Reporters Without Borders today condemned the detention of a journalist of Kurdish origin for allegedly possessing video footage of members of group linked to the outlawed PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party).Birol Duru, a correspondent with the pro-Kurdish news agency DIHA (Tiger), and Daimi Açig, a member of the Turkish Human Rights Association (IHD), were arrested by local police in Dibarbey, a village in the eastern province of Bingöl, on 10 August and were subsequently placed in custody in Bingöl prison.”We are very concerned about this new attack on press freedom in Turkey, which is the second case of journalists being arbitrarily arrested in less than two weeks,” the organisation said, calling for the immediate release of both Duru and Açig. When detained, Duru was investigating cannabis trafficking in Bingöl, including allegations that Yedisu police chief Ahmet Yanaral is involved in the trafficking. Duru and Açig were accused of “collaborating with the PKK” when they appeared before a prosecutor and a judge in Karliova on 12 August. Duru believes he is the victim of a conspiracy, in part because he brought a complaint against Yanaral some time ago, accusing him of making threats against him.Serhat Atli, the lawyer acting for the two detainees, filed a request for the lifting of their detention order with the Bingöl provincial court on 15 August. The court is due to give its decision on 19 August.Atli and Duru’s agency, DIHA, also maintain that he is the victim of a conspiracy by the regional authorities. They also said the arrests were illegal because “the report on what was found in Duru’s bag was not drawn up in the presence of a witness and because they do not have the evidence to justify holding them in custody.” Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News Receive email alerts Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News News Help by sharing this information TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Organisation August 17, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kurdish journalist detained for allegedly having footage of PKK militants April 2, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the arbitrary arrest on 10 August of a journalist of Kurdish origin, Birol Duru of the pro-Kurdish news agency DIHA. He is being held in Bingöl prison in the east of the country, where the provincial court is due to decide on 19 August whether he must remain in custody. News April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Turkey RSF_en
Last night brought 10+ hours of straight music to the Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans. Dubbed “The Bayou Rendezvous,” the evening sought out to include some of the most rocking, funky, jammy players in the scene and put them all between two stages. The result? Pure magic.After The New Orleans Suspects with John “Papa” Gros, the Naughty Professor Horns, Roosevelt Collier, and Natalie Cressman kicked things off as “Night People” with a very special tribute to NOLA legend Allen Toussaint, Dr. Klaw took the stage for a murdering set of funk classics.Dr. Klaw is a very special group of musicians that only play together as such a few times a year. The all-star lineup includes Lettuce/Soulive’s Eric Krasno, Lettuce/Break Science’s Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Dumpstaphunk’s Nick Daniels III, and Ian Neville. The band ran through some incredible classics to a packed room well past midnight. Watch this fan-shot video of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Kofi Burbridge take the stage for an epic flute solo during the set’s closer, “Leave Me Alone”:
A Florida police department is facing severe backlash after video of an officer pushing an 18-year-old car theft suspect of a roof has gone viral.Sgt. Anthony Amada and officer Plenio Massiah of the Kissimmee Police Department approached an unidentified suspect accused of taking his girlfriend’s car without permission.But when police arrived at the suspect’s door, he fled upstairs to the roof.They pursued the suspect on foot, which is seen in the police bodycam footage.The video reportedly shows the officers telling the suspect to “come down” from the roof, which was nine-feet from the ground.The officer on the roof then tells the suspect, “You’re going to get Tased, and you’re going to fall. So, you better jump.”Shortly after, the suspect is shown refusing to jump and asking the officer to exit out of the window instead.The officer’s partner is then heard screaming, “push him off the roof,” multiple times.Moments later, the teenager was shoved off and tased once he hit the ground.The suspect was unharmed from the fall and the Taser, according to an internal investigation by the Kissimmee Police Department.But Kissimmee Police chief Jeff O’Dell said the suspect could have been “severely injured” in the incident.Following the incident, Sgt. Amada resigned from the department in June, and officer Massiah was suspended for a total of eight hours.The police report also noted that officer Massiah feared that a struggle between him and the suspect could have led to them both falling off.No other information is available at this time.