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January 10 Working Journalists’ Day observed in Turkey

January 10 has been celebrated in Turkey as the Festival of Working Journalists between 1961-1971. The day has been renamed as “January 10 Working Journalists’ Day” in 1971 after several rights of the journalists have been revoked by Military Coup … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Digital Crackdown on Media, Censors Hundreds of News Sites

Turkey recently started a new digital crackdown on critical and independent media. However, Turkish government has been involved in ‘online security’ policies as far back as 2007 with the law numbered 5651, Law Regulating Digital Publications which has very quickly … Continue reading

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PEN calls on governments to safeguard freedom of speech after Charlie Hebdo attacks

On World Press Freedom Day, PEN International (and a long list of global press and free expression organisations – all names available from 30th April) remembers those journalists who were murdered in the January attack on Charlie Hebdo’s offices and … Continue reading

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Journalist Stabbed to Death in Istanbul Because of a Snowball!

Journalist Nuh Koklu had been playing snow fight with his friends on the evening of February 18 in Istanbul’s Kadıköy district when he was going back home from Homeland Security Bill sit-in that ended earlier at Kadıköy’s ‘Bull Square’. The … Continue reading

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Cumhuriyet Daily’s Administration Relieved of Duty after Charlie Hebdo Publication

In the aftermath of the Paris Massacre earlier in January, Cumhuriyet Daily had taken a courageous step and printed Charlie Hebdo in Turkish. It was one of the two newspapers that were allowed to print content, and they attracted the … Continue reading

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Censorship in Turkey’s Arts & Culture Scene under Erdoğan’s 12 years

Turkey’s ruling AKP has been in power in the last 12 years and has generally been bold in claiming that their rule has liberated Turkey from its chains. One of those chains has always been censorship in Turkey. The leadership … Continue reading

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Charlie Hedbo Cover Sparks Outrage in Turkey, yet Facebook OKs Lynching Campaign

Following Cumhuriyet Daily’s publication of the Charlie Hebdo’s latest issue, Turkey found herself in the middle of a very heated debate on “press freedom”. As soon as the daily was announced that the content would be printed in Turkish for … Continue reading

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Cumhuriyet Daily Threatened, Raided by Police for Reprinting Charlie Hebdo Issue in Turkey

In Turkey, media response to Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris has had two sides as in many other places. The polarization has been stretching between those that celebrated the attack and those that stood in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo’s press … Continue reading

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Controversy at Istanbul Charlie Hebdo Solidarity Rally

As in many other places around the world, Istanbul today had a solidarity rally to commemorate the victims of Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris that left 12 people dead. There have been controversial statements in Turkey with regards to the … Continue reading

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Turkey: Free Expression “Still” Under a Shadow

    Turkey has been under PEN focus for a long time, and recently PEN Norway has published a report on freedom of speech in Turkey, with the title of “Free Expression Under a Shadow”. Basically, PEN has employed a … Continue reading

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