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Turkey finance authorities raid broadcasting houses’ owner

Reports that authorities in Turkey this morning raided offices of the corporate owner of two opposition broadcasters, and that a magistrate has approved a similar raid on the broadcasters themselves, are ‘extremely troubling’, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today. Turkish media reported that agents from Turkey’s Financial Crime Investigation Board (MASAK) raided the Ankara […]

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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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