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: 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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Turkey: ARTICLE 19 calls for end to advertising ban on the newspaper Evrensel
16.03.2020 4 min read

Turkey: ARTICLE 19 calls for end to advertising ban on the newspaper Evrensel

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HRC43: Oral statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights
04.03.2020 2 min read

HRC43: Oral statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights

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HRC43: Oral statement during Item 2 General Debate
02.03.2020 2 min read

HRC43: Oral statement during Item 2 General Debate

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02.03.2020 11 min read

Turkey: Failure to act on European Court judgments puts freedom of expression at risk

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Turkey: Cruel new charges against Osman Kavala must be dropped
19.02.2020 8 min read

Turkey: Cruel new charges against Osman Kavala must be dropped

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Turkey: ARTICLE 19 calls for acquittal of Gezi Park defendants
17.02.2020 5 min read

Turkey: ARTICLE 19 calls for acquittal of Gezi Park defendants

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