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IPI Webinar (Sept 21): Combating Disinformation: Legal Reforms, Fact-checking, and Journalism

International Press Institute (IPI) Turkey National Committee, in partnership with Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, is organizing a panel on September 21, 2022, at 5:00 PM (CET) | 6:00 PM (TSİ) focusing on disinformation. Register here Journalism is undergoing major changes. Digitalization of the profession is unleashing innovative journalism practices on the one hand, enabling new forms of communication and [...]

IPI Freedom Dialogues Turkey: Turkish regulator’s broadcast ban on DW Turkish service

Also available on: The 29th episode of IPI’s podcast series IPI Freedom Dialogues: Turkey is out now! Previous episodes of IPI’s Freedom Dialogues: Turkey podcasts are available here. In this episode host Cansu Çamlıbel invites Bülent Mumay, a prominent journalist and Istanbul coordinator of Deutsche Welle’s (DW) Turkish service, to [...]

Turkey Trial Blog: Ankara journalist faces 22 years in prison based on ‘evidence’ from ‘stolen’ memory cards

On June 29, 2022, a representative of the International Press Institute (IPI) attended and monitored the trial of journalist Hayri Demir at the Ankara 15th Heavy Penal Court as part of IPI’s Turkey trial monitoring programme. Alongside IPI, Demir’s trial was also attended by representatives from the Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS), Amnesty Turkey, and [...]

Turkey: Twenty journalists including TGS leadership blacklisted by police

The International Press Institute (IPI) today joined the partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) in expressing solidarity with the twenty journalists blacklisted by the Turkish General Directorate of Security (EGM) for their writing and joined Turkey’s Journalists Union (TGS) in denouncing an apparent attempt to intimidate independent journalists and trade unionists. On [...]

IPI Turkey Master Class Recap: “Engagement and Trust in Journalism” with Lynn Walsh of Trusting News

On August 22, International Press Institute (IPI) in collaboration with its Turkey National Committee organized the second episode of the Master Class series “Turkey Digital News Accelerator 2022” which brings international experts via online and hybrid workshops on digital transition and innovations to journalists in Turkey. Gülsin Harman, a member of IPI Turkey National Committee and [...]

Turkey: IPI concerned over establishment of “Centre for Combating Disinformation”

The IPI global network of journalists, editors, and publishers is concerned by the Turkish government’s lack of transparency around a newly established “Centre for Combating Disinformation”, which the government announced recently via Twitter. Although the centre’s purpose remains unclear, the prospect of granting a government body a mandate to combat “disinformation” raises serious alarm – [...]

IPI Freedom Dialogues Turkey: Flight into exile: Russian journalism after the invasion of Ukraine

Also available on: The 28th episode of IPI’s podcast series IPI Freedom Dialogues: Turkey is out now! In the 28th episode of the IPI Freedom Dialogues podcast, journalist Cansu Çamlıbel and her guest Elizaveta Osetinskaya, Russian media entrepreneur and founder of news outlet The Bell who is [...]

Turkey: IPI calls on regulator to lift block on DW, VOA

A Turkish court has blocked the websites of Deutsche Welle (DW) and Voice of America (VOA) after the international broadcasters refused to file a license application as demanded by the Turkish government’s telecommunications regulator, RTÜK, citing a risk of censorship. IPI has previously warned that as the regulator has a proven pattern of harassing independent [...]

Turkey: Photojournalist detained, reporters assaulted while covering Istanbul Pride march

The IPI global network of journalists, editors, and publishers is concerned by reports of journalists being subjected to brute force and detention while covering the Pride march in Istanbul's central Taksim Square on June 26. We condemn the obstruction of journalistic work conducted in the public interest and call on authorities to meet their obligations [...]

IPI renews call for release of 15 Kurdish journalists in Turkey’s southeast

The International Press Institute (IPI) called today for the immediate release of 15 Kurdish journalists and one media worker arrested on June 16 on terrorism-related charges in the southeastern city of Diyarbakır. Due to restrictions imposed on the case file, case details and accusations against journalists remain unclear. However, local news reported that prosecutors questioned [...]