Category Archives: Press Freedom

In Turkey, freedom of expression early casualty of “anti-terror” campaign

Turkey has suffered from a series of horrendous attacks in recent months.  The security challenges it faces are very real.  Unfortunately, the rhetoric coming out of Ankara suggests that, under the umbrella of fighting terrorism, the most basic civil liberties … Continue reading

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Amnesty calls on Turkey to End Abusive Operations

In a briefing and press release today (January 21) , Amnesty International renewed its call to Turkish authorities to “end the indefinite curfews in Kurdish neighbourhoods across east and south-east Turkey.” For several months, Amnesty International has been urging the … Continue reading

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Disturbing news in Frederike Geerdink case: Journalism under Fire in Turkey [update 9/11]

The first news on social media seemed positive, saying that journalist, Frederike Geerdink, who was detained several days ago, had finally been released.   Unfortunately, things do not look so positive now. Amnesty International‘s Turkey Researcher, Andrew Gardner, contacted her lawyers … Continue reading

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Amnesty on Arrest of Vice Journalists: “unsubstantiated, outrageous and bizarre” [updated 9/4/15]

The crackdown on journalists in Turkey continues.  Earlier this week, another wave of journalists were summarily sacked, apparently for writing reports critical of the government (an issue that we have repeatedly highlighted on this blog). Late yesterday, journalists from Vice … Continue reading

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Another appalling prosecution of journalists in Turkey

It didn’t take long.  After yesterday’s good news in the trial of Dutch journalist Fréderike Geerdink, in which the prosecutor moved for acquittal, came news from Istanbul that another prosecutor was asking for 4.5 years each for journalists Ceyda Karan … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Surprising turn in trial Dutch journalist: good news?

  April 8, 2015 | The trial of Dutch journalist Fréderike Geerdink took an unexpected turn this morning in Diyarbakır’s 6th High Criminal Court. After she delivered her statement pleading not guilty to the charge of making propaganda for a … Continue reading

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Some good news in the bad trial of Fréderike Geerdink

talking to dutch national tv nos after even prosecutor asked for my acquittal. verdict on monday! #amed #journalism pic.twitter.com/uDoxm5t9GB — Frederike Geerdink (@fgeerdink) April 8, 2015 Amnesty has been closely following the troubling story of journalist Fréderike Geerdink’s prosecution under … 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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Another casualty in Turkey’s war on journalists

The news today that Dutch journalist, Frederike Geerdink, is being prosecuted under anti-terror statutes is, sadly, unsurprising.  The prosecution of journalists in Turkey, is after all, hardly a rare occurrence; seldom does a week go by when a journalist in … 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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