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Turkey: Regulator must not use license powers to pressure international media

The decision by Turkey’s Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) requesting several international news outlets to file a broadcast license application must not lead to further harassment of media, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today. As the regulator has a proven pattern of harassing independent media over critical coverage of the government and its [...]

Appeals court upholds sentences against five Turkey journalists for reporting on intelligence officer’s funeral

The IPI global network condemned today a ruling by an appeals court in Turkey upholding sentences against five journalists who allegedly “revealed” the name of a Turkish national intelligence (MIT) officer after reporting on his funeral. In September 2020, the five journalists were sentenced to various prison terms by a local court. Ferhat Çelik; Aydın [...]

27 international groups call on Turkey to release Sedef Kabaş

The International Press Institute and 26 undersigned human rights and journalists’ organizations call for the immediate release of journalist Sedef Kabaş following her late-night arrest on January 22 and for an end to the judicial harassment of independent media. On January 22, Kabaş was detained during a midnight police raid in Istanbul following critical comments [...]

The current state of local media in Turkey: MEDAR 2021 Report

The International Press Institute (IPI) re-publishes the findings of "The Local Media Database Research" conducted by the Media Research Association (MEDAR) in 2021. See the initial findings below. The first census research examining local media in Turkey, "The Local Media Database Research", has been published by the Media Research Association (MEDAR) with the support of the [...]

IPI: At least 241 journalists faced trial in Turkey in 2021 – nearly half on terrorism charges

The year 2021 saw the continued persecution of the free press in Turkey. IPI documented the trials of 241 journalists last year, of whom 28 were convicted. The vast majority of open cases were adjourned into the new year, part of the cycle of never-ending judicial harassment. SEE THE FULL FACTSHEET The International Press Institute [...]

Turkey: Two journalists violently detained while covering student demonstration

The IPI global network condemns the intimidation and violence used by the Turkish police against two female journalists who were covering a demonstration in Istanbul. Journalists must be free to cover protests in public places. IPI urges Turkish authorities to take immediate steps to end police aggression against journalists and hold those responsible for such [...]

IPI calls for release of Turkey journalist Sedef Kabaş

The IPI global network and IPI’s Turkey National Committee call for the immediate release of Turkish journalist and author Sedef Kabaş, who was arrested over the weekend on charges of “insulting the president”. On January 22, Kabaş was detained during a midnight police raid following critical comments she made about Turkish President Erdoğan on a [...]

Turkey journalist threatened after reporting on student’s suicide

The IPI global network today condemned threats against Turkish journalist Faik Akgün and the newspaper Günışığı, based in the central Anatolian city of Elazığ, after the newspaper published a report on the suicide of a university student. IPI calls on Turkish authorities to protect Akgün and the newspaper against any threats targeting journalist safety and [...]

IPI marks Working Journalists Day in Turkey as trials against journalists continue

Turkey marks today, January 10, as Working Journalists Day – an occasion that has become even more symbolic and important given that many journalists have lost their jobs due to the pandemic in the last two years. Moreover, those who continue to carry out their profession, whether as a staff journalist or as a freelancer, [...]

Turkey Trial Blog: A newspaper is on trial – and on so many levels

International Press Institute (IPI) representatives monitored the December 1 hearing of four Cumhuriyet journalists and editors on trial for reporting on illegal construction carried out on a property rented by Presidential Office Communications Director Fahrettin Altun. IPI representatives showed their solidarity with the journalists, as did representatives of many other international and local journalists associations, [...]