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Call for action against suspected masterminds of journalist’s murder

first_imgNews April 2, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today appealed to the government to act against those who ordered the 19 January killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink as five people, some of them extreme rightists, were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder.“We are alarmed at the possible political implications of the case, whose outcome is very important for Turkey’s future,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Those who carried out the murder must not be the only ones to be punished. Many things point to them being supported by various prominent groups and figures. The authorities must put a stop to these machinations,” it said.Five people were arrested yesterday in Trabzon and taken to Istanbul for questioning, including the head of the Trabzon branch of the extreme-rightwing Great Unity Party (BBP), Yasar Cihan, and a member of the branch committee, Halis Egemen. Cihan was picked up after a photo was found of him with the BBP leader and Erhan Tuncel, one of the suspected masterminds of the killing and an police informer.An interior ministry report on the murder investigation by national security chiefs which was leaked to the media accuses Istanbul police chief Celalettin Cerrah of failing to protect editor Dink, who was shot dead outside the offices of his weekly newspaper Agos, even though Trabzon police has warned their Istanbul colleagues of a plot to kill Dink. The all-news TV station NTV said Tuncel had warned Trabzon police 17 times about the plot before they passed the message on to Istanbul. The record of the interrogation of one of the suspects, Tuncay Uzundal, was also reportedly forged by Trabzon police. Receive email alerts Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Help by sharing this information Newscenter_img to go further Follow the news on Turkey TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Organisation March 27, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for action against suspected masterminds of journalist’s murderlast_img read more

Broward statue to be removed and stored

first_imgBroward’s statue to be removed and storedGarth A. RoseThe statute of the former Florida governor for whom Broward County derived its name is to be removed, because he was reputed to be racist. The decision was taken to remove the statue of former Governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward which was erected at the county’s main courthouse in 1993, after a group of county attorneys determined that he was a racist.Remove Blacks from AmericaHighlights of the former governor’s racist attitude was made public via a blog, the JAAA blog, that, among other documents, exposed a speech in which in Broward called for that blacks be removed from America and be given their own country away from whites. “The white people have no time to make excuses for the shortcomings of the negro,” Broward wrote. “And the negro has less inclination to work for one and be directed by one he considers exacting.”A monument of divisiveness Resulting from these revelations the T.J. Reddick Black Bar Association, a group of African American lawyers, through its president Harold Pryor called for the statue to be removed, calling it “a monument of divisiveness.”Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, county administrator Bertha Henry and courthouse officials agreed to remove the statue.To be removed in 2 weeksMayor Sharief said the statue will be removed in about two weeks after work hours and placed in storage. There are no plans for the statue after that, but some officials have suggested the statue should be placed in a museum or a library.“This is just a piece of artwork and has nothing to do with the commission,” Sharief told the Herald Tuesday. “Complaints came in and subsequently the statue will be removed. There’s really no reason for it to be there.”As news of the former racist governor spreads, some people have begun arguing for the county’s name be changed.Change county’s name“How could such a racial diverse county as Broward County, be named after a former racist governor?” Laurel Moss asked CNW. “African American and Caribbean American blacks make p very large communities in the county, and the county is named after a racist. That’s crazy. There needs to be a petition to change the county’s name.”However, Mayor Sharief said she does not agree with changing the county’s name and such a move is not under discussion by the county commission. Any such move would be extremely difficult, but would ultimately be “up to the will of the people.”The mayor said she discussed the removal of the statue with several people including Chief Administrative Judge Jack Tuter. Following these discussions, the decision was made to remove the statue. The statue was a gift made to the county in 1983.Broward, served as Florida’s governor from 1905 to 1908, and he died in 1910 at age-53.last_img read more