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Turkish courts handed down 80 years in prison to 36 journalists in 2021

Journalists in Turkey made 475 court appearances in 2021, with the courts handing down a total of 80 years in prison to 36 of...
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Exiled journalist indicted for insulting President Erdoğan in report on convicted jihadist

Swedish-based Turkish journalist Abdullah Bozkurt was indicted in Turkey over an article he wrote about a convicted jihadist, with the public prosecutor claiming that...

Turkey arrests TV journalist for insulting President Erdoğan

Turkey has arrested a well-known television journalist for comments she made on-air about President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Agence France-Presse reported on Saturday, citing her...

Turkey’s RTÜK pressures TV stations not to televise famous singer Sezen Aksu’s song referencing...

Turkey's broadcasting watchdog, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), has made phone calls to Turkish television stations, pressuring them not to televise a...

Opposition HDP asks for parliamentary investigation into killing of journalist Dink

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has asked the Turkish parliament to investigate the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was murdered in...

Turkish-German journalist acquitted of terrorism charges in 5-year trial

Turkish-German journalist Meşale Tolu, whose trial on terrorism-related charges in Turkey had gone on for almost five years, has been acquitted of all charges,...

Journalist arrested while attempting to flee Turkey to serve remaining sentence

A journalist who was trying to flee Turkey has been sent back to prison after an appeals court upheld a sentence on conviction of...

Prominent social security expert given suspended sentence over Gülen links

A Turkish court has handed down a suspended sentence of three years, 45 days to Ali Tezel, a journalist and social security expert, due...

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...

5 journalists who reported on villagers tortured and thrown from helicopter acquitted

A Turkish court has ruled to acquit five journalists who were indicted on charges of membership in a terrorist organization for reporting on an...

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Minorities and refugees in Turkey continued to suffer from rights violations, hate speech and attacks throughout the year. President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and his...

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