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IPI monitoring: At least 227 journalists faced trial in Turkey in 2022

The judicial harassment of journalists in Turkey continued in 2022. Over the course of the year, 227 journalists faced trial and at least 53 of them were sentenced to prison or fined, according to International Press Institute (IPI) data. Meanwhile, the cycle of never-ending harassment moves into 2023 with seventy-eight percent of open cases adjourned […]

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Turkey: Journalist arrested on terrorism charges in a case under confidentiality order

The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, journalists, and media executives for press freedom, condemns the arrest of freelance journalist Sezgin Kartal in Turkey on January 13 and demands his immediate release. Kartal was detained on January 10, which is marked in Turkey as “Working Journalists Day”, during a raid on his […]

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Turkey Trial Blog: Acquittal of freelance journalists hints at power of solidarity

On December 20, 2022, International Press Institute (IPI) representatives attended the final hearing in the trial of freelance journalist Sezgin Kartal, who was acquitted of the charges of “insult via audio, visual or written content” following a complaint by Fuat Uğur, a columnist for the pro-government outlet Türkiye Newspaper. Kartal was charged with “insult” after […]

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I’m a Russian journalist who fled to Turkey. This is my story.

Why and how we left Russia My wife and I started freelancing back in 2017, when the last independent media outlet in the Perm region ceased to be independent. We went into complete obscurity, not really understanding how we would get by. Being a freelance journalist with three children in Russia is tantamount to financial […]

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