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20 July 2017 |

Turkey: A year of emergency measures, a year of global solidarity

Turkey: A year of emergency measures, a year of global solidarity The defeat of the attempted coup a year ago should have been a triumph for Turkish democracy. Instead, it ushered in one of the most wide-ranging assaults on freedom of expression in living memory.
18 July 2017 |

IFEX strongly condemns charges against 10 HRDs

IFEX strongly condemns charges against 10 HRDs There is no sense to the arrest of 10 human rights defenders in Turkey. Training workshops are routine and essential components of the work that human rights defenders do, in Turkey and around the world.
6 July 2017 |

A new low: Turkey detains eight human rights defenders

A new low: Turkey detains eight human rights defenders Turkey arrests eight human rights defenders, including Amnesty's Turkey Director İdil Eser, in connection to a terrorism investigation.
2 May 2017 |

A letter to the world's biggest jailer of journalists

A letter to the world's biggest jailer of journalists During World Press Freedom Day, IFEX lets Turkey know that becoming the world's biggest jailer of journalists is not an accomplishment to be proud of.
7 March 2017 |

Nadire Mater's conviction is Turkey's attempt to silence dissent

Nadire Mater's conviction is Turkey's attempt to silence dissent Mater's suspended sentence after an "unlawful trial" is one way Turkey's government is trying to silence its critics.
9 February 2017 |

Is civil disobedience a “moral responsibility” in Turkey?

Is civil disobedience a “moral responsibility” in Turkey? How three courageous solidarity campaigns are showing the way when it comes to resisting suppression in Turkey.
13 January 2017 |

Şanar Yurdatapan sentence: "Legal" censorship

Şanar Yurdatapan sentence: IFEX condemns the conviction of IFEX member spokesperson Şanar Yurdapatan as a an attempt to silence him for the next two years.
5 January 2017 |

Turkey's state of emergency puts Kurdish theatre in a chokehold

Turkey's state of emergency puts Kurdish theatre in a chokehold When the municipalities of Diyarbakır, Batman and Hakkari, all run by the Kurdish opposition party, were seized by the Turkish government under state of emergency rule, one thing the appointed trustees all made sure of was to take municipal theatres out of operation.
21 December 2016 |

Zehra Doğan, artist, journalist and activist released pending trial

Zehra Doğan, artist, journalist and activist released pending trial On 9 December 2016, Zehra Doğan was freed from Mardin Women’s Prison where she had been held since July, charged with membership and propaganda for a terrorist organisation. But there is little to celebrate. Her trial opens in February 2017, and, if convicted she could spend years more in prison.
13 December 2016 |

Report: No space for peace talk in Turkey's state of emergency

Report: No space for peace talk in Turkey's state of emergency As Turkey increasingly silences free expression during its state of emergency, pressure intensifies for Kurdish writers and artists.
14 September 2016 |

A Turkish teacher's plea

A Turkish teacher's plea A call for more media attention on violence and starvation during a popular talk show got a Turkish teacher charged with "terrorist propaganda". Thirty of her "accomplices" were quick to defend her.
12 August 2016 |

How governments chip away at rights defenders' freedom and spirit

How governments chip away at rights defenders' freedom and spirit Jail sentences, torture and disappearances make the headlines. But, as rights defenders in Bahrain, Egypt and Turkey have found out, other forms of harassment can leave deep scars too.
7 July 2016 |

Media, human rights groups urge Obama and Trudeau to call for charges against Turkish journalists to be dropped

Media, human rights groups urge Obama and Trudeau to call for charges against Turkish journalists to be dropped Media and human rights groups join Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in asking Canada and the United States to call for charges against RSF's Turkey representative Erol Önderoglu to be dropped ahead of the NATO summit.
22 June 2016 |

Message to Turkey: All of IFEX is behind our member Erol Önderoglu

Message to Turkey: All of IFEX is behind our member Erol Önderoglu IFEX members from around the world express their solidarity through statements and social media.
7 March 2014 |

Turkish women's rights advocate Eren Keskin on her life's work and the problem of impunity

Turkish women's rights advocate Eren Keskin on her life's work and the problem of impunity Eren Keskin has faced attempts on her life, imprisonment, harassment from public figures and anonymous death threats for her work defending the rights of women subjected to violence in Turkey.
30 July 2013 |

Gallery: Standing Still action for Turkey in 7 cities worldwide

Gallery: Standing Still action for Turkey in 7 cities worldwide People in 7 countries stood still for 7 minutes in solidarity with 7 people who died during protests in Turkey. See photos from Brussels, Bucharest, Caracas, Geneva, London, New York and Toronto.
19 January 2012 |

Justice not served in Hrant Dink's case

Justice not served in Hrant Dink's case A Turkish court this week sentenced a man to life in prison for inciting the murder of prominent ethnic Armenian journalist Hrant Dink five years ago, but cleared all 19 suspects of belonging to a terrorist organisation, reports IFEX member in Turkey the IPS Communication Foundation (BIANET), along with other IFEX members.
21 December 2011 |

Morning raids sweep up pro-Kurdish journalists nationwide

At least 25 journalists were among more than 40 people arrested in a nationwide sweep in Turkey yesterday, allegedly for having links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), report the IPS Communication Foundation (BIANET), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The arrests bring the number of journalists in Turkish jails to more than 90, making Turkey one of the world's worst for detaining journalists, says BIANET.
30 November 2011 |

Delegation of free expression organisations witnesses political trial

Delegation of free expression organisations witnesses political trial As the trial began for 10 journalists accused of an anti-government conspiracy, free expression organisations visited Turkey to witness the case and investigate the deteriorating state of press freedom, which has led to a total of 64 imprisoned journalists, say IFEX members.
2 November 2011 |

Dozens arrested in government crackdown on free speech

A professor and a well-known publisher and his son were arrested as part of a recent crackdown on dissent and free speech, report the IPS Communication Foundation (BIANET), Initiative for Freedom of Expression (Antenna-TR) and other IFEX members. Around 50 people have been detained in the past week.


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