Turkish main opposition party appeals media ban

Media organizations not allowed to broadcast work of parliamentary investigating commission until Dec. 27

Turkish main opposition party appeals media ban

Turkey’s main opposition party, the center-left CHP, appealed to a higher court on Thursday to lift a news ban on coverage of the parliamentary commission investigating four former Turkish ministers over graft allegations.

Ankara’s 7th Magistrate Court imposed on Tuesday a media ban on coverage of the parliamentary commission investigating former Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, former Interior Minister Muammer Guler, former Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis and former Environment and Urban Planning Minister Erdogan Bayraktar.

According to Turkish Law, the decision by Ankara’s 7th Magistrate Court to ban media coverage of the investigation can be appealed through Ankara’s 8th Magistrate Court.

The CHP's vice chairman, Ankara MP Levent Gok, has taken advantage of this legal process.

"Freedom of the press is always in the public interest," the CHP’s petition said.

Media organizations are not allowed to broadcast the work of the parliamentary investigating commission until it is finished on Dec. 27. 

Some media organizations and news website announced that they did not recognize the court decision and will publish details of the commission’s meetings.

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Last Mod: 27 Kasım 2014, 14:38
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