Violation of women journalists’ rights continues in Turkey

Nurcan Kaya

The violation of women journalists’ rights in Turkey continued in September, according to a monthly reportreleased by the Coalition For Women In Journalism (CFWIJ).

“At least two women journalists were physically assaulted by the police while following September 1 World Peace Day demonstration in İstanbul,” the report said, adding that “Seven women journalists were prevented from following the Kobani Trial which took place in Ankara.”

According to the report, an investigation has been launched into Jinnews reporter Öznur Değer regarding her posts and stories about the assassination of seven people from the same family in Konya.

The report also mentioned the case of writer, lawyer and human rights activist Nurcan Kaya, who has been handed down a suspended sentence of 15 months due to a tweet she posted in 2014 about resistance in the Syrian town of Kobani against the occupation of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Kaya was sentenced due to her tweet, which said: “Not only Kurds but all the people living in Kobani are resisting. Democratic Arabs are also resisting…” against the siege by ISIL.

The CFWIJ documented 61 cases of violations against women journalists including detentions, legal harassment and physical assault around the world last month, the report revealed.

According to the report, freelance journalist and activist Sophia Huang Xueqin has reportedly gone missing in China.

Turkey is ranked 153rd among 180 countries in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in April.

According to the Stockholm Center for Freedom’s “Jailed and Wanted Journalists in Turkey” database, 174 journalists are behind bars in Turkey and 167 are wanted and either in exile or at large.

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