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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 [...]

Analysis: Turkey’s judiciary and press freedom: Farewell to a fair trial

Freedom of press is one of the main requirements of a democratic society. As the public watchdog, the press greatly contributes to public debate and ensures accountability by imparting information about the actions and statements of those in power. Yet despite this crucial role, there is a rising trend of heavy interference in the freedom [...]

IPI renews its call on Turkey to withdraw the new social media law and penalties on big tech companies

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, is deeply concerned over advertising bans announced by the Turkish government this week on social media platforms including Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest. The bans come after the platforms declined to appoint local representatives under Turkey’s new social [...]

IPI urges Turkey to withdraw fine against critical newspaper over anniversary ad

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, called on Turkey’s Ministry of Trade to withdraw a fine against critical newspaper Evrensel over a television advertisement marking the newspaper’s 25th anniversary. Evrensel reported on Monday that the Ministry of Trade’s Directorate General of Consumer Protection [...]

One year later, Hürriyet’s fired journalists still fighting for due compensation

On October 30, 2019, 45 media staff, from journalists to photographers to graphic designers, woke up to written notices from the management of Hürriyet, once Turkey’s most prominent daily newspaper, informing them of their dismissals.  The move came after a year after Hürriyet was purchased by the pro-government conglomerate Demirören Group. The sale is part [...]

Turkey Trial Blog: Three journalists on trial for “targeting” police officer in Gezi reporting

On September 17, 2020, IPI attended the first hearing in Turkey of Cumhuriyet journalists Canan Coşkun and Ali Açar and BirGün reporter Can Uğur, who face criminal charges over their reporting on the investigation opened over the death of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, who died after being hit on the head by a tear gas canister [...]

Turkey reporters jailed over ‘helicopter drop’ story

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, condemned the arrest on October 9 of four journalists from Turkey’s Mezopotamya News Agency (MA) and Jinnews after they reported that two Kurdish men were allegedly dropped from a Turkish military helicopter. On September 11, the two men, [...]