Government leaned on judicial system in media holding case

first_img to go further March 6, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government leaned on judicial system in media holding case Help by sharing this information News Organisation Receive email alerts April 2, 2021 Find out more Related documents cp_tu_rkiye_06-03-2014-2.pdfPDF – 66.65 KB April 28, 2021 Find out more News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia (Photos: AFP Photo / Prime Minister Press Office / Kayhan Ozer) center_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law RSF_en News Read in Turkish / TürkçeReporters Without Borders is deeply shocked to learn of government interference in a series of prosecutions in 2009 against Dogan Holding, a conglomerate that owns many leading news media.Telephone recordings leaked on 3 March show that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and then justice minister Sadullah Ergin intervened directly in these proceedings, which resulted in Dogan being ordered to pay an astronomical fine of more than 3 billion Turkish pounds (more than 1 billion euros).“The many revelations in recent weeks about direct government pressure on media owners were already very serious,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “But these latest recordings confirm that the government also tried to use the judicial system in its fight against critical media. The casual manner in which the prime minister has admitted doing this is extraordinary, as it so obviously flouts the principle of the separation of powers.“This information is all the more disturbing for involving a key case. Dogan Holding’s conviction in 2009 set off a wave of self-censorship, the scale of which could be seen during last year’s Gezi Park protests. The use of government influence to obtain this decision from the judicial system constitutes an extremely grave violation of freedom of information.”Deloire added: “The government must explain itself in a clear manner on this subject and must undertake to henceforth respect both media and judicial independence.”A leading caseAs well as owning companies in many other sectors of the economy, Dogan Holding is one of Turkey’s leading media groups, owning the Hürriyet daily newspaper, the CNN Türk TV channel and the DHA news agency. Several of its media were well known for being critical of the Erdogan government.When Dogan was convicted on a series of tax fraud charges in 2009, media freedom groups were unanimous in condemning the disproportionate size of the fine, which would have bankrupted Dogan and dealt a major blow to media pluralism in Turkey.Most of the fine was forgiven after negotiations between the government and Dogan. But, at the same time, several editors of the most critical media were replaced and many journalists resigned in protest against growing self-censorship. Dogan went on to reduce its media holdings, selling the Milliyet and Vatan newspapers and Star TV.Government interferenceIn the first of the recordings posted on YouTube on 3 March, what is said to be the prime minister’s voice can be heard urging the justice minister to “closely follow” the trial “of crucial importance” and to ensure that Dogan is convicted.In another recording, a voice said to be the justice minister’s reassures the prime minister, telling him that a definitive decision will be reached on appeal and that he will talk to the appeal court’s president to “ensure that he acts with sensitivity.” This voice also says that “nearly 2,000 friends” of the government have infiltrated the judicial system.Although the justice minister has disputed the authenticity of the recordings, the prime minister had not. On the contrary, he has defended the government’s intervention in the case, claiming that he had “very dangerous information” about Dogan at the time and that it was involved in “parallel structures and dirty relationships.”Yesterday, Erdogan said it “natural” and “necessary” that he should have asked his justice minister to follow the case closely. Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Follow the news on Turkey Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Kelsea Jeon Named Winner of Pasadena Bar Speech Scholarship Contest

