Game on for Mountain Dew with Sponsorship of Three Powerhouse Global Esports Teams

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DEW increases gaming support with professional franchises Team Dignitas, Splyce and Team SK Gaming PURCHASE, New York, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Mountain Dew® welcomed three global esports powerhouses – Team Dignitas, Splyce and Team SK Gaming – to its growing esports platform. These new partnerships will provide gamers around the globe with exclusive content and […]

تواصل الألعاب من ماونت ديو مع رعاية ثلاثة فرق إلكترونية رياضية عالمية كبرى

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ماونتن ديو تزيد من دعمها للألعاب مع ثلاثة فرق مهنية هي تيم ديغنيتاس، سبلايس وتيم أس كي غيمنغ بيرتشاس، نيويورك، 6 حزيران/يونيو 2017 / بي آر نيوزواير / — رحبت شركة ماونت ديو Mountain Dew® بثلاث شركات ألعاب إلكترونية عالمية – تيم ديغنيتاس، سبلايس وتيم أس كي غيمنغ – إلى منصتها الرياضية الإلكترونية المتنامية. وستوفر […]

5 Months Deferred Prison Sentence for Evrensel Daily’s Sarı, Koş

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Evrensel daily’s managing editor Çağrı Sarı and it’s former grant holder Arif Koşar have been sentenced to 5 months in prison. Their punishment has been deferred.

A lawsuit was brought against Sarı and Koşar for their report “Police rake people in Nusaybin: 3 injured” published on March 13, 2016 under Article 301 of the Constitution on the “crime of insulting the Turkish Nation, the State of the Republic of Turkey, and the institutions and the organs of the state”.

According to the report of Cansu Pişkin from Evrensel daily, the board of judges sentenced Sarı and Koşar to 5 months in prison in the hearing held today (June 6) before İstanbul Courthouse 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance. Their sentence has been deferred.

Their attorney Devrim Avcı karara will challenge the decision, according to the report. (TP/NV/DG)

Curfew Declared in 18 Villages of Lice in Diyarbakır

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Diyarbakır Governorship on its official website has announced that curfew was declared today (June 6) as of 12 p.m. in 18 villages of Lice district of Diyarbakır province in southeastern Turkey.

The Governorship has also informed that an operation would be carried out in the region where the curfew is in effect.

In addition, the curfew declared in Kulp district of Diyarbakır in 10 villages due to an operation that was launched on June 4, was lifted as of 12 p.m. today.

The curfew in Lice is in force in following villages:

Akçabudak, Örtülü, Ulucak, Saydamlı, Kılıçlı, Yorulmaz, Güldiken, Üçdamlar, Baharlar, Bayırlı, Hedik, Tuzlaköy, Yamaçlı, Kıralan, Dernek, Konuklu, Yünlüce and Yaprakköy villages and hamlets.

It has not been announced when the curfew would be lifted. (AS/DG)

PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION’S FREEDOM TO PUBLISH REPORT (2016-2017): 30 Publishing Houses Closed Through Statutory Decrees

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Turkish Publishers Association has published its Freedom to Publish Report for 2016-2017.

Since 1995, the association has been issuing the yearly Freedom to Publish Reports. This year’s report covers the increased ban of books under the State of Emergency, books considered evidence for a crime, arrests of writers, assaults on publishing houses, book restrictions by the Ministry of National Education, book bans in prisons and the increasing pressures on the social media.

Stating that 1,656 people were behind bars for their postings on the social media, the report also pointed out that Turkey was number one in the world with regards to censorship on Twitter. Also the access block to Wikipedia was included in the report.

Closed publishing houses

According to the report the closed publishing houses are as follows:

Altınburç Publications, Burak Basım Publication Distribution, Dağıtım, Define Publications, Dolunay Eğitim Publication Distribution, Giresun Publication Distribution, Gonca Publications, Gülyurdu Publications, GYV Publications, Işık Akademi, Işık Özel Eğitim Publications, Işık Publications, İklim Publication Marketing, Kaydırak Publications, Kaynak Publications, Kervan Basın Publications, Kuşak Publications, Muştu Publications, Nil Publications, Rehber Publications, Sürat Publications Advertisement Education Instruments, Sütun Publications, Şahdamar Publications, Ufuk Publications News Agency Marketing, Ufuk Publications, Waşanxaneya Nil, Yay Publication Distribution, Yeni Akademi Publications, Yitik Hazine Publications, Zambak Publication Education Tourism, Evrensel Publications.

4,800 academics discharged

Through the statutory decrees issued under the State of Emergency 4,800 academics were discharged from public service according to the report. Five literature teachers were suspended and teacher Murat Özyaşar among these was arrested for five days.

Lawsuits were brought against many journalists and writers on charge of “being a member of an illegal organization”,”aiding an illegal organization” and “insulting religion”. Owner of İleri Publications, Gökçe Fırat, still stands trial under pre-detention on ground of these charges.

In the report, also assaults on publishing houses and bookstores were listed as well as Kurdish books banned in prisons and the 162 journalists who are behind bars as of May 8, 2017. (TP/HK/DG)

Arda Turan Must Face Severest Punishment, Says Journalists' Union

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The Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS) has demanded that football player Arda Turan, who assaulted Milliyet newspaper’s sports reporter Bilal Meşe on a plane after the friendly game played between Turkey and Macedonia, be severely punished.

In the statement posted on Twitter, the TGS said, “Arda Turan who assaulted and insulted doyen journalist Bilal Meşe must face the severest punishment. We don’t want disrespectful sports people!”.

“I don’t regret”

Arda Turan held a press conference concerning the incident at 5 p.m. today (June 6).

Press members other than the agencies didn’t attend the conference.

Announcing that he ended his national team career, Turan said that he didn’t regret and he felt eased.

Kicked out of National Team squad

According to a report by NTV Spor, it was announced that Arda Turan was kicked out of the national team squad ahead of the world cup preliminary game with Kosovo.

What happened?

“Tell me Bilal Meşe, were you there? Were you with us there? Who did we ask for money? Who did we ask for premium? I ask here, who made you write these? Who are telling you these?

“This country is like this! They’ve taken you onto this plane. Of course they do. I also address those who let you onto this plane. Fuck those people who took a bastard like you onto this plane”.

Turan allegedly gripped Meşe’s throat while saying these words.

Turan was referring to stories reported in the Turkish media during the national team’s European Championship last year.

Meşe said that he is going to bring a lawsuit against Turan. (EKN/TK)

Nevşin Mengü Returns to TV

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Nevşin Mengü, who was reportedly taken off from main news bulletin due to her comment on Trump-Erdoğan meeting, has declared that she returned to main news bulletin.

Evaluating the meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and US President Donald Trump, Mengü on CNN Türk live broadcast said that “The whole meeting lasted 23 minutes, Erdoğan invited Trump to Turkey, Trump turned his behind and left” as to the length of the meeting.

Anchoring on CNN Türk, Saynur Tezel said “You can watch the main news bulletin with Nevşin Mengü tomorrow” on Monday.

Mengü also posted a tweet that “I’m back. Let us meet on the evening main news bulletin”.

After Mengü, Emin Çapa, who was anchoring morning news on Kanal D was taken off from the program. Çapa had replaced İrfan Değirmenci, who was dismissed for having declared that he would vote “no” in the constitutional amendment referendum. (EA/TK)

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