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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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Turkish journalists march to ‘stand up for journalism’

Turkish journalists marked World Press Freedom Day on Sunday with a march calling for people to “stand up for journalism”, saying that the fight for press freedom is “the struggle of every citizen that misses a free and democratic Turkey”. “[F]reedom is the oxygen of journalism, and free journalism is the assurance of democracy”, prominent […]

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IPI special report finds ‘Democracy at Risk’ in Turkey

Turkish authorities’ failure to safeguard – and, in some cases, their active steps to undermine – the right to share and receive information has led to serious deficiencies in the country’s democracy, placing its future at serious risk, a special report released today by the International Press Institute (IPI) concludes. The report, “Democracy at Risk” […]

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Istanbul court extends columnist Baransu’s detention

The International Press Institute (IPI) today condemned the ongoing detention in Turkey of Mehmet Baransu, a columnist for daily newspaper Taraf. A court in Istanbul yesterday declined a request to release Baransu, who has been held since March 1 on allegations that he procured, publicised and then destroyed documents related to the Turkish state’s interests […]

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