Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in its latest ranking, "World Press Freedom Index," put Turkey in 149th position. In 2005 it was 98th. According to RSF, civil society and the world of associationism are the two important elements struggling in Turkey to try to defend press freedom.
The Turkish Supreme Court sentenced human rights activist Pinar Selek, honored as Righteous at the Garden of Milan and in exile for some time, to life in prison. "The Selek case represents almost perfectly how the legal system in Turkey has shrunk and how widespread the possibility of creating political trials is," writes Murat Cinar.
Osman Kavala was sentenced to life in prison last April on charges of "attempting to change the constitutional order and overthrow the government." His case has become international and there are several initiatives in favor of his release. After the political games in Ankara, the question that arises is this in fact. How did such a thing happen? Why specifically to Kavala?
On 16th March 1988, some 5,000 individuals, mostly children, women and elderly people, lost their lives in a chemical weapons attack launched by planes and helicopters of the Ba’athist Iraqi regime led by Saddam Hussein; according to UN reports, between 7,000 and 10,000 people were injured. It was Turkish photographer Ramazan Öztürk who announced the massacre to the world.