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Show trials in Turkey – and a plan of action

On 18 September, a meeting sponsored by the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign and the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers condemned the recent trials of lawyers and journalists in Turkey. The meeting – held in London – went on to set up a co-coordinating group to build a stronger solidarity campaign.

I joined a panel of speakers that included Margaret Owen, barrister and member of the Bar Human Rights Committee; Ali Has, a solicitor, who attended the lawyers’ trial in Turkey in July; and Tony Simpson, a member of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation and editor of The Spokesman.

The meeting was chaired by Professor Bill Bowing from Birkbeck College and President of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights.
What follows is my speech to the meeting. Continue reading Show trials in Turkey – and a plan of action

Greece – more pain but who gains?

Earlier this week at the meeting of the European Federation of Journalists steering committee in Brussels, we were updated by the delegate from the Greek journalists’ union on the impact of the severe austerity measures on journalists and other media workers. Salaries cut by up to 40 per cent, sackings and closures are the order of the day. The government is expected to run out of cash to pay for public services by mid-October if it does not receive further loans.

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