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Turkey Jails More Journalists Than Any Other Country, Report Says

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With 49 journalists imprisoned for their work, according to CPJ's annual worldwide prison census, released today, Turkey holds more individuals behind bars than Iran (45), China (32), or Eritrea (28). This number is down from 61.

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Ben O (170)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 7:01 am
What a shame! -Reporters Without Borders - For Freedom of Information:

pam w (139)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 7:19 am
As Turkey moves farther away from the ideals and vision of Ataturk, "tolerance" for freedoms of speech, press and personal expression disappear.


Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 7:28 am
It is a pity really, Israel and Turkey used to be on friendly terms and we would vacation there. Now because of extreme Islam all this is finished.

Carola May (20)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 7:37 am
Turkey is becoming more Orthodox Islamic and what freedoms they have are in danger.

Pam, Unfortunately, you have the accepted the propaganda version of Ataturk that the Turks themselves have put out for many years, but he was one of the biggest mass murderers of the 20th century.

In the early 1900s Ataturk said he wanted to cleanse (the actual word he used) once-Christian 'Turkey' (the old Byzantine Empire, settled by Greeks for 8000 years) of all Christians and he and the 'Young Turks' set about their systematic genocide (that was the first time that word was used).

At Ataturk's orders as many as 3 million Christians (Armenian, Assyrian & Greek) were ethnically cleansed from their ancient homeland and slaughtered or starved to death. Few remain today, and those few live in constant fear with restricted rights.

Right now Turkey is still destroying what remains of the 3000 Christian churches/convents/monasteries that existed before the genocide (which Turkey still refuses to accept responsibility for), and they are trying to drive the last monks out of an ancient monastery almost 1700 years old in the eastern part of the country.

The myth of a tolerant Turkey is without any historical proofs. Read the book "Paradise Lost" by Giles Milton for more on this genocide and the horrific massacre of Christians on the Quay of ancient Smyrna as the Turks burned the Christian part of that city while US and other Western ships sat in the bay and let it happen (they didn't want to 'offend' Turkey and lose their trade - sound familiar?) (Also good is "From the Holy Mountain" by Wm. Dalrymple)

Teresa W (782)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 7:40 am

Gillian M (218)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 8:09 am
Turkey always had issues with human rights but now they are joining the other Muslim countries in trying to cover it up. It's OK Turkey, the UN supports your abuses as the panel is full of countries known for it. Any country who tries to combat it is treated as a pariah!

Patricia Martin (19)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 8:17 am
Turkey's just going to get worse. This Islamist government is suppressing the rights of children, women and non-Muslims.

Thursday December 13, 2012, 10:00 am
Uncle Sam's big ally where US firms like Ford and Johnson & Johnson are falling over each other in the rush to invest and build plants. Good old Barrack wants to supply more arms to this country including Patriot missiles. Oh yes, the same democratic believers in freedom that Left Wing Eurocrats would like to see joining the EU!

Paula M (39)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 10:48 am
How shameful. Thanks for posting this article.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 1:23 pm
How sad this is!!! The world will soon be coming to an end at this rate....nobody is safe anyplace..thanks to the great religion of peace called Islam!! They teach their young to murder as soon as they can walk! The worst part about it all is their demand for everyone not to offend them is heeded by everyone which gives them MORE power to murder, insult, abuse, bully and the list goes on! It has to stop!!!!

Jennifer Ward (40)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 3:04 pm
Religion trumps democracy and freedom of speech again. Wake up folks before every country becomes Turkey their constitution did not save their rights. It could happen in the West while we keep ignoring the signs and infiltration.

Stan B (123)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 6:11 pm
Another sad development from the rise of Islam in Turkey. Ataturk must be turning in his grave.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Friday December 14, 2012, 1:31 am
In the past Turkey has not been a country to be relied on. Their state of affairs was always mercurial...not to be trusted. I don't think this leopard has changed its spots.

Yvette S (35)
Friday December 14, 2012, 2:14 am
Shameful and horrible!!!!

Melania Padilla (122)
Friday December 14, 2012, 1:46 pm
No surprises here.....

Nancy Black (308)
Friday December 14, 2012, 4:15 pm
Noted, tweeted, tweeted, shared. Turkey should be ashamed; they are certainly telling the world they are opposed to freedom, and they are scared of the truth.

louise Woychesko (1)
Friday December 14, 2012, 6:21 pm
Noted. Isn't Turkey a member of the U.N.?

Hartson Doak (39)
Friday December 14, 2012, 6:34 pm
Islamist are destroying the Faith of Allah, as taught by Mohamed. Just as the Christians have destroyed the loving Faith of God(Allah) as taught by Christ.

