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EU Parliament highlights media freedom crackdown in Turkey accession vote

In a serious political blow to Turkey, the European Parliament voted on March 13 to recommend a formal suspension of the country’s accession to the EU. The vote, which is a non-binding recommendation, highlights the global concerns over the violation of human rights, media freedom and the rule of law in Turkey and underscores the […]

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Turkey urged to respect foreign media outlets’ independence

The International Press Institute (IPI) yesterday joined nearly 20 international freedom of expression and human rights groups in condemning Turkey for withdrawing the accreditation of two German journalists. The groups had called upon European institutions to urge Turkey to rescind the decision and restore the media credentials of ZDF Istanbul bureau chief Jörg Brase and […]

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Max Zirngast on Turkey jailing: ‘The uncertainty wears you down’

In the early hours of September 11, 2018, Austrian journalist Max Zirngast was arrested in Ankara by anti-terror police, who raided his flat and confiscated books. The 29-year-old Zirngast was jailed in Sincan prison – even though, to the best of his knowledge, he had never broken Turkish law. Days, weeks and months went by. […]

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IPI Chair visits Istanbul in solidarity with Cumhuriyet defendants

International Press Institute (IPI) Executive Board Chair Markus Spillmann today paid a solidarity visit to former journalists and executives with the secular daily Cumhuriyet whose arbitrary convictions and jail sentences were upheld by an appeals court in Turkey last month. Spillmann and IPI Turkey Advocacy Coordinator Caroline Stockford met today in Istanbul with several defendants […]

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