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IPI voices fear for future of democracy in Turkey

The International Press Institute (IPI) today said it was deeply concerned about the future of democracy in Turkey, commenting that a growing crackdown on those accused of links to last weekend’s failed coup attempt risked fully plunging the country into authoritarianism. Parliament yesterday approved a three-month state of emergency giving President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan [...]

IPI troubled by tax case targeting Turkey media owner

The International Press Institute (IPI) said today it was concerned that criminal charges brought against Aydın Doğan, a leading publisher and businessman in Turkey, could be a further attempt to silence the Doğan media group. On March 22, an Istanbul court accepted the state prosecutor’s indictment accusing Doğan, founder and honorary chairman of Doğan Holding AS, [...]

Groups condemn Turkey arrests before U.N. rights body

The International Press Institute (IPI) co-sponsored a joint statement delivered today before a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva calling on Turkey to immediately and unconditionally release Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu, journalist Ahmet Nesin and academic Şebnem Korur Fincancı. The three were arrested and charged on Monday [...]

IPI condemns Turkey’s arrest of RSF representative

The International Press Institute (IPI) today condemned Turkey’s arrest of two prominent journalists and an academic, including the local representative of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), on accusations that they supported terrorism by standing in solidarity with a pro-Kurdish newspaper. A judge in Istanbul ordered the arrests of RSF representative Erol Önderoğlu, Ahmet Nesin and [...]

#IPIWoCo2016: Award Ceremony

On the first day of the IPI World Congress in Doha, Qatar, the International Press Institute honoured Iranian journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi and the independent Turkish news platform Medyascope.tv as its 68th World Press Freedom Hero and 2016 Free Media Pioneer, respectively.

IPI: Turkey must stop violence targeting Syrian activists

The International Press Institute (IPI) today condemned the attempted assassination of a Syrian media activist operating in Turkey and renewed its calls on Turkey’s government to end a spate of violent attacks on journalists and media activists claimed by the Islamic State group. Unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle shot Ahmed Abdul-Qadir, founder of Syrian [...]

‘Major repression’ of Turkey media brought to UN Human Rights Council

The International Press Institute (IPI) and leading media freedom and free expression watchdogs have brought the ongoing deterioration of free expression in Turkey before the U.N. Human Rights Council, urging it to press Turkey’s government to end a state of “major repression”. IPI joined PEN International, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Danish PEN, [...]

IPI condemns shooting attack on Turkey journalist Can Dündar

The International Press Institute (IPI) today condemned the attempted shooting of Turkish journalist Can Dündar today outside the courthouse where he was expected to hear the verdict in a criminal case over reports claiming that Turkey’s intelligence agency secretly armed Islamist rebel groups in Syria. Dündar, editor-in-chief of daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, escaped unharmed when [...]

Prison term for Turkey journalists over Charlie Hebdo image condemned

The International Press Institute (IPI) today joined observers around the world in condemning the two-year prison sentence handed to two journalists who republished the cover of satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo featuring an image of the Prophet Muhammad. An Istanbul court convicted daily Cumhuriyet journalists Ceyda Karan and Hikmet Çetinkaya of “openly encouraging hate [...]

IPI German, Turkey Committees respond to Böhmermann case

The German government today gave the green light for prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into popular satirist Jan Böhmermann over a vulgar poem ridiculing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in granting a request by the Turkish government, underscored that Germany viewed the deteriorating situation of press freedom in Turkey [...]