first_img Community News The winner of the PBA Law Day was Kelsea Jeon (16 years old), a sophomore from Arcadia High School. Kelsea was awarded a $5K scholarship and is the youngest finalist and winner in the history of the speech contest.The final round took place on Thursday, May 22 during the PBA’s Law Day Luncheon at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Gold Room. During this final round, the two finalists were given seven minutes to present their speech to approximately 150 lawyers and dignitaries, including honorary guest Joyce Kenard, former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard.“Returning from competing as a finalist last year, Abel really exuded confidence and showed us his improved ability during the first round,” said Don Schweitzer, PBA Family Law section chair and founder & partner of the Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer. “What’s interesting about Kelsea is she is our youngest finalist in the history of the speech contest. Sixteen years old and only a sophomore, her speech was well crafted and powerful as if she were a college graduate. These two young powerhouses delivered outstanding, professional performances, while still being able to interject humor into their speeches—that’s a skill not many adult speakers have conquered, so we were really impressed.”Jeon competed head-to-head against Abel DeCastro (17), a senior, for the chance to win the $5,000 scholarship, presented by the Pasadena Bar Association. Abel DeCastro, the second place winner, received a $2,000 scholarship. The top 30 finalists now have the opportunity to interview with local participating law firms for internships.“The PBA Speech Scholarship Contest has grown in popularity over the years to the extent that it’s become an incentive for our local schools to create a speech program for their students,” said Don. “Temple City High School just created a speech program, and one of their speakers broke into the top 30, and they don’t even have the experience competing in the regional high school speech and debate tournaments.”The Pasadena Bar Association (PBA) assists its members to develop and improve their practice of law by providing information, services, networking, career development programs and other resources. Since its founding in 1917, the PBA has vigorously pursued its stated purpose “to advance the science of jurisprudence, to promote the administration of justice, to encourage a thorough legal education, and to maintain the honor and dignity of the profession of law.” The PBA has initiated numerous programs, services and opportunities for its members, the profession, the judiciary and the community.Don continued, “What makes this year’s competition all the more rewarding is the internship component we’ve added as a benefit to the competitors. The finalists will have an opportunity to intern with one of the PBA’s member law firms, and continue to build their skills through mentor programs. In fact, the student I spoke of from Temple City High School has already contacted our firm seeking an opportunity. These kids are extremely bright, smart, witty and motivated, and the PBA Speech Scholarship competition was developed as a platform for these students to showcase their talents.”The Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer is Pasadena’s premier family law firm and one of the most respected in the Los Angeles area. Their specialized attorneys are experienced in all areas of family law and estate planning, supported by today’s most advanced legal resources. Founded by a former police officer turned assistant district attorney, their responsiveness and expert team approach give their clients a favorable edge.The firm is structured to respond rapidly and proactively. Their staff of 20 includes attorneys and legal support equipped to handle every aspect of each case with the utmost in professionalism, integrity and respect. Principled advocates who will always put their client’s best interests first, the Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer offers peace of mind every step of the way.For more information about the Pasadena Bar Association, visit more information about The Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer, visit HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Signs He’s Ready To Spend The Rest Of His Life With YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Subscribe More Cool Stuff Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Kelsea Jeon Named Winner of Pasadena Bar Speech Scholarship Contest STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, May 29, 2014 | 12:06 pmcenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Evening soirees and house parties made easy in Gold Coast pad

first_imgThe waterfront property at 26 Lakeview Boulevard, Mermaid Waters is an entertainer’s delight.WHETHER you’re planning a fancy cocktail party or casual backyard barbecue, entertaining is a breeze in this waterfront home.The two-storey Mermaid Waters house has an open floorplan and well-equipped entertainment area, making it easy to host large groups of guests. Hide the mess made while cooking in the stone kitchen’s butler’s pantry and rest assured there will be enough food for everyone with two Smeg ovens and two gas stoves to work with. MORE NEWS: Imagine owning a castle The perfect spot to relax with a book or a glass of wine once the party is over.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoSliding glass doors open the kitchen, living and dining area out onto the alfresco area, which has an outdoor kitchen with built-in barbecue. The 11m saltwater pool, with gas heated spa, and canal offer a picturesque backdrop.But the living and entertaining spaces aren’t the only spacious areas in the house.Four of the six bedrooms have their own bathrooms while two bedrooms on the ground floor share another. The main bedroom not only has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite but a covered balcony overlooking the water. MORE NEWS: V8 racer’s parents take another shot at selling Coast home Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: To sell or to renovate?00:55 The chef-style kitchen is one of the home’s best features. There is plenty of space to entertain guests inside and out. Marketing agent Jenni Wright, of Lucy Cole Prestige Properties, said the home was custom designed.“The owners have built it to their specifications,” she said. “It’s a well appointed home and only 18 months old.” It also has a rumpus room with balcony, study and upstairs living area as well as two crystal chandeliers.The property is listed under and expressions of interest campaign, which will close on May 6.last_img read more

