Read and download IPI’s latest research and data on Turkey’s press freedom situation


December 19, 2023

The International Press Institute (IPI) published the 2023 mission report „Press freedom crisis deepens amid earthquake and national elections“. Involving IPI and four other international media freedom and journalism organizations, the joint international mission focused on the challenges facing independent and critical journalism in Turkey in 2023, a year marked by the tragic February earthquakes and the parliamentary and presidential elections in May.

December 10, 2023

The International Press Institute (IPI) presents its new report on the most important developments in the 100-year-long turbulent history of Turkey’s press. Edited by Selin Uğurtaş, the report features articles on the past and future of the country’s press penned by 16 journalists and academics.

May 3, 2023

The International Press Institute (IPI) presents the new report „Throttling the Media in Crucial Election Year“ on  World Press Freedom Day 2023. The report, which has been prepared by the IPI with contributions from partner organizations that participated in the mission to Turkey in October 2022, sheds light on media crackdown and threats against journalism ahead of Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections on May 14, 2023.

May 2, 2022

The International Press Institute (IPI) warned of a further deterioration of the media freedom situation in Turkey as it launches its 2021 mission report ‘Turkey: Spectre of a Digital Lockdown’. The report, published on the eve of World Press Freedom Day 2022, examines government efforts to increase digital censorship through further control of online information in the build up to the next elections due in 2023.

March 11, 2021

International Press Institute (IPI) presents the findings from the first research into how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected independent media and independent journalists in Turkey.

March 3, 2021

International Press Institute (IPI) presents the new report „‚The New Mainstream Media‘ is Rising (And It Seeks Support)“, 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 in various mediums and metrics.

November 30, 2020

The International Press Institute (IPI) published the report “Turkey’s Journalists on the Ropes”, as the result of the joint International Press Freedom Mission to Turkey October 6-9, revealing the extent of the crackdown on media freedom and calling for concerted action by the international community to tackle Turkey’s media freedom crisis.

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.