Turkey

Turkey has faced an unprecedented crackdown on the media and justice system following the failed coup in July 2016. Abuse of Turkey’s vaguely worded anti-terror legislation is widespread: scores of journalists, human rights defenders, opposition parliamentarians and academics are on trial facing terror charges, without clear evidence or logical charges. Many have been held for over a year in pre-trial detention. Attacks on freedom of expression are compounded by pressure on the judiciary exerted through increasing dismissals, prosecutions and arrests of judges and prosecutors. Restrictions on expression also severely undermine the public’s right to information, with Turkish courts regularly ordering media blackouts after terrorist attacks and wholesale blocking of websites.  Nowhere is this felt more strongly than in the South-East of the country, where reliable information on human rights abuses is increasingly hard to access and journalists struggle to safely report news.

According to official government sources, there are no journalists in jail in Turkey – they are in fact all “terrorists”. Calls from the international community for Turkey to ensure that no one is prosecuted on the basis of their journalism have been rejected as interference in independent judicial processes. By monitoring trials, drafting expert legal opinions on cases and sharing this information with the international community, ARTICLE 19 aims to dismantle this narrative.

Turkey: New Internet law threatens freedom of expression online
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Turkey: New Internet law threatens freedom of expression online

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HRC44: Freedom of expression and COVID-19
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HRC44: Freedom of expression and COVID-19

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Turkey: Alarming plans to further crackdown on social media
03.07.2020 5 min read

Turkey: Alarming plans to further crackdown on social media

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Turkey: Human rights organisations call for immediate release of political prisoners
22.06.2020 6 min read

Turkey: Human rights organisations call for immediate release of political prisoners

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Turkey: 44 Rights groups call for release of Kurdish journalist Nedim Türfent
15.06.2020 7 min read

Turkey: 44 Rights groups call for release of Kurdish journalist Nedim Türfent

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Mariano Giustino: Journalist censored by Facebook
08.06.2020 4 min read

Mariano Giustino: Journalist censored by Facebook

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Turkey: 24 rights groups call for release of all those arbitrarily detained, now at risk of Covid-19
17.04.2020 7 min read

Turkey: 24 rights groups call for release of all those arbitrarily detained, now at risk of Covid-19

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07.04.2020 1 min read

Turkey: ARTICLE 19 supports Dr. Bülent Şık imprisoned for publicising public health threats

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Turkey: Release imprisoned journalists and human rights defenders at risk of coronavirus
27.03.2020 7 min read

Turkey: Release imprisoned journalists and human rights defenders at risk of coronavirus

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