Vice protests Turkey jailing of translator with online blackout

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Hany Salem (X)  Identity Verified
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why him? Oct 26, 2015

This is a very confusing issue. One government may accuse many with committing a certain crime , however , the media and the activists only get upset for a particular one. Why? This raised suspicion that what was done was by intention to do some serious harm to that government and this support is nothing but the prepared protection for that peculiar person.


B D Finch  Identity Verified
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Why? Because his employers are doing the right thing in standing up for him Dec 17, 2015

No, this is not "very confusing". To quote the Huffington Post: "Turkey is one of the world’s leading jailers of journalists, and Rasool’s imprisonment is part of a disturbing pattern in which local journalists -- often described as “fixers” for the role they play in assisting foreign correspondents -- bear the brunt of crackdowns on press freedom". In defending Mohammed Rasool, those campaigning on his behalf are also bringing attention to the cases of hundreds of others in similar situations in various countries, not just Turkey. For example, see

Journalists and interpreters are essential to providing freedom of information. It seems reasonable to assume that governments see this as a threat in direct proportion to the amount of damage they would sustain if their populations were well informed.


Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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@BD Dec 18, 2015

B D Finch wrote:
Journalists and interpreters are essential to providing freedom of information.

That may be, but journalists and interpreters who work in conflict areas are also in a position to take sides, and they sometimes do. With regard to the Vice reporter, only someone who is ignorant of what Vice commonly does would believe that the reporters were acting in a strictly neutral way. It is not a universal idea but a Western one that it is always okay for journalists to support the underdog.

Reading the reports on the release of the other two journalists it is interesting to see how Western media tend to tell a story in a way that supports their preference. It is commonly said that they were "freed" or "released", specifically after protests by any number of organisations and governments, but the fact is that they were deported, without having their charges dropped. Perhaps Mohammed Rasool would also have been deported if the government of the country where he's from had requested it (I can't find any information to confirm or deny that -- does anyone know?).

I agree that it is unfortunate that the Turkish justice system is unwilling to give reliable information about why Rasool is being held. He hasn't been charged with anything yet.


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