Tag Archives: Freedom of Press

Amnesty: Intensified crackdown on media increases atmosphere of fear

[The following is a repost of Amnesty’s press release of 28 July 2016] As Turkey enters its second week of a three month state of emergency, the ongoing crackdown on civil society and the assault on media freedom has reached … Continue reading

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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 International condemns take-over of newspaper

In a sharply-worded response, Amnesty International described today’s take-over of Zaman newspaper  by court-appointed trustees as “the latest deeply troubling episode in the Turkish authorities’ ongoing onslaught on dissenting media.” “By lashing out and seeking to rein in critical voices, … Continue reading

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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 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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Amnesty Calls for Release of Journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

Turkey’s case against journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül represents “another deplorable attempt by the authorities to silence dissenting voices in the Turkish press,” Amnesty International said in a public statement today.  It called on authorities to release them from … Continue reading

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Another shocking attack on freedom of expression in Turkey

Today’s raids on Turkish media outlets are “yet another shocking attack on journalists and freedom of expression in Turkey, and come just four days before a crucial parliamentary election on Sunday,” according to Amnesty International in a statement released today. … 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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Turkish police again detain foreign journalist

VICE journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool continues to languish in pre-trial detention under terrorism charges that Amnesty’s Andrew Gardner has described as “unsubstantiated, outrageous and bizarre.”  Meanwhile, we received word today that Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink has also been detained by Turkish … Continue reading

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Two documentaries worth watching

Looking for something to watch this evening?  I’d like to call your attention to two recent documentaries which address Turkish human rights issues. The first, Persona Non Grata, was produced by P24 and addresses the pressures placed on journalists in … Continue reading

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