“Impunity in violence against journalists inevitably results in even more violence and a less informed public everywhere, every time. It’s never too late to improve Turkey’s impunity track record for crimes committed against the news media” – CPJ
Furkan Karabay was jailed pending trial on the suspicion of “making targets of those who were tasked to combat terrorism” and defamation.
Journalists continue to face harassment, arbitrary imprisonment and prosecution. Those responsible for attacks and threats against the press enjoy alarming levels of impunity.
Pehlivan was told to turn himself over to the Marmara Low Security Correctional Institution between August 1-15, 2023. He has already been incarcerated four times for his journalism.
The courts have blocked access to articles about corruption allegations against Bilal Erdoğan, and the 1998 car accident death of a singer, for which Burak Erdoğan stood trial.
After 13 months behind bars without appearing in court, the journalists were freed pending trial on terrorism-related charges.
According to a new report by the Coalition for Women in Journalism, Kurdish women journalists are targeted the most, with the authorities frequently using anti-terrorism legislation to persecute them.
20 CSOs say failure to put reform of a hostile environment for journalism at the heart of future relations “would be a betrayal both of the Turkish public and of the EU’s values”.
The bans on Pride marches – although consistent with President Erdoğan anti-LGBTQI+ rhetoric – have been found unlawful in several recent judicial decisions.
The assailants – whom Aygül identified as the mayor of Tatvan’s security guards – warned the journalist against reporting on the mayor. He was hospitalised as a result of his injuries.
LGBTI+ organizations have expressed their concerns over President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s homophobic statements following his election victory.
Ahead of the elections, Expression Interrupted analyses the approaches to media regulation and free speech of the two leading candidates: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.
With just weeks to go before May’s elections, police raid homes and offices in 21 cities, detaining journalists, lawyers, politicians, activists and artists.