Press Freedom in Turkey: 2021 in Review

The Turkish government continued to muzzle the press in 2021 in a variety of ways, including imprisoning journalists and using regulatory authorities to exert...

5 journalists get suspended sentences, 1 acquitted of charges in RedHack trial

A Turkish court has handed down suspended sentences to five journalists and acquitted another one of charges in a trial concerning their reporting on...

Turkey’s top court runs counter to ECtHR precedent in case of jailed journalist

In a ruling running counter to a precedent set by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in an application concerning the imprisonment of...

Facebook bans pro-Kurdish rights Mezopotamya news agency’s account

Facebook has banned the verified account of the pro-Kurdish rights Mezopotamya news agency (MA), which had 100,000 followers, the Bianet news web site reported...

Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog fines stations critical of gov’t $1.84 million in 2021

Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) imposed TL 21.5 million ($1.84 million) in fines in 2021 on TV channels with critical stances towards...

Turkey freezes assets of 770 people, including journalists and rights activists, over alleged terrorism...

Turkey has frozen the assets of 770 people including some journalists in exile and an organization on the grounds of terrorism financing, Turkish Minute...

Swedish Supreme Court rejects Turkey’s extradition request for exiled journalist, says allegations don’t correspond...

The Swedish Supreme Court last week rejected a request from Turkey for the extradition of journalist Levent Kenez, ruling that Turkey’s allegations against Kenez...

Turkish journalist gets suspended sentence over cartoon tweet

A columnist for a leading Turkish opposition daily has been handed down a suspended sentence of nine months on charges of “inciting hatred and...

Court orders stay on changes to press card regulation aiming to make cancellation easier

The Council of State, Turkey’s highest administrative court, has ruled for a stay of execution on controversial changes to a 2018 press card regulation...

[Interview] Index on Censorship will continue to monitor government suppression of the media in...

Author and journalist Jemimah Steinfeld said in an interview with the Stockholm Center for Freedom that the jailing of journalists in Turkey is worrying...

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