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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.
19 January 2016 |

Profile: Rakel Dink

Profile: Rakel Dink Rakel Dink is the widow of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. She is the founder of the Hrant Dink Foundation, whose mission is to end discrimination of all kinds and to promote inter-cultural dialogue.
5 November 2015 |

Pinar Selek: A most peculiar trial

Pinar Selek: A most peculiar trial Sociologist Pinar Selek has worked with Turkey's most marginalised communities. As a reward, the government has put her through one of the most perplexing trials in recent Turkish history.
20 August 2015 |

Profile: Eren Keskin

Profile: Eren Keskin For more than three decades, Eren Keskin, lawyer and advocate for women’s and minority rights, has suffered numerous trials, spent time in prison, lived under threat and, twice, attempts on her life.
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.
9 March 2011 |

IFEX members join thousands protesting detention of journalists

IFEX members join thousands protesting detention of journalists Thousands of people protested in Turkey on 4 March calling for an end to the repression of Turkish journalists in reaction to last week's detention of at least nine journalists and writers for their alleged links to the "Ergenekon" coup plots, report local IFEX members IPS Communication Foundation (BIANET) and the Initiative for Freedom of Expression (Antenna-TR), as well as other IFEX members.
12 January 2011 |

Kurdish editor gets 138 years

Kurdish editor gets 138 years Turkey continues to use jail sentences to silence Kurds, handing down an outlandish prison sentence of 138 years to the former editorial manager of Turkey's only Kurdish daily on charges of "spreading propaganda for the PKK", the militant Kurdistan Workers Party, report IPS Communication Foundation (BIANET), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
20 October 2010 |

Jail time used to silence Kurds

Despite the Turkish Prime Minister's renewed interest in a permanent peace with the country's Kurdish population, anyone who speaks out on behalf of the ethnic minority continues to be faced with incredible jail sentences, report the IPS Communication Foundation (BIANET) and other news sources.
20 October 2010 |

Russian magazine editor wins IPA's Freedom to Publish Prize

Russian magazine editor wins IPA's Freedom to Publish Prize A Russian editor who has valiantly addressed the conflicts in the Caucasus - despite a recent kidnapping attempt - is this year's winner of the International Publisher Association (IPA) Freedom to Publish Prize. Israpil Shovkhalov, editor-in-chief of the quarterly magazine "Dosh", won the 2010 prize for his "exemplary courage in upholding freedom to publish." A special award will also go to Turkish publisher Irfan Sanci.
11 August 2010 |

BIANET honoured with press freedom prize

The Journalists Association of Turkey (TGC) has honoured IPS Communication Foundation (BIANET) with a Prize for Press Freedom for "its work in the field of alternative and rights-based journalism and for its efforts in the fields of developing democracy, the right to be informed and establishing greater awareness among the public." BIANET used the opportunity to emphasise that the number of Turkish people facing sanctions under the Anti-Terror Law is rising every day, adding that 45 journalists are currently detained under allegations of having committed crimes on behalf of an illegal organisation in the scope of their journalistic work.
28 July 2010 |

Government shuts down access to YouTube; citizens protest Internet restrictions

Turkish Internet law permits authorities to block access to thousands of websites. After blocking access to YouTube in 2008, the Turkish government recently shut down 44 IP addresses that offered alternative ways to access the Google-owned video-sharing website, report the IPS Communication Foundation (BIANET) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). In response, two thousand people took to the street in protest against Internet restrictions.
16 June 2010 |

Two acquitted while free expression violations pile up

Critical journalists, writers and opposition voices in Turkey are being gagged by a barrage of threats. They are facing long prison sentences simply for reporting on any content linked to the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), say the IPS Communication Foundation (BIANET) and other IFEX members. Free expression and press freedom violations also include speaking the Kurdish language, carrying out investigative reports critical of private sector companies, and anti-terror laws used to imprison journalists. But amid all the violations, a prominent publisher and an author were acquitted in separate cases.
9 June 2010 |

Journalists on raided flotilla speak out; one journalist killed in attack

In the aftermath of Israel's raid on the flotilla delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza on 31 May, journalists released from custody are providing first-hand accounts of abuse, interrogation and confiscation of equipment by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). One journalist was killed in the deadly attack. Meanwhile, Israeli authorities have edited and distributed portions of video footage taken from foreign journalists.
19 May 2010 |

Editor sentenced to 166 years in prison

A Turkish newspaper editor accused of being a member of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was sentenced to 166 years and six months in prison on 13 May, and charged with spreading PKK propaganda, report the IPS Communication Foundation (BIANET) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). He had been facing an equally absurd 525 years in prison. The disturbing sentence comes on the heels of a new BIANET media monitoring report, which reveals that 216 people, including 69 journalists, were tried in free expression-related cases during the first three months of 2010.


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