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Dissident Iranian journalist who disappeared in Turkey deported to Iran

Mohammad Bagher Moradi, a dissident Iranian journalist who disappeared in Ankara in May, is now in the custody of Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards...

Court hands down sentences to former Zaman daily columnists in retrial over Gülen links

Four former columnists from the now-closed Zaman daily appeared in an İstanbul court on Monday in the latest hearing of a retrial during which...

‘I’m critical of the Turkish government. I’d be ashamed of myself if I kept...

Herkül Millas, 82, a Greek-Turkish columnist for the now-closed Zaman daily who lives in Athens, said he as a government critic only wrote what...

Court upholds 5 journalists’ sentences, reverses decision to acquit another one in RedHack trial

A regional appeals court in İstanbul has upheld the sentences handed down to five journalists and reversed a decision to acquit another one of...

CPJ calls on Turkey to investigate airstrikes that killed journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Tuesday called on Turkey to immediately conduct a full and transparent investigation into whether Hawar News Agency...

Kurdish journalist dies in Turkish airstrikes in Syria

Kurdish-Syrian journalist Îsam Hesen Ebdullah died in airstrikes conducted by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) on the bases of Kurdish militants in Syria, Turkish media...

Journalist gets 3 years in prison for disseminating terrorist propaganda on social media

A Turkish court has sentenced a journalist to three years in prison on conviction of disseminating terrorist propaganda in her social media posts, Turkish...

VPN demand in Turkey skyrockets after gov’t limits social media use following attack

Demand for VPN services in Turkey increased by 853 percent on Sunday, when the Turkish government imposed a restriction on social media platforms following...

Turkish journalist in exile says NATO must call Turkey’s bluff on his extradition

Bülent Keneş, a Turkish journalist living in exile in Sweden, said the world should know by now that most people Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

Turkish gov’t restricts social media for 10 hours after deadly blast in İstanbul

The Turkish government imposed a 10-hour restriction on social media platforms on multiple internet providers in Turkey on Sunday following a deadly explosion in...

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Turkey’s Transnational Repression: Abuse of asset freezing mechanisms under the pretext of prevention of...

The Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) on Friday released its latest report, “Turkey's Transnational Repression: Abuse of asset freezing mechanisms under the pretext of...

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Turkey’s Transnational Repression: Abduction, Rendition and Forcible Return of Erdoğan Critics

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