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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 [...]

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 [...]