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Rally in support of Cumhuriyet journalists in Istanbul on July 24
Rally in support of Cumhuriyet journalists in Istanbul on July 24
Bertrand Hauger

Libération, July 24, 2017

Leading French daily Libération showed its support for embattled Turkish opposition daily Cumhuriyet, as a trial gets underway for 17 journalists and staff members on charges of aiding a terrorist organization.

The front page for this special Libération with Cumhuriyet edition features a cartoon — a meaningful choice of expression in light of the 2015 attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris — depicting a newspaper acting as shackles, alongside the headline: "The press according to Erdogan."

The trial is the latest in the government crackdown on press freedom in the country. An estimated 150 news outlets have been shut down in the wake of the failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on July 15, 2016.

The 17 Cumhuriyet journalists and staffers are accused of aiding the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as well as the Gülen movement, which Erdogan widely blames for the coup attempt.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

Claudia Andrade

NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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