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Turkey’s Nedim Türfent: 800 days behind bars

Today marks the 800th day of Turkish-Kurdish journalist Nedim Türfent’s incarceration. Türfent, a photojournalist with the now-shuttered Dicle News Agency, was arrested on May 12, 2016 following his journalistic coverage of a Turkish military operation against a group of Kurdish workers. The article in question and the accompanying photographs showed around 50 Kurdish construction workers […]

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Turkey’s emergency rule leaves devastating legacy

Since the attempted coup of July 16, 2016, civil society and the legal landscape in Turkey have been drastically altered by the issuing of hundreds of so-called “non-governmental decrees” under Turkey’s state of emergency, which ends today. The decrees have severely damaged press freedom in Turkey, ordering the closure of nearly 200 media organizations – […]

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Key MEPs join IPI letter to Erdoğan over journalist lists

Türkçesi için tıklayınız The International Press Institute (IPI) and key members of the European Parliament’s cross-party Turkey Forum have signed a letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urging him to ensure journalist safety following the publication of two separate lists targeting individual journalists. On June 26, Devlet Bahçeli, leader of the nationalist MHP party, […]

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Assault on press to outlive Turkey’s state of emergency

The state of emergency in Turkey, which has been extended seven times, is scheduled to be lifted on July 18, 2018, almost two years to the day after its initial implementation following an attempted coup that Turkey’s government has blamed on the exiled cleric Fetullah Gülen. While the move would appear to be a positive […]

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