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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...

Turkish historian Ayşe Hür sentenced to 1 year and 3 months in prison over...

A Turkish court sentenced Ayşe Hür, a Turkish historian, columnist and TV commentator, to 1 year and 3 month in prison over her social...

French journalist Depardon detained in Turkey’s Batman

French photojournalist Mathias Depardon was detained on Monday after photographing the local scenery in Batman province. Erol Önderoğlu, the Turkey representative of Reporters Sans Frontières,...

Turkey marks Working Journalists’ Day as thousands of journalists jobless, jailed or exiled

Turkish journalists mark Working Journalists’ Day amid calls for release of jailed, jobless and suffering journalists persecuted by Justice and Development Party (AKP) government of...

Turkish police launch legal proceedings for 290 people over social media posts

The Turkish Interior Ministry announced in a written statement on Monday that Turkish police have launched legal proceedings against 290 people over social media...

Turkish court releases 6 including German journalist Meşale Tolu

An İstanbul court on Monday released German journalist Meşale Tolu along with five others on judicial probation, Cumhuriyet reported. Tolu, who was detained in April...

Turkey’s pro-gov’t daily sets up hotline for informing on Gülen followers in EU countries

The pro-government Sabah daily’s Europe edition, Sabah Avrupa, has set up a telephone line for its readers to report followers of the faith-based Gülen...

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