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#Pride2017 march in #istanbul banned again…

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2017 at 16:05


They vow to hold a march in Istanbul which officials have banned for the third year in a row.
Governor’s office bans event for third year in a row, but organisers wow to hold it despite threats by various groups.

‘I made a love letter to the city and the cats’

Street cats have roamed Istanbul for centuries. As a film starring some of them opens, director Ceyda Torun explains why the likes of ‘Psycho’ and

Istanbul’s ancient Roma community falls victim to building boom

ISTANBUL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Uygun Dum lives with 17 members of his extended family in a ramshackle shed with no hot water in

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#Journalism agenda: “How the European Journalism Centre is working with Facebook on journalist safety…

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2017 at 19:10

For 25 years, the European Journalism Centre has been training and protecting journalists worldwide.

Facebook, as one of the world’s largest social platforms, now plays a central role in the sourcing and distribution of news. Helping journalists to navigate, understand and remain secure on digital platforms is a core part of the European Journalism Centre’s work, and we’re excited today to announce a new collaboration with Facebook to do just that.

There’s a common phrase among reporters: “The news never sleeps.” This is why many news outlets rely on cloud-based productivity tools like Google Docs and Sheets to share information, check facts and collaborate in real time. And The New York Times is no exception.

Bravo, CNN artist Bill Hennessy.

CNN equated the briefing to a Supreme Court argument — an on-the-record event at which cameras are banned.

Trump told public lies or falsehoods every single day of his first 40 days in office, and he hasn’t stopped yet.

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“Turkey Drops Evolution From Curriculum…

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2017 at 19:10

A chapter on evolution will no longer appear in ninth graders’ textbooks because it is considered too “controversial” an idea, an education official said.
Darwin’s theory of evolution has been excluded from the most recent draft of Turkey’s new national curriculum, which will be released following the Eid al-Fitr holiday, the head of the Education Ministry’s curriculum board, Alpaslan Durmuş, has said

Erdoğan urges ‘national, moral values’ for youths in the fight against drugs

Combatting the drugs problem in Turkey requires the embrace of “national and moral values” among the young, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, vowing to eliminate what he called “drugs terror.”

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In the meantime, “Turkey tops UNHCR’s refugee hosting list with 2.9 million refugees…

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2017 at 17:10

Turkey tops the list of refugee hosting countries in the world, hosting 2.9 million of the world’s 65 million refugees, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated on June 20. – Apr 25, 8:11 AM

Turkey’s bloody, failed military coup on July 15, 2016, and the ruthless crackdown that followed are testament to the country’s escalating crisis of democracy. Though the crisis had been developing for years, with journalists and independent media


As the UN accuses Turkey of breaking international law, the arrest of an MP also sparks protests.


Remember when the President of Turkey came to Washington to visit Trump, and his goons beat the crap out of American protesters on American soil? The DC-based Turkish news site Washington Hatti reported today that Eyup Yildirim was arrested for playing a role in this incident, and the Daily Caller now reports that a second, Sinan Narin, was also arrested. Both men beat peaceful protesters outside of the embassy of Turkey.



AKP Düzce Youth Branch Board member Aybek has been released on probation by the court which he was referred to on charge of “Inciting people to animosity and hostility”.

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The 9th day of Justice March (#AdaletYollarda)…

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2017 at 21:10

Justice March took start from Sipahiler region in province of Bolu on its eighth day.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu continued his “justice march” from Ankara to Istanbul on the sixth day on June 20, defying calls from the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to end the “illegal” action

Turkish Opposition Leader Begins 250-Mile Protest March

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, of the Republican People’s Party, set out on what he said would be a 23-day walk to denounce the jailing of a lawmaker, Enis Berberoglu.

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#Journalism on trial: “Ahmet Altan’s defence statement”

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2017 at 16:16

22 June

A Portrait of the Indictment as Judicial Porn

You can read the full text of Ahmet Altan’s defence statement here.

Your Honour,This sorry excuse for an indictment lacking in not only intelligence but also a respect for law is too feeble to draw the immense weight of the aggravated life sentence it requests and does not deserve a serious defence.


First Turkish journalists go on trial over alleged coup support

Brothers Ahmet and Mehmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak accused of using ‘subliminal messaging’ to overthrow government

The first trial of journalists accused of taking part in or supporting last year’s coup attempt in Turkey opened on Monday in a crucial test for freedom of expression in the country.


Reporting on a new age of digital astroturfing

Another election, another round of reports that social media bots artificially boosted a candidate, and another case study underscoring the challenges of covering a new age of digital astroturfing.

For the UK general election, one notable attempt was the Telegraph’s article about a series of bots flooding Twitter with pro-Corbyn and anti-May messages. The story’s basic facts were vaguely right: There were a considerable number of high-frequency tweeters pushing pro-Corbyn messages in the final weeks before Election Day. But the piece fell short of providing hard proof of scale or intention.

The possibility of robots inflating the size of one candidate’s apparent support — let alone spreading misinformation — is worth reporting. But proper analyses of these networks demand skills and thinking that are totally new to social scientists, let alone journalists.

“Only Hungary has a bigger gap…” The Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report 2017, out this week, touches on all kinds of digital news trends — see here for Nieman Lab’s general roundup and here for two of the report’s authors’ takes on how social media may actually diversify people’s media diets. There’s also more on fake news in the report: “Definitions of ‘fake news’ are fraught with difficulty and respondents frequently mix up three categories: (1) news that is ‘invented’ to make money or discredit others; (2) news that has a basis in fact, but is ‘spun’ to suit a particular agenda; and (3) news that people don’t feel comfortable about or don’t agree with,” the authors write. “In our analysis very few people can accurately recall having seen items in category 1, except in the United States.”

Fox News’ Motto Is No Longer ‘Fair and Balanced,’ Plus More Internet Scandals of the Week

From Fox News’ new slogan to President Trump’s “witch hunt” tweet, here’s everything the internet was talking about last week.

Want a “news-style soft article”? That’ll be $15. Or splurge and discredit a journalist for $55,000

The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundupoffers the highlights of what you might have missed.

“新闻软文,” or “News-style soft article.” Want to discredit a journalist? That’ll be $55,000. 100,000 real people’s signatures on a petition? $6,000. And those Chinese “soft articles” can be gotten for as little as USD $15. The folks at security software company Trend Microstudied Chinese, Russian, Arabic/Middle Eastern, and English marketplaces and found that “everything from social media promotions, creation of fake comments, and even online vote manipulation [is] sold at very reasonable prices. Surprisingly, we found that fake news campaigns aren’t always the handiwork of autonomous bots, but can also be carried out by real people via large, crowdsourcing programs.”

The organisation is taking lessons from the redesign of two of its pop-up verticals and applying them to the wider NBC News brands

Audience trust in social media as a news source is falling, Reuters survey finds

Tomorrow’s News 2017 shows that news consumers are becoming more savvy to the spread of misinformation online

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New photo from Facebook June 23, 2017 at 02:55PM

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2017 at 13:56

Bu arada Riyad, Suudi Arabistan. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook June 23, 2017 at 11:37AM

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2017 at 10:41

Bu arada Calvi, Haute-Corse, Fransa. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook June 22, 2017 at 06:32PM

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2017 at 17:32

Bu arada İskoçya. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook June 22, 2017 at 05:20PM

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2017 at 16:21

IŞİD’in dün yok ettiği tarihi Al Nori Camisi. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages