Academic, writer briefly detained upon complaint by pro-gov’t journalist

Academic and writer Fatih Yaşlı was briefly detained over his social media comments upon a complaint by a pro-government journalist, Turkish Minute reported. “I am...

Turkish social media users express outrage over mob attack on Syrians in Istanbul

Turkish social media users expressed outrage over a mob attacking the properties of Syrian refugees in İstanbul's Esenyurt district yesterday evening with the hashtag...

Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals president says femicide cases in Turkey exaggerated

President of Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals Mehmet Akarca said in a controversial remark on Friday that femicide was exaggerated in Turkey as the...

Turkey’s spying activities in Germany increased in 2021

The number of investigations launched by German authorities into the activities of foreign intelligence services in the country, particularly Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT),...
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Court releases assailant who staged attack at HDP office in İstanbul

An İstanbul court on Monday ruled to release from detention a man who staged an attack at a pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) building...

Kurdish singer says concert cancelled by municipality for including Kurdish songs

Kurdish singer Mem Ararat said in a statement on Twitter that a concert of his which was scheduled to take place on December 4...

Victim of extraordinary rendition gives account of torture in court

Ayten Öztürk, who was abducted from Lebanon in 2018 by Turkish intelligence, testified in an İstanbul court yesterday about the torture and inhumane treatment...

Court accepts indictment against jailed Kurdish leaders over Kobani protests: report

A Turkish court has accepted an indictment naming 108 people including jailed Kurdish leaders Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ in connection to street protests...

Turkish authorities must release Mehmet Aslan and refrain from arresting journalists based on vague...

Turkish authorities must immediately release Mehmet Aslan, a reporter for the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya News Agency, and refrain from arresting members of the press in...

Journalist Baransu’s wife says she’s suffering civil death due to husband’s incarceration: report

Nesibe Baransu, the wife of Turkish journalist Mehmet Baransu, who has been behind bars for more than five years, on Tuesday told the Jailed...

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