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Turkey: Freedom of the press and expression groups condemn broadcast regulator’s silencing of Açık Radyo

The International Press Institute (IPI) and the undersigned freedom of the press and expression organizations condemn the decision by Turkey’s broadcast regulator to revoke the license of independent radio station Açık Radyo. We call on the authorities in Turkey to uphold their obligations to protect press freedom and freedom of expression in line with the [...]

The EU must do more to prioritise protecting media freedom and human rights in Türkiye

The undersigned media freedom, human rights and journalists’ groups call on the new European Commission and the new European Parliament to strengthen their commitment to protecting journalists’ rights and freedom of expression in their relations with Türkiye. Relations between the European Union and Türkiye have been at an impasse for several years with Türkiye occupying [...]

IPI General Assembly Resolution: Calling for protection of journalists in Gaza, unimpeded access by international media

The members of the International Press Institute (IPI), meeting at their 73nd annual General Assembly during the IPI World Congress on May 23, 2024 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, adopted by vote a resolution calling on Israel and the international community to take immediate measures to protect the safety of all journalists in Gaza. We [...]

IPI General Assembly Resolution: States must act to protect environmental and climate journalism

The members of the International Press Institute (IPI), meeting at their 73nd annual General Assembly during the IPI World Congress on May 23, 2024 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina adopted by unanimous vote a resolution calling on states to ensure robust, independent news reporting and access to information on the environment and the climate crisis [...]

Turkey: International Media Freedom and Human Rights Organisations Condemn Alarming Surge in Arrests of Kurdish Journalists

The International Press Institute (IPI), Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) and 26 press freedom, freedom of expression and human rights organizations vehemently condemn the arrest of three Kurdish journalists last week. We call upon the authorities of Turkey to uphold their commitment to press freedom and release the detained journalists immediately. Turkey must abide [...]

Turkey Online Master Class: Movies without Pictures – Storytelling for Podcast Series (April 29, 2024)

How to craft a podcast series that captivates audiences as they are watching a movie full of twists and turns? George Lavender, the Head of Creative Production, Limited Series at Wondery, will share his experience in tailoring narrative for creative audio formats. Join us for "Movies without Pictures," to hear from the Emmy award-winning journalist [...]

Turkey: Journalists faced obstruction and violence following local elections

The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, journalists, and media executives for press freedom, condemns a series of attacks on the press in Turkey around the country’s March 31 municipal elections. Authorities in Turkey must protect and defend the right of journalists to freely cover elections and their outcomes. Journalists play a [...]

Turkey: Big tech should protect free speech and resist state censorship

Ahead of Türkiye’s municipal elections on 31 March 2024, ARTICLE 19, Human Rights Watch and 19 rights groups and journalists’ organisations jointly call on social media platforms to uphold the free expression rights of their users and resist state censorship. They should also fully disclose all government requests to restrict accounts or content, and be [...]

Turkey: International Media Freedom and Human Rights Organisations Demand Release of Journalist Dicle Müftüoğlu in Upcoming Trial

As the next hearing of journalist Dicle Müftüoğlu approaches on February 29, 2024, we call for immediate attention to her case and her unjust detention. Müftüoğlu, Co-Chair of the Dicle Fırat Journalists Association (DFGD) , has been wrongfully held for over nine months on unsubstantiated terrorism charges in a case that starkly violates international legal [...]

‘We’ve normalized the threats’: bianet editor Evrim Kepenek on online harassment of women journalists in Turkey

As the Republic of Turkey celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2023, last year also marked a year of investigations, detentions, lawsuits, arrests, violence and self-censorship for Turkey’s journalists. According to data from the International Press Institute (IPI), in 2023, there were more than 300 cases of journalists on trial in Turkey.  At least 37 different [...]