Turkish watchdog fines Netflix and TV stations for gov’t criticism, ‘immoral’ content

Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), has imposed fines on digital platforms Netflix and local streaming application Exxen in addition...

Veteran journalist Ilıcak says ECtHR decision acquitted her of terrorism charges

Prominent Turkish journalist Nazlı Ilıcak, who was convicted on terrorism-related charges for previously working at media outlets considered close to the Gülen movement, said...

Working for Gülen-linked media, doubting gov’t coup story not grounds for terror charges: ECtHR

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled in the case of prominent journalist Nazlı Ilıcak that working for media outlets close to...

Turkish court imposes house arrest, travel ban on 3 YouTube journalists

Three YouTube journalists known for their candid street interviews who were detained on Sunday after police raided their homes were ordered to remain under...
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Social media is a ‘threat to democracy,’ Erdoğan says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described social media on Saturday as one of the main threats to democracy, The Associated Press reported. Erdoğan’s government plans...

Turkish authorities detain 3 YouTube journalists

Three YouTube journalists known for their candid street interviews were detained yesterday after police raided their homes, Turkish media reported. Hasan Köksoy, Arif Kocabıyık and...

Journalist Hasan Cemal faces 8 years in prison on Erdoğan insult charges

Veteran journalist Hasan Cemal is facing eight years in prison charges of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for two tweets he posted in...

Situation of media freedom not improved in Turkey despite release of 20 imprisoned journalists:...

Turkey, once the world's worst jailer of journalists, is now ranked sixth in the Committee to Protect Journalists 2021 prison census after releasing 20...

Pro-government groups own lion’s share of Turkey media scene: report

Pro-government media groups own the overwhelming majority of newspapers, radio stations, TV channels and news websites that have the largest audience in Turkey, Turkish...

Nationalist Movement Party member assaults and threatens local journalist

A local journalist in central Turkey's Konya province was assaulted and threatened on Sunday by Hasan Yazar, a member of the far-right Nationalist Movement...

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Minority and Refugee Rights in Turkey: 2021 in Review

Minorities and refugees in Turkey continued to suffer from rights violations, hate speech and attacks throughout the year. President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and his...

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