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Turkish journalist’s house attacked after Twitter threats

The International Press Institute (IPI) condemns the attack on February 23 on Turkish columnist Memduh Bayraktaroğlu in apparent retaliation for a tweet about the chairman of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party, Devlet Bahçeli. IPI calls on Turkish authorities to investigate the attack on Bayraktaroğlu and protect the journalist from any further threats. Bayraktaroğlu’s home was attacked by […]

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Turkey: MFRR calls for swift and thorough investigation into murder of Güngör Arslan

The International Press Institute (IPI) today joins its partners in the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) in strongly condemning the murder of Güngör Arslan, the owner and managing editor of the local Ses Kocaeli newspaper in Turkey. On Saturday 19 February, Arslan was attacked in front of his office and shot in the chest and leg. He was taken to hospital, where […]

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Turkey: Regulator must not use license powers to pressure international media

The decision by Turkey’s Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) requesting several international news outlets to file a broadcast license application must not lead to further harassment of media, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today. As the regulator has a proven pattern of harassing independent media over critical coverage of the government and its […]

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Appeals court upholds sentences against five Turkey journalists for reporting on intelligence officer’s funeral

The IPI global network condemned today a ruling by an appeals court in Turkey upholding sentences against five journalists who allegedly “revealed” the name of a Turkish national intelligence (MIT) officer after reporting on his funeral. In September 2020, the five journalists were sentenced to various prison terms by a local court. Ferhat Çelik; Aydın […]

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