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Turkey maintains global lead in Twitter censorship requests

Turkey continued to be the worst country in the world in terms of Twitter censorship, with the highest number of third-party takedown requests, court...

43 people killed, 240 maltreated, tortured in Turkey in December 2020: report

Cases of human rights violations in Turkey in December included 43 deaths and 240 incidents of torture and maltreatment, with 143 of them taking...

Journalist Şahin Alpay’s right to liberty and security violated, Turkish Constitutional Court rules

Journalist Şahin Alpay's ongoing house arrest continues to violate his right to liberty and security, Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday, Turkish media reported. The...

The Year in Review: Press Freedom

The Turkish government continued to muzzle the press in 2020 in a variety of ways, including imprisoning journalists, eliminating media outlets, overseeing the purchase...
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Thousands detained or deported at Turkish airports for their social media posts

Thousands of people have been detained or deported at airports by Turkish authorities because of their social media posts, Independent Turkish reported, citing lawyers...

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...

Syrian refugees, political opposition and İstanbul Convention were the subjects of most disinformation, report...

Topics that were the subjects of most disinformation on traditional and social media in Turkey were Syrian refugees, political opposition against the Turkish government...

Erdoğan’s censorship now targeting media outlets in Europe: report

Bold Medya, a YouTube channel run by the German-based International Journalists Association eV (IJA), was shut down due to efforts exerted by the government...

Journalists face 158 years in prison over book about Erdoğan’s obstruction of justice: report

Turkish journalists Barış Terkoğlu and Barış Pehlivan, who co-authored a book investigating alleged obstruction of justice by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in high-profile...

Freedom of the press sustained further blows in Turkey in 2020, report reveals

A press freedom report drafted by the Turkish Journalists’ Association (TGC) for the year 2020 shows that there has been further regression in freedom...

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The Year in Review: Crackdown on the Kurdish Political Movement

The Turkish government continued its efforts to criminalize the Kurdish political movement with a view to weakening the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Turkey’s...

The Year in Review: Press Freedom

The Turkish government continued to muzzle the press in 2020 in a variety of ways, including imprisoning journalists, eliminating media outlets, overseeing the purchase...

The Year in Review: Torture and Inhuman Treatment

Turkey has experienced a marked resurgence of torture and ill-treatment in custody over the past five years and especially since a coup attempt on...

The Year in Review: Minority and Refugee Rights

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and his key ally, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahçeli, continued to use a divisive ultranationalist...

The Year in Review: Women’s Rights

The year 2020 has witnessed an increase in rights violations against women in Turkey, with rising numbers of femicide cases amid discussions of withdrawing...

Erdogan’s Long Arm: The Case of Senegal

Download PDF Turkey has expanded its witch hunt against critics to the West African nation of Senegal, specifically targeting members of the Gülen movement, using...

Clampdown on foreign journalists in Turkey

Download PDF   Turkey, the most notorious country in the world in terms of jailing journalists, with 237 currently behind bars, has also come after foreign...

Free Thought under Siege in Turkey: the Crackdown on Education

Download PDF   - Crackdown on education sector in Turkey victimized nearly 100,000 teachers and academics The crackdown on critical thinking in Turkey with an unprecedented witch...

‘Erdoğan’s Long Arm: The Case of Sweden’

Download PDF   Turkey has expanded its witch hunt against critics to Sweden, using government institutions, affiliated NGOs and operatives, a report released by the Stockholm Center...

Kurdish political movement under crackdown in Turkey: The case of the HDP

Download PDF - New report highlights crackdown on Kurdish political movement in Turkey The Kurdish political movement has come under intense pressure from the current government...