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IPI slams prosecution of Turkish papers over coverage of hostage drama

A criminal case claiming that journalists’ coverage of a deadly March 31 hostage drama in an Istanbul courthouse amounted to spreading propaganda for a terrorist organisation should be dropped immediately, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today. Turkish media reported last week that prosecutors had prepared an indictment seeking prison terms of up to 7.5 […]

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Head of IPI’s Turkish National Committee fired over tweet critical of Turkish president

The International Press Institute (IPI) and its affiliate South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) said today that they were deeply troubled by the firing of IPI Turkish National Committee President Kadri Gürsel from his position as a columnist at Milliyet newspaper over a tweet critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Gürsel was informed yesterday by […]

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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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