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October 15, 2014

Kurdish paper distributor gunned down in southeastern Turkey

Reporters Without Borders has condemned media worker Kadri Bagdu ’s murder Tuesday while distributing the Kurdish dailies Azadiya Welat and Özgür Gündem in Seyhan, in the southeastern province of Adana. His targeted killing harks back to the darkest hours of Turkey’s recent history. Bagdu, 46, was distributing the newspapers free of charge on the street in the Sakir Pasa district of Seyhan when he was shot five times by two individuals on a motorcycle who then sped away. One of the shots hit... MORE
October 15, 2014

RWB calls on Turkish judiciary to drop charges against German photojournalists

Reporters Without Borders has expressed relief at learning that three German journalists arrested in Diyarbakir on Saturday have been released pending further investigation. The organisation called on the Turkish judiciary to immediately drop all charges against the journalists and allow them to continue their work without restrictions. “Journalists must not be criminalised for reporting on protests and unrest. The three Germans and all other journalists need to be able to report freely on the... MORE
October 15, 2014

Kurdish journalists detained in Turkey must be released: IFJ/EFJ

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have joined international calls for the 20 Syrian-Kurdish journalists and media workers detained by Turkish military forces to be released with immediate effect. The journalists were forced to leave the city of Kobani, northern Syria, after fighting intensified between Kurdish forces protecting the city and IS forces. They were among 265 Kurds who crossed the border to seek refuge in Turkey where... MORE
October 7, 2014

IFJ/EFJ condemn tear gas attack on BBC team by Turkish police

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have condemned a violent tear gas attack on a BBC team by Turkish police on Sunday. According to media reports, the BBC team was filming protests by local and Syrian Kurds on the Turkish-Syrian border, near Kobane. As the team were leaving the protests Turkish police fired two canisters towards them from close range. One of the canisters smashed into the team’s car, filling it was gas. The van... MORE
October 6, 2014

Erosion of media freedom in Turkey threatens country’s democracy

Turkey risks a serious backslide in democracy unless a recent trend of erosion of media freedom is reversed, the International Press Institute (IPI) warned Tuesday last at the close of a joint press freedom mission to the country with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The warning followed a four-day mission in which an international IPI/CPJ delegation met with journalists, academics, attorneys and government representatives in Istanbul and Ankara, including President Recep Tayyip... MORE
September 10, 2014

Journalists released, but Turkey's press freedom remains fragile

In the wake of intense global pressure, the Turkish government has released several of its imprisoned journalists in recent weeks. Among those freed is Füsun Erdoğan, arrested in 2006 and condemned to a life sentence + 300 years. Erdoğan was featured in WAN-IFRA’s “30 Days for Freedom” campaign, and her son spoke to WAN-IFRA’s Alexandra Waldhorn after his mother’s release. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 40 journalists were in Turkey’s prisons at the end of last year... MORE
June 4, 2014

Reporter disparaged in Turkish parliament, journalists harassed

The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed alarm at today's reports that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Parliament called CNN journalist Ivan Watson a "flunky" and said the foreign press was "literally executing their duties as agents" in connection with the coverage of protests in Istanbul. The move follows the brief detention and manhandling by police of Watson and multiple Turkish journalists on Saturday, according to news reports. Erdoğan said Watson was "caught red-... MORE
May 31, 2014

New cases against Turkish journalists raise concerns

The International Press Institute (IPI) Friday expressed concern over recent developments in Turkey in which journalists were targeted with excessive prison sentences and the prime minister urged grieving families to sue his media critics. Turkish media reported last week that prosecutors were seeking 26-52 years behind bars for daily Taraf journalist Mehmet Baransu and Managing Editor Murat Sevki Coban for publishing classified documents from a 2004 National Security Council meeting. Baransu... MORE
May 23, 2014

Turkish journalists threatened in social media

Turkish authorities risk inciting violence against journalists unless they stop verbally attacking those covering last week’s deadly mining disaster in the western town of Soma and call on their supporters to do the same, the International Press Institute (IPI) said Thursday. Hasnain Kazim , an Istanbul-based correspondent for Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) Wednesday in a email that he felt forced to leave Turkey for his own safety after he received thousands of... MORE
May 17, 2014

Turkish journalist Füsun Erdoğan released from 300 year jail sentence

Sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 300 years, Füsun Erdoğan went from a hard-working radio journalist in Istanbul to being confined to a prison cell. For two years after her arrest by plainclothes police in September 2006, Erdogan, who holds Dutch and Turkish citizenship, didn't even know her crime. Overall, her trial lasted more than eight years. After months of pressure from civil rights groups, government officials and family members, Istanbul's 20th High Criminal Court ruled for... MORE