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IPI demands explanation after Turkey stops Mazen Darwish

The International Press Institute (IPI) today demanded an explanation from Turkish authorities after prominent Syrian journalist and human rights defender Mazen Darwish reported that he was stopped at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, struck and prevented from travelling to Doha, where he was to speak at IPI’s World Congress. Darwish said that immigration agents in Turkey accused […]

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An Internet for all, by all

Last week, Spain’s port city Valencia was home to the Internet Freedom Festival (IFF), an annual event bringing together activists, journalists and members of the technology community to discuss means and collaboration in fighting censorship and surveillance. The Festival, in accordance with its title “Joining Forces to Fight Censorship and Surveillance”, took place in a […]

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Reports say Turkey moving to seize another media group

The International Press Institute (IPI) today expressed deep concern over reports that Turkey’s government plans to take over and silence the opposition Zaman Media Group. Reports have indicated that the government has appointed a trustee to seize the group and oversee it, repeating a similar move the government made in September when it took over […]

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IPI Q&A with Ruşen Çakır of Turkey’s Medyascope.tv

Does a former auto repair shop in Istanbul hold one of the keys to overcoming years of increasing government pressure on media in Turkey and unlocking press freedom? Veteran Turkish journalist Ruşen Çakır seems to think so. Last fall he and his colleagues turned the former shop into a makeshift studio for Medyascope.tv, an independent […]

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