ANKARA: Onderoglu: Judicial Pressure Equals Pressure On Press And Re

May 31 2010

Social Science Students of the Platform ‘We are still Witnesses’
organized a panel discussion on governing mechanisms of the political
power over oppositional movements. The discussion was also an
expression of solidarity for rights activist Pınar Selek.

Cicek TAHAOÄ~^LU Istanbul – BÄ°A News Center31 May 2010, Monday Methods
of how the governing mechanisms deal with opposition and the relation
between science and activism were discussed in the panel discussion
“Information and Power 3”. The event was organized at the Bosporus
University in Istanbul by Social Science Students of the Platform
‘We are still witnesses’.

The discussion was based on the case of rights activist Pınar Selek.

Selek is accused of the bombing of the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul
in 1998. She had been acquitted twice before the Court of Appeals
requested her prosecution and life sentence in April 2009.

“Journalists should be well aware of the angle between power and
freedom of thought” “The three legs of Power: Law, Media, Politics” was
the topic of the first session which was lead by Karin KarakaÅ~_lı,
a Turkish writer with Armenian origins.

bianet editor Erol Onderoglu referred in his speech to the journalistic
approach towards lawsuits. Onderoglu emphasized the crucial relations
between researchers and journalists. He pointed out that judicial
pressure in political cases at the same time means pressure on sources
for the media and research. Onderoglu added, “The professional press
organizations do not provide journalists with ethic codes for the
media. Journalists reporting on political cases should know the legal
concepts and they should very well know the angle between political
power and freedom of thought”.

Relations between law, politics and justice Activist Yasemin Oz,
lawyer of the Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity
Association (Kaos GL) and of the Armagi Women Acadamy, talked about the
concept of law: “Law is not solely a way to establish justice, it is an
ideological system used by the political power to reach their aims. We
are all part of that power. We even foster the power at the points
where we are opposing it. When we know how we became a part of that
process, we must also know how to establish a transforming opposition”.

Sociologist Nazlı Okten furthermore talked on the theory of social
contract. Faculty member Zeynep Direk gave a speech in the second
session on “Science and Activism”. (CT/VK)

From: A. Papazian

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