artist Moises Suriel has come from New York to paint a mural depicting Prince leaning on a “little red Corvette”on the wall of a downtown Henderson business. The town will also dedicate an honorary “Purple Rain Road,” complete with an official street sign. A stone bench and sign celebrating Prince have been placed nearby and also will be dedicated during the celebration. For a full itinerary of events, head here.The Prince Estate recently announced an upcoming symphony tribute project curated by Questlove, dubbed 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince, which will tour throughout September and October of this year.[H/T Rolling Stone]
On Monday, Trey Anastasio Band announced a two-night run at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl, set to take place on Sunday, April 28th and Monday, April 29th. The Brooklyn performances are the most recent in a gradual rollout of Trey Anastasio Band spring and summer dates over the last several weeks.TAB will return to the stage with a special performance at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on April 26th, following the premiere of Anastasio’s new Between Me & My Mind documentary. After the newly announced Brooklyn Bowl dates, the band will continue with performances in New Haven (4/27), St.Petersburg (5/28), St. Augustine (5/29), Atlanta (5/31 & 6/1), along with two, two-night Colorado runs in Denver and Vail this summer. Trey Anastasio Band also has current festival performances set for The Peach Music Festival, LOCKN’, and Bourbon & Beyond.A fan pre-sale is currently underway and ends Tuesday, April 16th at 12 p.m. (EST) here. Order status notifications will be sent by Wednesday, April 17th. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 19th.For a full list of Trey Anastasio’s upcoming side project tour dates, head here.