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Kurdish journalist released from pretrial detention 306 days after arrest

A Turkish court on Thursday decided for the release from pretrial detention of a Kurdish journalist 306 days after she was arrested on terrorism-related...

Turkey’s media watchdog intends to monitor broadcasts on YouTube, others

Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), which monitors broadcasts on national television and radio stations, is also intending to scrutinize broadcasts on YouTube...

Former journalist given 5-year sentence in MİT trucks case retrial

An İstanbul court has handed down a prison sentence of five years to former journalist Erdem Gül in a retrial concerning a report on...

Turkey sends journalist working for pro-Alevi media outlet to prison

A journalist in southern Turkey was sent to prison on Tuesday evening after police raided his house when the top appeals court upheld a...

State-run TRT stops airing opposition leader’s speech in anticipation of criticism

Public broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) stopped airing a speech by Turkey’s main opposition leader Özgür Özel on Tuesday after Özel attempted...

3 journalists detained in home raids in eastern Turkey

Turkish police on Tuesday morning detained three journalists in the eastern province of Van following raids on their houses, Turkish Minute reported, citing the...

Exiled journalist faces 10-year prison sentence for insulting Erdoğan

A Turkish prosecutor has demanded up to 10 and a half years in prison for Hayko Bağdat, a Turkish-Armenian journalist based in Germany, on...

Turkey’s RTÜK rains down sanctions on TV stations

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), Turkey’s broadcasting and streaming regulator, has imposed administrative fines and temporary broadcast halts on a number of...

Legal back-and-forth continues in trial of of 2 Vice News reporters in Turkey

The trial of two reporters from US-based Vice News in which they face charges of “aiding a terrorist organization” due to their journalistic work...

Journalist gets suspended sentence due to tweet on YPJ women in Kobani

An İstanbul court has handed down a suspended sentence of 15 months to a journalist due to a 2015 tweet that showed women, part...

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