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Turkey: International groups alarmed by the targeting of journalist Alican Uludağ

The undersigned media freedom, freedom of expression and human rights organizations denounce the inflammatory rhetoric directed at Deutsche Welle (DW) Turkish service reporter Alican Uludağ by Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) officials and call on the Turkish authorities to ensure journalists’ safety. Journalists must be able to freely publish information they obtain on matters of public [...]

Turkey Online Master Class: Community and the Future of Media (October 24, 2023)

Page views and going viral are no longer a viable business strategy for journalism. Andrew Losowsky will share his approach to community building for newsrooms and how anyone can get started, no matter how small their resources are for audience engagement. Hosted by Istanbul-based journalist Gülsin Harman. English to Turkish translation will be provided. REGISTER HERE Who [...]

International mission statement: Turkey’s press freedom crisis deepens amid earthquake and national elections

Turkey’s press freedom crisis has deepened further in the last year. Journalists face steep harassment and intimidation for their work, including arbitrary imprisonment and prosecution. Those responsible for attacks and threats against the press enjoy alarming levels of impunity.  This year's parliamentary and presidential elections have brought no relief for press freedom. On the contrary, [...]

Turkey: Annual international press freedom mission to Ankara, Diyarbakır and Istanbul

Between 2 and 5 October 2023, five international media freedom organisations will conduct an annual joint press freedom mission to Ankara, Diyarbakır and Istanbul. The mission will focus on the state of media freedom, the challenges experienced by journalists, media workers and the media landscape in general in the aftermath of devastating earthquakes, and the [...]

Cyberattack on IPI: Evidence points to retaliation for press freedom work in Hungary

Since September 1, the International Press Institute (IPI) has been battling a targeted and sustained cyberattack. This attack appears to be in retaliation for our advocacy work on behalf of independent media in Hungary, who have faced a wave of similar attacks since this summer. The attack on IPI began with a series of distributed [...]

Turkey: IPI calls on regulator to lift block on VOA Turkish service

A Turkish court has blocked the website of Voice of America’s (VOA) Turkish service after the international broadcaster refused to file a license application as demanded by the Turkish government’s telecommunications regulator, RTÜK, citing a risk of censorship. The regulation requiring online broadcasters to obtain a license from RTÜK went into force on August 1, [...]

Self-reflection for better journalism

This article is part of Turkey Dispatches, a special IPI series on press freedom and the realities of practicing journalism in today’s Turkey, written by those most directly affected: Turkey’s journalists and those who defend them. As journalists, we can work more efficiently by reflecting on our daily tasks. Self-reflection can [...]

Turkey: International groups condemn fifth imprisonment order against journalist Barış Pehlivan

The undersigned media freedom, freedom of expression, human rights, and journalists’ organisations strongly condemn the latest incident of judicial harassment against journalist Barış Pehlivan and reiterate calls to the Turkish authorities to respect media freedom. On August 2, journalist Barış Pehlivan was informed via an SMS from the Ministry of Justice that he was expected [...]

Turkey: International and local groups condemn detention of journalists in Ankara, Diyarbakır, İstanbul and İzmir

The undersigned media freedom, freedom of expression and human rights organizations strongly condemn the detention of T24 editor Sibel Yükler, Mezopotamya Agency (MA) reporters Delal Akyüz and Fırat Can Arslan, bianet editor Evrim Kepenek and freelance journalist Evrim Deniz in Turkey on July 25. While four of these journalists were conditionally released, Arslan was arrested [...]

Turkey Trial Blog: Court releases 15 journalists detained for over a year in Diyarbakır

The International Press Institute (IPI) traveled to Diyarbakır, Turkey, in July 2023 to monitor the first hearing of a case in which 17 Kurdish journalists and 1 media worker – 15 of whom are currently in pre-trial detention are charged with “membership in a terrorist organization” and face a prison sentence up to 15 years. [...]