lundi 19 janvier 2015

Liberté d'expression et apologie du terrorisme : le cas Frederike Geerdink

Double standards on Turkey on questioning those who glorify terror
Published January 15, 2015

Many EU countries opt to deport and deny entry to those who glorify terrorist organizations and in the very latest incident France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech and the glorification of terrorism, announcing that 54 people had been arrested for those offenses since the terror attacks that left 17 dead, including three suspects in Paris last week

Turkey had been harshly criticized when it briefly detained Dutch reporter Frederike Geerdink based in the predominantly Kurdish southeastern province of Diyarbakır on accusations that she supported the PKK, which took up arms against Turkey in the 1980s in order to carve out an independent state in southeastern Turkey and is listed as a terrorist organization in the U.S. and E.U.

Glorifying terrorist organizations is taken very seriously in the West, and anyone who justifies or praises a terrorist organization faces possible deportation. In one of the very latest developments, Dutch Social Affairs Minister Lodewijk Asscher told De Telegraaf newspaper that those who preach hatred or glorify terrorism face deportation.

In her article, "A permanent ceasefire? Now? I'd be disappointed," published on her blog, Geerdink said on Dec. 5: "And the topic that the media seem to get excited about is disarmament … [PKK leader] Öcalan, after all, said a few days ago that a solution to the conflict could be reached within months. So, is he preparing for another ground-breaking speech at Newroz? Will he declare a permanent ceasefire? I'd be disappointed if he did."

After expressing her frustration in the case the PKK laid down its arms while it continues negotiations to end the decades-long conflict between the organization and the Turkish state, Geerdink received criticism for supporting the continuation of the existence of a terrorist organization. Although she was released after being questioned for two-and-a-half hours on Jan. 6, deportation is on the agenda. Geerdink's short detention came after police received notices from anonymous individuals in June, July and October of 2014. Following the notices received, officials visited the Dutch reporter's home, but in each case she was not there. Later, a court issued a search warrant for her house and she was detained for interrogation.

Launched in 2009 by the Turkish government, the reconciliation process aims to normalize life in eastern Turkey and has lowered the casualty numbers of PKK and Turkish soldiers to record lows. The PKK announced a cease-fire on March 21, 2013 via their imprisoned leader, Abdullah Öcalan, which has accelerated the negotiations between both sides, thereby mostly putting an end to the violence that has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people over a 30-year period.
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Pourquoi le PKK est une organisation criminelle et terroriste : actes terroristes indiscriminés, attentats-suicides, kidnappings, trafic de drogue, trafic d'êtres humains, extorsions de fonds, blanchiment d'argent

Qui sont les victimes du PKK ?