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Censorship can’t bend the truth: IPI Turkey ad campaign

The International Press Institute (IPI) is marking December 10, Human Rights Day, with a nationwide advertising campaign in Turkey to highlight the immense challenges and threats the country’s independent media face. In recent years, the Turkish government has systematically increased pressure on media via a number of methods including judicial harassment, disproportionate laws, online attacks [...]

IPI Webinar (Dec 16): Funding Independent and Quality Journalism: A moral and practical discussion

The question of financing independent and quality journalism is as nearly old as the profession itself. Some might argue that news is a public good, and therefore, it should be free and universally accessible. The others recognize that the intensive labor and risks associated with reporting the truth render investment in media organizations as the [...]

Turkey: Court suspends ban on recording protests

The IPI global network welcomes the decision by Turkey’s Council of State to suspend a police directive banning journalists and members of the public from recording public demonstrations. The ruling is an important step toward safeguarding media coverage of protests in Turkey, which have recently been marred by cases of police violence. The Council of [...]

Turkey Trial Blog: A never-ending trial

On September 30, 2021, International Press Institute (IPI) representatives monitored the third hearing of the retrial of Erol Önderoğlu, an IPI member and the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Turkey representative, as well as his two co-defendants, Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Ahmet Nesin. They are on trial for participating in a solidarity campaign with the now-shuttered [...]

IPI Webinar (Nov 11, 2021): The Digital Media Conundrum: Can Journalism Save Democracy in the Age of Disinformation?

On the eve of a new disinformation bill to be introduced in Turkish Parliament, International Press Institute (IPI) Turkey National Committee, in partnership with the  Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul (CGC), will organize an online panel to shed light on fake news, digital echo chambers, and the impact of disinformation laws on fundamental rights and freedoms. Our distinguished panelists will share [...]

Turkey: Global appeal marks 2000 days in prison for journalist Nedim Türfent

"There are so many injustices in our country that I hesitate to make statements on such specific days. On the other hand, it is easier to shine a light on injustices, unlawfulness and unfairness through known examples. This is why I see the 2000 days imprisonment as a symbol of the greater injustice in [...]

IPI to hold its first Annual Turkey Media Symposium in Istanbul (Nov. 4-5)

The challenges facing quality and independent journalism in Turkey have never been greater. The increased political pressure on the free press, a growing number of physical and judicial attacks on journalists, censorship, and new and repressive legislation to restrict access to digital media platforms paint a bleak future for the media sector. With pro-government outlets [...]

Turkey’s press freedom crisis compounded by increasing digital censorship

Turkey’s press freedom crisis is being compounded by increasing digital censorship, a group of international press freedom, journalism and human rights groups said following a joint mission to the country this week. The government has announced plans to table a “disinformation” law that is likely to result in the further criminalization of freedom of expression [...]

IPI leads international mission to Turkey, Oct. 6 – 8, 2021

A coalition of international press freedom and journalist groups will carry out a three-day mission to Turkey this week to investigate serious, continued threats to independent journalism in the country. From October 6 to 8, mission delegates will meet in Ankara and Istanbul, as well as online, with editors, journalists, local civil society groups, Turkish [...]

Another day of extremes at Çağlayan: Journalists tried on insulting the president, coup plotting

IPI global network representatives monitored the hearings of journalists Deniz Yücel and Ahmet Sever as well as three former Zaman journalists in three separate trials on September 9 at Çağlayan Courthouse in Istanbul. Below are the observations from IPI representatives on the September 9 hearings. September 9, 2021 Deniz Yücel and Ahmet Sever September 9, [...]