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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 [...]

IPI Turkey Master Class Recap: “Innovation in Journalism” with Aron Pilhofer of News Catalyst

On June 6, International Press Institute (IPI) in collaboration with its Turkey National Committee launched the Master Class series “Turkey Digital News Accelerator 2022” to bring 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 an experienced journalist [...]

IPI Freedom Dialogues Turkey : Responsibility of the media in climate crisis

Also available on: The 21st episode of IPI’s podcast series IPI Freedom Dialogues: Turkey is out now! In the 21st episode of the IPI Freedom Dialogues podcast, journalist Cansu Çamlıbel and her guest Ömer Madra, a climate activist and one of the founders of Açık Radio (Open [...]

IPI Trial Monitoring Blog: Kurdish journalist acquitted of “membership of a terrorist organization”

On October 12, 2021, International Press Institute (IPI) representative attended and monitored the trial of Kurdish journalist Ruşen Takva at the Van 5thHigh Criminal Court as part of IPI’s Turkey trial monitoring programme. Joined by a representative of the British Embassy in Ankara, the IPI delegation travelled to the eastern border city of Van to [...]

Turkish Cypriot journalist banned from entering Turkey

  The International Press Institute (IPI),a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned the deportation of Turkish Cypriot journalist Ali Kişmir from Turkey due to an “entry ban”. On October 10, Kişmir, the head of the Turkish Cypriot Press Trade Union, was briefly detained at Istanbul Airport and [...]

IPI condemns lawsuits against Evrensel, Birgün and Cumhuriyet newspapers by Ministry of Health official

The International Press Institute (IPI),a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned lawsuits against Turkish newspapers Evrensel, Birgün and Cumhuriyet after their reporting on a parliamentary question raising corruption allegations involving Vice Minister of Health Sabahattin Aydın. Earlier this year,opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Murat Emir submitted [...]

Turkish journalists discuss independent journalism models at IPI WoCo 2021

IPI World Congress, IPI’s biggest annual event bringing dozens of journalists, editors and publishers around the world together on a varity of discussions on independent journalism, was held this year in Vienna between September 15 and 17 as a hybrid event. In threeday-long sessions attended by dozens of journalists from various countries, a wide range [...]

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 [...]