Vlasta M (7)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 7:08 am
Faith of Allah taught by Mohamed is TRUE reason for wars and terrorism around the world. 65% of Koran are nasty statements against Kafir (derogatory name for non-Muslims), women and condoning pedophilia, polygamy, and murder for Allahu Akbar.

Mohamed was a pedophile, polygamist, rapist and murderer who in any decent society would be treated as a criminal he was rather then admired by some 1.6 billions of Muslims. Islam is INCOMPATIBLE with either US Constitution or with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and unless it REFORMS should be treated as other supremacist ideologies, Nazism and Marxism.

Devon Leonar (54)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 11:18 am
I would be interested in seeing a post listing the # of journalists jailed, and for how long, and why, in let's say a 100 countries...Freedom of speech is so very very important.... Now I hear some countries are trying to restrict internet freedom... It's awful.
I feel very concerned about us installing these weapons and manpower, however small, in Turkey along it's border with Syria.... If anything we, the World that is, need true Peacemakers in order to survive our barbaric natures that appear to be pushing the envelope of safety and sanity.....
Peace needs to be our mantra............ There IS always a solution. The mind may not see it. The heart always does. It's arrived at by taking the high road...the way less traveled...the path of heart.
We are all in this together...and we need to work things out !! Lets all grow up and treat others how we want to be treated. Become real Human Beings......... Keep passing that on !!

Devon Leonar (54)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 11:21 am
CPJ is a great website...thanks Rob and J for posting this story.....

berny p (23)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 3:18 pm

Turkey is becoming more Orthodox Islamic and what freedoms they have are in danger.

Jay S (116)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 11:55 pm
Hartson Doak, as our answer to your ill-informed comment has been removed by Care2 we want to say again that the Islamists who do violent jihad to force the world to submit to Islam and its deity allah, ARE doing exactly what Mohammed taught. You obviously haven't read the qur'an, hadith and sirah as we have. They unashamedly preach hate and violence against all non-Muslims.

Mohammed lived a life of debauchery, mass murder, pedophilia, rape, ownership of sex slaves, banditry, lying, torture and his god allah smiled on it all.

Jesus taught love, nonviolence, tolerance and lived a blameless and godly life. He lived and taught the exact opposite of Mohammed (as Islam's own trilogy of texts proudly tell).

BTW Allah is NOT the god of the Jews/Christians. Allah is the name of the old chief pagan god of the Arab pagan pantheon. He was the moon god and the people long before Mohammed shouted 'allahu akbar' - Allah is greater - greater than all the other Arab gods.

Allah is the 4th name Mohammed used for his new religion's deity when he finally reached agreement with the pagans. He also kept much of the pagan religion's rituals like the Ka'aba, making the hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca, the lunar month of fasting (originally in honor of the moon god Allah). You'll note that the symbols of Islam are still the crescent moon and star - the symbols of the old pagan religion's gods.

John J (0)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 4:29 am
@ Rob and Jay B
Commenting on Hartson Doaks remarks are a waste of time, the person is suffering from delusions and obviously knows zilch about either Christianity or Islam,this is the problem with care2 and it is unfortunate that "No Nothings" are given equal status with knowledgeable people like yourselves .
It is really a case of pearls before swine and they are best ignored.
Comments like "Hartson Doaks" stem from a donkey and the hole in the ground mentality
Incidentally did you know that ramadan is a pagan festival celebrated long before Mohammed came on the scene

Beth S (330)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 11:06 pm
Hartson Doak

"Islamist are destroying the Faith of Allah, as taught by Mohamed. Just as the Christians have destroyed the loving Faith of God(Allah) as taught by Christ."

What have you been smoking?? Have you read the Quran and Hadiths? Tell us about how loving Allah wants to kill everyone who converts out of Islam? Is that loving to you? Maybe you have a very perverted notion of love, like Mohammad and his sex slaves.


Lydia S (71)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 4:08 pm
This is the same country that makes it a crime to recognize the Armenian Genocide -- and threatens countries who recognize the first genocide of the 20th century with serious repercussions!

The link below is of a BBC Documentary "The Betrayed" ... The Turkish denial is truly outrageous, given the MASSIVE amounts of evidence -- photographic, video, cables, writings, and survivors interviews! Islamic LIES! They have NO SHAME!

Even one of it's own writers, Hrant Dink, was murdered for admitting this horrific crime against humanity! His killer was treated like a celebrity by the police who arrested him!

Shockingly, we have an American Senator & Secretary of State designee, who wants to whitewash the Armenian Genocide ... see alarming article below! He must NOT be allowed to be Secretary of State!
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