Category Archives: Internet Freedom

Celebrate Dündar and Gül’s release, but recognize broader attack on press freedoms

With a ruling by Turkey’s Constitutional Court, journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül have been released from pre-trial detention in a case that potentially could have resulted in terms of life in prison.

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Amnesty: Freedom of Expression in Turkey Deteriorates in 2015

“Countless unfair criminal prosecutions, including under criminal defamation and anti-terrorism laws, targeted political activists, journalists and others critical of public officials or government policy. Ordinary citizens were frequently brought before the courts for social media posts.”  That’s the grim portrait … Continue reading

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Join Amnesty’s call for Justice in the Murder of Tahir Elci

Abdi Ipekci.  Uğur Mumcu.  Hrant Dink. And then, on November 28 of this year, Tahir Elçi. The murder of journalists and human rights defenders in Turkey has a long and tragic history.  More often than not, the circumstances of the … Continue reading

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The troubling message of this week’s internet bans in Turkey

The ban, earlier this week, of of facebook, twitter, and youtube, along with a threatened ban of google proved to be short lasting.  The chilling message the ban sends regarding freedom of expression in Turkey is nonetheless deeply disturbing. “The … Continue reading

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Turkey again blocks social media

A Turkish court order has again blocked major social media tools today, citing publication of images from last week’s attack on an Istanbul courthouse DHKP-C.  Access to facebook, twitter, and youtube have reportedly been blocked throughout the country. The current … Continue reading

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Amnesty on Turkey’s Worsening Human Rights Record: 11 Key Issues

At midnight tonight, Amnesty International issued its Annual Report, The State of the World’s Human Rights.  There is grim reading throughout.  This was a tough year for human rights worldwide. Below I’ll try to outline the main issues that Amnesty … Continue reading

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As another child dies in Eastern Turkey: “Silence equals Death”

Today, I won’t be writing about Turkey’s horrid response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks and their aftermath today.  Enough ink has been spilled about the crocodile tears spilt by Prime Minister Davutoglu in Paris as he stood in defense of … Continue reading

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Erdogan proclaims Turkey’s press “freest in world” as harassment of journalists intensifies

terrorism police just searched my house, team of 8 guys. they take me to the station now. charge: 'propaganda for terrorist organization' — Frederike Geerdink (@fgeerdink) January 6, 2015 Without even a trace of a smile, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip … Continue reading

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“Twitter Trial” in Izmir

Coming in the context of repeated efforts by the Turkish government to block social media outlets, the next hearing of the Izmir “Twitter Trial” is receiving international attention.  The case involves 29 men and women on trial Twitter messages they … Continue reading

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Clashes in Istanbul over proposed Internet restrictions

News reports from Istanbul this evening describe police attempts to cordon off sections of Taksim from protestors.  The reports describe police using tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowds. According to Reuters: Riot police advanced along Istanbul’s Istiklal … Continue reading

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