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Turkey high court tosses journalist’s ‘insult’ prison sentence

A ruling yesterday by Turkey’s Constitutional Court that a journalist’s suspended prison sentence for “insulting” public officials via the media violated the freedom of expression is a positive development, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today. But IPI added that the true test of the impact of the decision, which cited rulings by the European […]

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Q&A with Turkish journalist Canan Coşkun

A Turkish journalist faces more than 23 years in prison on charges of “insulting public officials over their duties” for her report alleging that top judicial officials were able to buy discounted residences from a public real estate company. Daily Cumhuriyet reporter Canan Coşkun reported claims that a lottery to select homebuyers for a housing project in […]

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IPI board blasts Turkey’s Erdogan over ‘death threat’ claim

Members of the International Press Institute (IPI)’s Executive Board today called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his supporters in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to immediately halt a disingenuous campaign of vilification against the Doğan Media Group and its daily newspaper Hürriyet that has raged this week. The president and his […]

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Turkey moves to silence media ahead of election

A proposal by Turkish officials to prohibit critical media from using state satellite broadcasting infrastructure just as the country is nearing general elections would amount to censorship, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today. Turkish media reported that Ankara public prosecutor Serdar Coşkun, head of the Bureau for Crimes against the Constitutional Order, wrote to […]

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