Category Archives: Press Freedom

Erdogan proclaims Turkey’s press “freest in world” as harassment of journalists intensifies

terrorism police just searched my house, team of 8 guys. they take me to the station now. charge: 'propaganda for terrorist organization' — Frederike Geerdink (@fgeerdink) January 6, 2015 Without even a trace of a smile, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip … Continue reading

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The pernicious logic of Turkey’s petty charges against free speech

If the escalating war on the Gülen Movement, dominated recent news from Turkey, it was also marked by lesser items which highlight the dire straits of Turkish human rights.  A protester in Samsun was charged with “insulting the Turkish flag” … Continue reading

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Friday notes: Gulen Crackdown, Maras, and some good news regarding Pinar Selek

Some brief notes from Turkish human rights news: 1. Zaman’s Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanlı was released from custody due to lack of evidence, according to press accounts.  Four others, including Samanyolu TV General Manager, Hidayet Karaca, will be held pending trial.  … Continue reading

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Dark Days Ahead: Thinking about Turkey’s Tear Gas Purchase

I have been going over a number in my head these past few days.  1.9 million.  That, according to Amnesty International, is the number of tear gas canisters and gas grenades that Turkey has ordered from a South Korean manufacturer … Continue reading

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Çarşı on trial: Turkey’s war on dissent takes a tragicomic turn

It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.  In their determination to root out all opposition, Turkish authorities today called members of the soccer fan club, Çarşı, to court under the same broadly phrased anti-terror statutes that were employed … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Arrests in Turkey continue pattern of criminalizing dissent

In a public statement issued today, Amnesty International urged “Turkish authorities  to release journalists detained in a wave of arrests yesterday, unless they have credible evidence that they have committed a recognisably criminal offence.” The statement noted with concern that the … Continue reading

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New wave of attacks target journalists in Turkey

News reports this morning describe large scale police operations across Turkey today.  The main target appears to be media associated with the influential Gulenist movement, once an important part of the AKP coalition, but, for the past year, targeted by … Continue reading

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After Gezi: Amnesty Issues Major New Report

The army of police, the limits on freedom of transport, the deserted center of the city.  A year after Gezi, this is the face of the new Turkey, where dissent is stifled with overwhelming force and massive police presence. Clearly, … Continue reading

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Journalist Fusun Erdogan and seven others released!

Good news today, as Fusun Erdogan and seven others, including two other journalists were finally released from prison.

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The Fusun Erdogan Case: “You just be afraid of us”

Last December, I wrote  on the case of  Fusun Erdogan, who was sentences to life imprisonment plus 300 years without the possibility of parole.  Erdogan was convicted of membership in a terrorist organization in a trial criticized by Reporters without … Continue reading

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