Turkey jails Iranian-Kurdish writer Jiyar Cihanferd in Mardin

A Mardin court on Sunday ruled for the arrest of Iranian-Kurdish writer Jiyar Cihanferd and his friend Hassan Balada on charges of “membership in...

HRW Slams European Rights Body Over Missing Chance to Tackle Turkey Crisis

International human rights advocacy organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) has slammed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE on the fact that...

COMMENTARY – Saga of Dutch journalist tells the tale of Turkey

By Abdullah Bozkurt There is no shortage of examples about how the Turkish government scapegoats innocent people for the problems it has created in an...

Eyeing increased trade with Turkey, British PM meets with Erdoğan, PM Amid Massive Right...

In her first visit to Ankara as head of government and following a meeting with US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May...

Freedom of the press in Turkey: Far worse than you think

Almost 300 journalists in Turkey, a member state of the Council of Europe and a candidate country to the European Union, are languishing behind...

Five Turkish citizens arrested for ‘insulting Erdoğan’ on Friday

An Antalya court ruled on arrest of 5 Turkish citizens who were accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday. Insulting the president is...

PEN delegation not allowed to show solidarity with jailed authors in front of Silivri...

A large delegation of PEN International members was stopped on their way to Silivri Prison on Thursday where they wanted to deliver a message...

Erdogan says Turkey not accountable to CoE, slams PACE

Stockholm (Jan.27, 2017) - Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for attempting to place Turkey...

Journalist Demir Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison Over Her Books

Journalist Arzu Demir has been sentenced for 6 years in prison over her books titled “Dağın Kadın Hali (Womanly State of the Mountain)” and...

Court sentences journalist Coşkun over her report on favoritism for jurists

Journalist Canan Coşkun has been penalized by an Istanbul court to pay a fine in amount of 12,600 TL (3.060 euro) over her report...

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