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 Kurdish Azadiya Welat Newspaper Writer Kılıç Arrested in Turkey

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Kurdish Azadiya Welat Newspaper Writer Kılıç Arrested in Turkey  8.4.2011  

April 8, 2011

BATMAN, The Kurdish region of Turkey, — Kurdish Journalist Deniz Kılıç from the Kurdish Azadiya Welat newspaper was sentenced to more than two years in prison for his statements made on Roj TV. He had already served ten months in prison. Now he was arrested again to serve the remaining sentence.

Journalist Deniz Kilic was arrested on 5 April after his conviction on the grounds of his statements regarding the campaign "Öcalan is my political power" voiced on the Kurdish television channel Roj TV. Kılıç is the representative in Batman (Turkey Kurdistan) of the Kurdish daily Azadiya Welat. The campaign referred to Abdullah Öcalan, imprisoned leader of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Kılıç was previously arrested and released pending trial in the scope of the case heard before the Diyarbakir 4th High Criminal Court. He was eventually sentenced to imprisonment of two years and one month. Thereupon,
www.ekurd.nethe was taken into custody at his home in the Bahçelievler district of Batman and taken to the Batman M Type Prison.

Çelik: The aim is to intimidate journalists      

Kurdish Azadiya Welat newspaper.

Kılıç was previously kept in prison for the duration of ten months. It was said that the journalist would remain in prison for another eight months now according to the Criminal Enforcement Law. The Batman Mesopotamia Association of Journalists and Publishers condemned the incident. "The decision given in Kılıç's case is a blow on press freedom and aims to intimidate journalists", the association criticized.

M. Kemal Çelik released a statement on behalf of the association. He reminded Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's saying that "In Turkey, nobody is behind bars because of his/her journalistic activities". Çelik emphasized that Kılıç was arrested on 5 April "only because of his journalistic activities". Çelik demanded Kılıç's release.

Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

Jailed Kurdish leader Abdulla Ocalan, is the founder of the outlawed Turkey Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Ocalan has a high symbolic value for most Kurds in Turkey.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK president, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

PKK demanded to stop military and political operations and to release Kurdish politicians who are unjustly detained. The organization also requested to enable imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan's active participation in the process.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list.    

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