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IPI renews call on Turkey to release journalists amid pandemic

The International Press Institute (IPI) today reiterated its call on Turkish authorities to release journalists from prison who were excluded from the most recent parole law passed in April. The parole law enabled the immediate release of up to 90,000 inmates in order to relieve overcrowded prisons during the pandemic. Journalists and other political prisoners […]

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Turkey bans Halk TV after interview with opposition politician

The International Press Institute (IPI) today condemned the temporary broadcast ban on Halk TV imposed by the Turkish Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) over the station’s critical coverage and called for an end to the harassment of media in Turkey. On Thursday, Halk TV, a prominent channel independent of the Turkish government’s control, was […]

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IPI Turkey Webinar: The importance of independent media in beating the pandemic (May 3, 2020)

• At least 90 journalists remain in jail in Turkey • A new parole law excluded jailed journalists and politicians from release, risking lives of hundreds amid COVID-19 • All judicial proceedings suspended in April due to pandemic • New efforts to stifle print and online media coverage of COVID-19 The International Press Institute (IPI) is hosting […]

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Turkey parole law releases thousands of prisoners – but excludes journalists

On April 14, after a week of parliamentary debate, the Turkish government passed a new “criminal enforcement” law that is expected to see up to 90,000 inmates released in order to relieve overcrowded prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, an International Press Institute (IPI) review of the law shows that it excludes prisoners sentenced for […]

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