USC finds its own path to success

first_imgA long three-year rebuild finally paid its dividends after USC upset No. 7 Arizona at the Galen Center on Saturday night. The win gave Andy Enfield his first signature win as head coach of the Trojans, while matching last season’s Pac-12 win total at three games.The Trojans have jumped back into the national picture after half a decade of irrelevance. The way they got there is even more fascinating.Andy Enfield was hired in 2013 following a surprise Sweet 16 run in the NCAA Tournament with Florida Gulf Coast. The picture was clear: Enfield would help rebuild a program tarnished by NCAA sanctions by bringing his up-tempo, flashy coaching style to Los Angeles, similar to the quick rebrand of the “Lob City” Clippers. Unfortunately for USC, the transition did not work out so well.In his first year as coach, USC went 11-21 and won just two conference games. Star guard Byron Wesley opted to transfer to Gonzaga instead of sticking around for his last year of eligibility. The Trojans improved slightly in the second year of Enfield’s reign, finishing 12-20 with just three conference wins.While the Trojans were struggling mightily on the court, Enfield was quietly bringing in the pieces to run his system efficiently. Instead of focusing on one-and-done players, Enfield looked to build his program from the bottom up. His first feat came in getting guard Katin Reinhardt to transfer from UNLV in 2013.  Reinhardt, who is only a junior, had to sit out one season due to NCAA rules, but now currently leads the team in scoring with 12.9 points per game.Enfield continued his prowess off the court by landing one of the best rookie classes in recent USC history in 2014. Enfield brought in two ESPN 100 recruits in standouts Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart. In McLaughlin, Enfield found his point guard of the future while Stewart brought the athleticism and defense that was missing from the squad. McLaughlin and Stewart had an up and down rookie campaign, but have been key to the Trojans this season.Enfield finally had a competitive team, but was still lacking the depth and rim protection needed to be competitive in the PAC-12. These issues were addressed with USC’s only two recruits for the 2015 season, freshmen Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu. Boatright’s size and ability to spread the floor has opened up the court for the likes of McLaughlin, Stewart and Reinhardt, while Metu has brought the toughness and defense that has been missing from the Trojan squad.USC is still a very young team, one of the youngest in the country in fact, but Enfield has recruited a strong foundation for the Trojans to build upon. The Trojans only field one senior, Strahinja Gavrilovic, and only have three juniors on their roster ,who contribute heavily. The underclassmen run the show for USC, which is why the future is so bright.Most powerhouse schools such as UCLA, Kentucky and Duke focus in on the one-and-done studs like Kevin Love, Anthony Davis and Jahlil Okafor. Those schools constantly have huge roster turnover which can lead to up and down seasons. Kentucky, over the past four years, is a prime example.The Trojans have rebuilt the exact opposite, looking for highly talented players who fit the system and will stay in school rather than jump to the NBA after one season. In fact, the Trojans have rebuilt like an NBA team, garnering young talent in hopes of turning a corner.While the Trojans are still very young this season, no player except for the seldom used Gavrilovic is expected to leave the program after this season. That means the core of Jovanovic, Reinhardt, Stewart and McLaughlin will have played more than 63 games together entering next season.Just like in the NBA, having the ability to build a strong foundation will garner lots of attention. The Trojans already have one ESPN 100 recruit committed for next season and the list should continue to grow as USC knocks off more top rated opponents.The future of USC basketball has never looked brighter.Nick Barbarino is a senior majoring in business administration. His column, “Beyond the Arc,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more