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March 31, 2020

The final report covers data of 319 hearings covering 169 cases (involving 219 separate charges) monitored in 15 cities across Turkey between February 26, 2019 and March 6, 2020. In 98 of the 169 cases, defendants were charged with terrorism-related offenses. A total of 89 journalists were convicted during this period. 69 of these, or 78 percent, were for terrorist-related crimes.

March 27, 2020

The data collected between January 1 and February 29, 2020 reinforce the argument that Turkish courts are failing to provide an effective domestic remedy for rights violations, the exhaustion of which is a precondition for application to the ECtHR. Journalists and others targeted for exercising freedom of expression are therefore being denied effective protection of their rights.

January 20, 2020

Report’s findings confirm the pattern of violating fundamental rights to liberty, freedom of expression and fair trial guaranteed in the Turkish Constitution, the European Convention on Human Rights and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

December 18, 2019

Turkey’s prosecutors continue to conflate journalism for terrorism propaganda making hundreds of dedicated journalists losing years fighting spurious charges

November 18, 2019

“Turkey’s Journalists in the Dock: The Judicial Silencing of the Fourth Estate” underscores the depth of Turkey’s now three-year-crackdown on the media despite the Turkish government’s attempts to distract from it.

September 25, 2019

Turkey’s courts continue to prosecute journalism while ignoring fair trial principles

July 30, 2019

Report finds no significant improvement of courts’ protection of journalists’ rights

August 5, 2019

More than three years since Turkey’s 2016 failed coup and one year after its state of emergency was lifted, the government continues its relentless and pervasive crackdown on civic space, media freedom and dissenting voices.

July 16, 2019

Report reflects over 100 interviews with journalism students and local journalists

February 11, 2019

Representatives of IPI’s secretariat observed four hearings in Istanbul in May 2019. The hearings were part of trials against journalists Hasan Cemal, Çağdaş Erdoğan and Cansu Pişkin, Kemal Karagöz and Kemal Demir

January 28, 2019

Turkish courts regularly violate journalists’ right to a fair trial, according to the preliminary results of a trial monitoring project being carried out by the Turkey-based Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) and the International Press Institute(IPI), a global network of editors, media executive and leading journalists for press freedom.