Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression News RSF_en June 16, 2017 Twenty-five years for leaking video to Turkish newspaper Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the 25-year jail term that an opposition parliamentarian has received for leaking a highly sensitive video to the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet and calls for the acquittal of the two Cumhuriyet journalists who are also being prosecuted in connection with the video. News April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression The parliamentarian, Enis Berberoğlu of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), was detained at the end of his trial at the main Istanbul law courts on 14 June after being convicted of spying and sentenced for leaking a video filmed in January 2014 by Turkish police who tried to intercept a convoy of trucks carrying arms to Jihadi rebels in Syria. The video was used as the basis of a Cumhuriyet story in May 2015 that caused a sensation because it implicated Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) in the shipment and discredited the government’s claims that the trucks were carrying humanitarian aid. After President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan branded the leak as “plot” against his government, charges of divulging state secrets, supporting a terrorist organization and spying were brought against Cumhuriyet’s then editor, Can Dündar, and its Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gül. Their case, which ended up being separated from Berberoğlu’s, was also examined by the Istanbul court on 14 June, but their trial was adjourned. Dündar, who now lives in exile in Germany, has condemned this week’s developments. “The justice palace is under the presidential palace’s complete control,” he told RSF. “I continue to defend my decision to publish, to defend the truth. We are not the ones who should be tried. It is President Erdoğan and the intelligence services who should be on trial.” RSF condemns the disproportionate sentence imposed on Berberoğlu, which has all the hallmarks of an act of political revenge by the Turkish authorities, and urges them to drop the charges against Dündar and Gül. “The charge of supporting a terrorist organization is not only completely unfounded but also speaks to the continuing criminalization of journalism in Turkey,” RSF said. Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The situation of its media was already worrying but has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after the July 2016 coup attempt. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, more than 100 journalists are currently in prison and more than 775 press cards have been rescinded. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Turkey Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News Help by sharing this information April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more
“It was so hard for these young men, because in so many ways there was no place for them to turn,” she said. “When they came home sick to their parents, they also had to reveal they were gay, pastors were all fire and brimstone back then and people were afraid to be near them.” When the medical community gave the disease a name in the early 1980s, she turned her efforts to its prevention. In 1991, when she moved to the Good Samaritan Metropolitan Church in Whittier, now on Washington Boulevard, to serve as its pastor, she quickly became active in the newly-formed Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project, WRHAP. The nonprofit organization, still going strong today, provides case management and HIV prevention, mental health and food pantry services to people living with AIDS. Doris Wahl, the recently retired founder of WRHAP, said Chapman has been a great help all along. “She was with me from the beginning, helping to raise awareness,” she said. “I feel she is one of the most compassionate and humble people I have ever met.” At the Good Samaritan church, whose mission is to help all who have been left broken, wounded or bruised by the side of life’s road, she also gives spiritual counseling to the five people in her 75-member congregation who have HIV/AIDS. “The focus now is on the living, not the dying, because with the advances in medical care, AIDS is not an automatic death sentence anymore,” she said. But there is still much work to be done, particularly in countries such as Africa, where millions have died from the disease, she said. “I want there to be more education, prevention and eventually a cure, because we need to get rid of it,” she said. [email protected] 562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – In 1981, the Rev. Gina Chapman, then deacon at the Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles, was called by a friend who asked her to come to the bedside of a man dying of an undiagnosed disease. When she walked into the room where the gaunt man, covered in purple lesions, lay surrounded by friends, she pulled off her gloves and surgical mask, touched his face and lifted him in her arms. As she did, the man shed a tear and others gathered in the room began to sob. The man turned out to be one of hundreds Chapman would comfort in those days 25 years ago when a baffling disease began killing men in the gay community. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In her church, serving gays, lesbians and transgenders, about 45 percent of the 400-member congregation, including pastors, died of the disease that would eventually come to be known as AIDS, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. “It was a very emotional and difficult time,” said Chapman, 57, who is now pastor at the Good Samaritan Metropolitan Community Church in Whittier. “There were so many deaths, we were burying so many, that we were just getting burned out.” To further help the afflicted men, Chapman, a lesbian who grew up in a Lutheran family in Los Angeles, and others in the lesbian community donated large amounts of blood. And when she wasn’t visiting hospitals to hug the dying patients who others refused to touch, she was counseling the sick and helping with cooking and cleaning in their homes. She could not even consider doing otherwise, she said.