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#MemberComment: the Cumhuriyet trial and Turkey’s criminalisation of journalism

The week of July 24, we witnessed the start of one of the most ridiculous trials of all time. It was the first hearing of the Cumhuriyet case, which, by the end of the week, led to the release of seven imprisoned employees of the daily. But Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Murat Sabuncu, IPI Executive Board Member […]

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IPI urges Spain to free journalist held on Turkey warrant

Spain should immediately release a dual Turkish-Swedish writer and journalist arrested in Barcelona on an Interpol warrant issued by Turkey, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today, calling it “a troubling new nadir in the Turkish government’s ongoing efforts to criminalise journalism”. Authorities detained Hamza Yalçin, 59, on Aug. 3 at Barcelona’s airport as he […]

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Turkey court orders seven Cumhuriyet journalists freed

A coalition of international free expression groups and professional journalist organizations today welcomed a ruling by a court in Istanbul freeing seven of 11 journalists held nearly nine months in a criminal case targeting independent daily Cumhuriyet. But they expressed deep concerns over the case, saying it should not have been brought, and demanded the […]

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Cumhuriyet trial draws attention of international media

The ongoing trial of journalists and executives with Turkey’s last major critical newspaper has received an abundance of international criticism and media coverage. This week, International Press Institute (IPI), together with other leading international free expression groups as well as international journalists and European Parliament members, travelled to Istanbul to observe the trial, in which 17 […]

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