News to go further TurkeyEurope – Central AsiaGermany ImprisonedRSF Prize News Between 11 and 13 April 2016, Reporters Without Borders Germany hosted Dilek Dündar, the wife of the Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief and herself a seasoned journalist, to raise public awareness and political support for the case of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül and for the growing repressions against journalists in Turkey more generally. RSF_en Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News April 28, 2016 RSF’s advocacy in Berlin for turkish journalists Organisation Help by sharing this information June 7, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more Turkey ranks 149th out of 180 countries on the Reporters Without BordersPressFreedom Index. To find out more about the state of press freedomin Turkey please go to http://rsf.org/en/turkey.Rerporters Without Borders’ most recent Turkey report is availablefor download here. News TurkeyEurope – Central AsiaGermany ImprisonedRSF Prize Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet’s editor-in-chief Can Dündar and the paper’s Ankara bureau chief ErdemGül are facing life sentencesbecause of their reporting. The prosecutors have charged them withespionage, revealing state secrets and supporting a terroristorganisation. At the end of May 2015, their newspaper published areport containing evidence that the Turkish secret service suppliedweapons to Islamists in Syria. Afterwards President Erdogan appearedon state television threatening that editor-in-chief Dündar wouldnot go unpunished but pay a high price for publishing the report(http://t1p.de/p1eq).The trial against Dündar and Gül began at the end of March and willresume on 6 May.During her visit to Berlin, Dilek Dündar and representatives of RSF Germanymet two close counsellors to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, namelychief spokesman Steffen Seibert and chief foreign-policy advisorChristoph Heusgen. Seibert expressly mentioned the case of Can Dündarand Erdem Gül in a press conference two days later, adding thatfreedom of expression was not negotiable and also had to be appliedin Turkey, where developments of the past few months gave cause forconcern (http://t1p.de/9u4s,from 25’47”). On the part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,human rights commissioner Bärbel Kofler had an exchange with Dündar.Other interlocutors included Bundestag (Germany’s federal parliament)vice president Claudia Roth as well as deputies of all parliamentarygroups, among them Jürgen Hardt (CDU/CSU) and Niels Annen (SPD), theforeign policy spokesmen of their respective parliamentary groups whoform the government coalition. Dündar also addressed a session ofthe opposition Left Party’s parliamentary group and had discussionswith the Left’s foreign policy working group as well as theCDU/CSU’s working group on human rights (http://t1p.de/xkye)and members of the German-Turkish Parliamentary Friendship Group. A public panel discussion about the current situation of freedom ofexpression in Turkey, held at centrally located Maxim Gorki Theater,drew more than 100 people. The chairman of the German Journalists’Association, one of the two main journalists’ unions in thecountry, met with Dilek and publicly underligned the association’ssupport for her husband and his colleague (http://t1p.de/8en7).Dündar’s visit also drew considerable media interest, including interviewswith ZDF national public television’s nightly news program“heute-journal” (http://t1p.de/7eea)and breakfast TV show “ZDF-Morgenmagazin”(https://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/zapp/Der-tuerkische-Praesident-und-die-Presse-,tuerkei610.html),Deutschlandfunk national public radio (http://t1p.de/mqtn),renowned media magazine “Zapp” on NDR TV (http://t1p.de/a9vn),3Sat TV cultural channel (http://t1p.de/huma)as well as WDR TV (http://t1p.de/gqiu)and RBB TV regional public broadcasters (http://t1p.de/l2zc),Swiss public radio SRF and “Die Welt” national daily(http://t1p.de/08ub). RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan SIGN the onlinepetition for the proceedings against Can Dündar and Erdem Gül to bedismissed! Receive email alerts Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says
cmannphoto/iStock(ST. LOUIS) — A St. Louis policeman is set to appear in court Thursday morning one week after he allegedly shot and killed his colleague while playing a Russian roulette-like game. Nathanial Hendren, 29, is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the death of his fellow officer, 24-year-old Katlyn Alix. Alix was off-duty at Hendren’s apartment in St. Louis, Missouri, when she was shot in the chest just before 1 a.m. local time on Jan. 24. Hendren and his patrol partner who was present — both on-duty at the time — rushed Alix to the hospital where she soon died. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department initially called it an “accidental” killing in which an officer “mishandled a firearm.” But investigators later determined that Hendren and Alix were playing a dangerous game with a revolver. According to a probable cause statement from the police department, Hendren emptied the revolver’s chambers, put one bullet back in and spun the cylinder. He then pointed the weapon away and pulled the trigger. The gun did not fire. Alix took the firearm, pointed it at Hendren and pulled the trigger. Still nothing happened. Hendren then took back the revolver, pointed it at Alix and pulled the trigger. This time, the gun discharged the chambered round, according to the probable cause. Hendren’s partner, who has not yet been named, advised investigators that he had told Alix and Hendren that “they shouldn’t be playing with guns and that they were police officers,” according to the probable cause. The officer said he “felt uncomfortable” with the situation and “didn’t want to have any part of it. He was leaving Hendren’s apartment when he heard the gunshot,” according to the probable cause. The police department immediately launched an internal investigation into the incident and placed both Hendren and his partner on paid administrative leave. The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office launched its own investigation with the help of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The St. Louis circuit attorney, Kimberly Gardner, announced on Jan. 25 that her office had filed charges against Hendren. “This is a devastating incident for Katlyn Alix’s husband, parents, family and for our entire community,” Gardner said in a statement. “We will do whatever is necessary to get to the truth of this incident. Katlyn’s family and this community deserve nothing less.” On Monday, Gardner sent a letter to Col. John Hayden Jr., the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department commissioner, and Judge Jimmie Edwards, the city’s public safety director, raising concerns about how the investigation was handled in its early stages. Gardner said she believed there was probable cause that drugs or alcohol may have been “a contributing factor” in the shooting. Members of her team began preparing search warrants to have blood drawn from both Hendren and his partner, but police informed them that the local hospital will not honor the warrants — even though that is a common procedure in criminal investigations, Gardner said. Gardner said her team was later told that, “in lieu of the more exact blood specimen test,” the police department’s internal affairs division had conducted a breathalyzer test and taken urine samples from both officers under Garrity rights, which shield public employees from self-incrimination. “This is a serious problem in objective investigative tactics,” Gardner said in her letter. “Taking these tests under the cover of Garry appears as an obstructionist tactic to prevent us from understanding the state of the officers during the commission of this alleged crime.” Gardner also expressed concern over the police department’s swift assessment that Alix’s death was an accident. “In my opinion, it is completely inappropriate for investigators to approach a crime scene that early in the investigation with a predisposed conclusion about the potential outcome of a case,” she said. “I understand your need to get information out to the public quickly regarding officer-involved shooting cases, however, the labeling of any criminal incident as an accident prior to a full investigation is a violation of our duty as objective fact finders.” Alix, a military veteran who graduated from the St. Louis Police Academy in January 2017, was laid to rest Wednesday. Her family is demanding answers. “The way how everything went down, I don’t like it,” Alix’s mother, Aimee Chadwick, told CBS affiliate KMOV-TV in an interview. “I think there’s more answers. We need more answers. She loved her job. Even on her days off she would go visit all her friends down there because like I guess when you’re a police officer, [you have] that close bond with everyone.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.