Turkey - Reports
World Press Freedom Day passed with 95 journalists behind bars.
BIANET laments the poor state of press freedom in the country and says that recent judicial reforms that label some press crimes as "terrorism" will make the situation worse.
The updated figure appears to confirm Turkey, an OSCE member state and candidate for membership in the European Union, as one of the world’s leading jailers of journalists – by some accounts ahead even of notorious press-freedom offenders Iran and China.
In 2011, journalism and rights organisations in Turkey and worldwide urged for the release of imprisoned journalists, called for the abrogation of the Anti-Terror Law, observed trial hearings and requested amendments to lengthy detention periods, says a new BIANET report.
A total of 104 journalists and 30 media workers were imprisoned in 2011, says BIANET, a large jump from 30 journalists in 2010.
BIANET outlines the press freedom violations that took place from July to September 2011.
BIANET outlines the press freedom violations that took place from April to July 2011.
Nese Düzel and Adnan Demir are being prosecuted for two April 2010 reports containing interviews with former PKK leaders Zübeyir Aydar and Remzi Kartal.
According to the report, by 31 March 2011, five journalists were in prison for their writings, and another 42 press members were imprisoned for involvement in operations like "Ergenekon" and other major trials and investigations.
According to BIANET's 2010 report, 220 people, including 104 journalists, were tried in court on free expression related charges in 2010.
According to the report, 220 people, 104 of whom are journalists, stood trial in 2010 in cases linked to freedom of thought or expression.
According to the report by the Independent Communication Network (BIA) Media Monitoring Desk, the judiciary persecutes independent media and media that voice different opinions on the "Kurdish Problem". Its justification is: "fighting against terrorism."
In the third quarter of 2010, six journalists were in jail because of their writings, the number of people tried under the Anti-Terror Law rose and Turkey was found guilty by the European Court of Human Rights of violating freedom of expression and the right to life in relation to the trial for the murder of journalist Hrant Dink.
"Allowing laws clearly aimed at terrorism to be used against demonstrators inflicts immense damage on free expression, assembly, and association in Turkey," says Human Rights Watch.
In the second quarter of 2010, the number of people charged with crimes for freedom of expression has doubled compared to the same period last year. The number of suspects under the anti-terrorism law have increased fivefold. As the war intensifies, freedom of expression weakens.
The government and the higher judiciary seem to be allies, as far as the undermining of press freedom and freedom of expression are concerned, says the report.
According to the second quarterly BIA Media Monitoring Report, 125 people, 57 of them journalists, were on trial between April and June 2009.