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IPI Interview: Online attacks on women journalists in Turkey

The level of violence and oppression that journalists in Turkey face is escalating by the day – and women journalists are on the front line. After the publication of a police directive in May to prevent audiovisual reporting on protests, the number of incidents in which women journalists were physically assaulted by the police or [...]

IPI Freedom Dialogues Turkey: Why debate on foreign funding of media is part of effort to demonize free press

Also available on: The 19th episode of IPI’s podcast series IPI Freedom Dialogues: Turkey is out now! In the 19th episode of the IPI Freedom Dialogues, journalist Cansu Çamlıbel and her guest Faruk Bildirici, a prominent journalist and media ombudsman, take up recent discussions on the foreign [...]

IPI Interview: Turkey’s broadcaster regulator targets independent media

New data on fines handed down by Turkey’s Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) confirms that the regulator continues to disproportionately target critical and independent television broadcasters. The fines are a growing problem for media freedom in Turkey and clear example of regulatory capture. The data were provided to media by İlhan Taşçı, a member [...]

Turkey: Halk TV reporters attacked during live coverage of wildfires

The IPI global network condemned an attack on the live broadcast of Halk TV journalist Gökmen Karadağ in the early hours of August 6 as Karadağ was reporting from Marmaris, a city on Turkey’s southwestern coast where wildfires are currently raging. Shortly after midnight on August 6, a group of assailants targeted the broadcast, which [...]

Turkish journalists in Germany face threat from ‘execution lists’

German authorities must fully investigate the circulation of so-called “execution lists” targeting Turkish regime critics in Germany, including a number of journalists, the IPI global network said today. A German interior ministry official today said the government was examining the matter in response to a parliamentary question submitted by Left Party MP Helin Evrim Sommer. [...]

Turkey: Authorities must investigate physical attacks on journalists in Samsun and Kocaeli provinces

The International Press Institute (IPI) condemned today physical assaults against two local journalists in Turkey and called on authorities to hold those responsible to account. Both journalists were reporting on construction works carried out by the public authorities. IPI renews its call to end impunity in cases of attacks against journalists in Turkey where attackers [...]

Hrant Dink murder trial in Turkey: Justice not served

The International Press Institute (IPI) today expressed concerns about continued impunity in the 2007 murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink following a court ruling on March 26. On March 26, 2021, a first instance court in Istanbul handed down verdicts involving 76 defendants, mostly public officials, concerning Dink’s murder after more than 14 years. This [...]

IPI Analysis: Turkey’s human rights action plan vs. reality

On March 2, 2021, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced a 128-page "Human Rights Action Plan" (İnsan Hakları Eylem Planı in Turkish) consisting of nine primary objectives and 50 goals based on 11 basic principles and 393 action points to improve the implementation and protection of human rights in Turkey. The plan is to be [...]

Hrant Dink’s murder: Is delayed and incomplete justice is still justice?

International Press Institute (IPI), today called for a court ruling in the murder case of Turkish-Armenian journalist without further delay. The ruling in the case, where several public officials are being prosecuted for involvement with the killing, must serve to help end impunity and send the right message for combatting violence against journalists. Therefore, IPI [...]

IPI Turkey Webinar Recap: “Journalism Under the Shadow of the Pandemic: Turkey”

READ FULL REPORT On March 1, the International Press Institute (IPI) launched the new report “Journalism Under the Shadow of the Pandemic: Turkey” with an online event. The study, conducted by IPI Turkey National Committee member İpek Yezdani, analysed how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected independent media and journalism in Turkey based on in-depth interviews [...]