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: Cumhuriyet journalist Ahmet Şık faces re-trial and up to 37 years in prison
20.11.2019 3 min read

Turkey: Cumhuriyet journalist Ahmet Şık faces re-trial and up to 37 years in prison

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20.11.2019 11 min read

Turkey: Re-arrest of novelist Ahmet Altan is arbitrary and cruel

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20.11.2019 5 min read

Event: Resisting censorship in Turkey

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14.11.2019 4 min read

Civil society tells Strasbourg Court blanket ban on Wikipedia is disproportionate

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Breaking: Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan re-arrested after one week of freedom
12.11.2019 4 min read

Breaking: Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan re-arrested after one week of freedom

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Turkey: Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak released but judicial harassment continues
05.11.2019 6 min read

Turkey: Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak released but judicial harassment continues

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02.11.2019 7 min read

Turkey: Free speech and human rights organisations call for novelist Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and other journalists to be released

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18.10.2019 19 min read

Turkey: Altans & others still in jail as retrial commences on new bogus terrorism charges

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Turkey: Joint call for charges against Gezi Park defendants to be dropped
10.10.2019 4 min read

Turkey: Joint call for charges against Gezi Park defendants to be dropped

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