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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 [...]

IPI Freedom Dialogues Turkey: The “glass ceiling” in Turkey’s media

Also available on: The 16th episode of IPI’s podcast series IPI Freedom Dialogues: Turkey is out now! In the 16th episode of IPI Freedom Dialogues: Turkey, host Cansu Çamlıbel and her guest Özlem Gürses, a well-known journalist and news anchor, discussed the difficulties and problems of working [...]

IPI Trial Monitoring Blog: Several journalists tried on arbitrary charges

During the week of February 22, 2021, International Press Institute (IPI) representatives, as part of IPI’s Turkey trial monitoring programme, attended and monitored two hearings at Istanbul’s Çağlayan Courthouse where several journalists, including current or former reporters from Bloomberg News, Tele1 and Cumhuriyet, were on trial for critical coverage of the authorities. These cases are [...]

Turkey journalists sentenced for reporting on Turkish military actions in Libya

The International Press Institute (IPI) today condemned the prison sentences handed down to two journalists in Turkey, Müyesser Yıldız and İsmail Dükel, over their critical reporting on military operations of Turkish armed forces in Libya, Syria. The court sentenced Yıldız, a news editor for Oda TV to three years, seven months and ten days, and [...]

IPI strictly condemns assault on Turkish journalist Levent Gültekin

The International Press Institute (IPI) today condemned the physical assault on Levent Gültekin, a columnist and programme host at Turkey’s Halk TV, on March 8, 2021 and called on Turkish authorities to open a prompt and thorough investigation to find the assailants and hold them to account. Gültekin posted on social media that he had [...]

IPI welcomes Turkish Constitutional Court decision reversing greater state control over Anadolu news agency

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today welcomed a ruling by Turkey’s Constitutional Court blocking closer government control over the state-owned Anadolu news agency (AA). The ruling was published on February 24, 2021. AA is a state-run news agency established in 1920 with [...]

IPI Turkey Digital Media Report: ‘The New Mainstream’ Is Rising (And It Seeks Support)

International Press Institute (IPI) presents one of the most exhaustive studies on the current capacity and professional needs of digital journalism in Turkey. Prepared by IPI's Turkish National Committee Vice President Emre Kızılkaya and journalist Burak Ütücü, the 68-page report evaluates the digital impact of Turkey's independent media outlets, based on millions of data points [...]

Turkish broadcast regulator continues pattern of fining critical media

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned the latest fines issued by Turkey’s broadcast regulator against a number of television stations over content critical of the government and its allies. According to local reports, the reasons for the fines issued by the [...]