Illustration by Maria Papaefstathiou
The intellectuals, writers, dissents in Turkey are still in big trouble. The Turkish Penal Code has a new article, article 299, to "protect Erdoğan's one man project" and it's not the only one jeopardizing the freedom of speech.
The article 299 says;
"The person who denigrates the president shall be punishable by imprisonment from one year to four years."
In addition, the anti-terror law, article 220 and article 301, are all constraining the works of journalists and intellectuals. The Anti-terror law accused dozens of journalist under very vague accusations of "involving in a terrorist act". The article 220, is very broad and it charges journalists of aiding or helping a criminal organization. On the other hand article 301 (former article 159), banns denigration of Turkish Nation. So, now with the new article, Erdoğan is fully immune to public criticism.
There is a problem between the implemented laws and the democracy imaginary of the president.
On October 13, 2015 Tom Kankkonen, a Finnish journalist asked Erdoğan if he was a dictator. And his response was;
“You wouldn’t ask these kinds of questions if I were a dictator. You can’t see the ruler and his family were limitlessly insulted when there was a dictator in the country. The country in which the freedom is limitless is Turkey.”
In this country of limitless freedom 76 journalist were imprisoned till 2012 (very few were released). And this number may increase with the current events. The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office is accusing 18 journalists of “making propaganda for a terrorist organization” and asking for up to 7.5 years each for just publishing a photo. The veteran journalists Uğur Dündar and Necati Doğru were arrested just recently. Moreover, during October 6 people were taken into custody for insulting the president.
This map will keep the records of the arrested journalists. The pins indicate the location of the prisons where the journalists are being held. Currently, the map has the information of 76 journalists. The recent events will be coded soon.
The map can be filtered according to some parameters such as the position of the journalist (editor, reporter...) and the political alignment of the media organizations.
When a time comes that you can't find a single pin to click-on, then the country will be the land of endless freedom.