Tag Archives: Freedom of the Press

Amnesty: Latest detention of journalists a “blatant misuse of powers”

In response to this Monday’s detention of 11 journalists and staff from Cumhuriyet newspaper and the shutting down of 15 media outlets over the weekend, Amnesty International’s Europe Director, John Dalhuisen, said: Today’s detention of journalists and staff from Turkey’s … 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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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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In Turkey, new steps to control the internet

On February 5, the Turkish Parliament passed a law that further tightened the government’s control over the internet. The government already blocks some 40,000 internet sites, but the newly enacted legislation goes well beyond previous restrictions. 

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Libel Lawsuits: Another Approach to Turkish Censorship

This blog site has recently featured ways in which Turkish media barons have fired, suspended or fined reporters who had written anything deemed critical of either the AKP or Tayyip Erdogan.  The  Prime Minister, however, also relies on another way … Continue reading

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The Criminalization of Dissent, Again

John Stewart take note.  You probably aren’t welcome in Turkey. After all, in Turkey, criticism of public officials that is routine elsewhere is treated as a crime.  When politicians are criticized, friendly prosecutors can be relied upon to use Article … Continue reading

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