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Turkish prosecutor files new charges against 4 Zaman journalists

A prosecutor has filed new charges against four journalists who worked for the Zaman newspaper, which was seized on March 4, 2016 and then...

Prosecutor cites Twitter messages as terror evidence for critical journalists

In the most bizarre case ever seen in Turkey against 29 indicted journalists, Turkish prosecutor cited Tweets and Retweets amounting legitimate criticisms as evidence...

Turkish police detain İYİ Party’s head of communications over links to Gülen movement

Kerim Çoraklık, head of the communications team of Turkey's opposition İYİ Party has been detained on charges of making the propaganda of the faith...

The Kafkaesque case of a visual Turkish journalist: Don’t forget Fevzi!

On the occasion of May 3, World Press Freedom Day, Can Bahadır Yüce, a poet, academic and journalist, has written an article for English...

The number of jailed journalists in Turkey reaches to 200

Stockholm Center for Freedom, an advocacy group that monitors rights violations in Turkey, has updated its mammoth list of jailed journalists in Turkey which...

Turkish gov’t jailed not only journalist Karaca, but also his lawyers and the judges...

The trial of Turkish journalist Hidayet Karaca (55) has already taken its place in judicial history because not only has he been persecuted by...

EU reacts to journalist Parıldak’s re-arrest

The European Union (EU) has reacted to the recent re-arrest of 27 year-old Turkish journalist Ayşenur Parıldak after she was released pending trial. Parıldak, a...

2 journalists released after spending 9 days in detention

Journalist Emrah Erdoğan and Dihaber reporter Hayri Demir, who were detained on March 16, were released on Friday after they were held in police...

Turkish Consulate in Warsaw seized passport of a news portal founder

Turkey’s General Consulate in Warsaw has seized the passport of a Turkish national in Poland as part of increasing pattern of arbitrary refusal of...

CHP official given suspended prison sentence for insulting Turkey’s Erdoğan

Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy provincial chairman of Batman province Hüseyin Yaşar has been handed down a suspended prison sentence of 11 months 20...

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