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2 lower courts defy Turkey’s Constitutional Court amid calls for restructuring

Two lower courts have openly defied rulings of the Turkish Constitutional Court amid calls by Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and his key ally...

Turkish gov’t targets Spotify because of podcasts, pundit says: report

The audio streaming platform Spotify, which faces a ban in Turkey if it does not abide by a government notice to submit a license...

4 journalists arrested for reporting on Kurdish villagers thrown from military helicopter

Four journalists who reported on two Kurdish villagers who had allegedly been thrown out of a military helicopter were arrested on Friday, Turkish media...

Iraqi Kurdistan-based news website Rûdaw blocked in Turkey

The Turkish edition of the Rûdaw news website, part of a media group based in Erbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan, was blocked...

Turkish court orders seizure of exiled journalist Can Dündar’s assets

Exiled Turkish journalist Can Dündar (54) was stripped of his assets and declared a fugitive by an Istanbul court on Wednesday, Turkish media reported. The...

Jailed journalist denied release from prison despite eligibility for parole

Jailed Turkish journalist Fahri Öztoprak, who was convicted of alleged membership in the Gülen movement, was denied release from prison although he has been...

Serious backsliding in democracy, rule of law and fundamental freedoms continues in Turkey: EU

Serious backsliding in the respect for democratic standards, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms continued in the absence of an effective checks and...

Condition of democracy and human rights has worsened in Turkey since pandemic: Freedom House

The condition of democracy and human rights has grown worse in 80 countries, including Turkey, since the COVID-19 pandemic began, said a report by...

Journalists covering story of Kurdish villagers thrown from helicopter detained in dawn raids

Four journalists who covered the story of Kurdish villagers who were allegedly tortured and later thrown from a military helicopter were detained on Tuesday...

Pro-gov’t daily self-censors after columnist criticizes lawmaker’s personal driver for running down a security...

A pro-government newspaper on Sunday self-censored its own columnist when she wrote a piece criticizing a lawmaker who defended his personal driver’s attack on...

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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...

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...

Erdoğan’s Long Arm: The Case Of Norway

Download PDF - Erdoğan’s long arm reaches to Norway, targeting critics of Turkish government Turkey has escalated its witch hunt persecution on critics to Norway using...

Turkey Cracks Down On Health Care Professionals

Download PDF - New research shows Turkey’s purge destroyed lives of 21,000 health care workers More than 21,000 health care professionals including doctors, nurses, medical professors,...

Tortured to Death: Holding Gökhan Açıkkollu’s Killers To Account

Download PDF - A new report uncovers a murder of detained teacher in Turkey due to torture Deaths in detentions and prisons due to torture, abuse...

Abuse Of The Interpol System By Turkey

Download PDF - Turkey weaponised Interpol system to persecute critics, new study exposes The Turkish government’s blatant abuse of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to...

Erdoğan’s Rule by Royal Decree: Turkey’s Contempt for The Rule of Law

Download PDF - New research decodes how Turkey brands law abiding & peaceful people as terrorists The authoritarian government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s open contempt...