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Turkey court extends detentions in Cumhuriyet trial

The International Press Institute (IPI) blasted yesterday’s court ruling in Turkey extending the detention of five Cumhuriyet journalists, executives and staff another two weeks, and renewed calls for their release. Judges in a courtroom inside the high-security Silivri prison complex on the outskirts of Istanbul, where four of the five have been held since last [...]

IPI to monitor Sept 11 proceedings in Cumhuriyet trial

Representatives of the International Press Institute (IPI) will be in Turkey again this week to monitor proceedings in the trial targeting journalists and executives from independent daily newspaper Cumhuriyet on accusations that its reporting lent support to terrorists. READ FULL STORY ON IPI WEBSITE  

#MemberComment: the Cumhuriyet trial and Turkey’s criminalisation of journalism

The week of July 24, we witnessed the start of one of the most ridiculous trials of all time. It was the first hearing of the Cumhuriyet case, which, by the end of the week, led to the release of seven imprisoned employees of the daily. But Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Murat Sabuncu, IPI Executive Board Member [...]

IPI urges Spain to free journalist held on Turkey warrant

Spain should immediately release a dual Turkish-Swedish writer and journalist arrested in Barcelona on an Interpol warrant issued by Turkey, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today, calling it “a troubling new nadir in the Turkish government’s ongoing efforts to criminalise journalism”. Authorities detained Hamza Yalçin, 59, on Aug. 3 at Barcelona’s airport as he [...]

Turkey court orders seven Cumhuriyet journalists freed

A coalition of international free expression groups and professional journalist organizations today welcomed a ruling by a court in Istanbul freeing seven of 11 journalists held nearly nine months in a criminal case targeting independent daily Cumhuriyet. But they expressed deep concerns over the case, saying it should not have been brought, and demanded the [...]

Cumhuriyet trial draws attention of international media

The ongoing trial of journalists and executives with Turkey’s last major critical newspaper has received an abundance of international criticism and media coverage. This week, International Press Institute (IPI), together with other leading international free expression groups as well as international journalists and European Parliament members, travelled to Istanbul to observe the trial, in which 17 [...]

Kadri Gürsel’s defence: Charges against me defy logic

Cumhuriyet columnist and IPI Board Member Kadri Gürsel delivering a stirring defence of the rights of journalists on Monday as he stood in court to face sham charges of aiding terrorism. Gürsel, who faces up to 15 years in prison, is one of 17 prominent Cumhuriyet journalists and executives on trial this week in Istanbul's [...]

Cumhuriyet trial Day Two: Defendants push back against “lawless” indictment

The International Press Institute (IPI), together with other leading international free expression groups as well as international journalists, today continued observing the trial against journalists and staff of Turkey’s last major critical newspaper. Extremely important solidarity in Istanbul for #pressfreedom #cumhuriyet17 @EFJEUROPE @ECPMF https://t.co/6CnRTRxidn — Mogens B. Bjerregård (@mogensbb) July 25, 2017 This morning, international [...]

Cumhuriyet trial Day One: International observers slam “bogus” charges

The International Press Institute (IPI) today joined other leading international free expression groups as well as international journalists and European Parliament members in observing the start of a major trial against journalists with Turkey's last major critical newspaper. The 17 journalists and executives with the secular daily Cumhuriyet - some of whom face up to [...]

Cumhuriyet trial: Background and Resources

Representatives from international free expression groups and professional organisations gathered in Istanbul on July 24 to monitor the trial of 17 journalists and executives from the newspaper Cumhuriyet on accusations that its reporting lent support to terrorists. Prosecutors are demanding prison terms of up to 43 years for the defendants on charges that include “helping an [...]