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Turkey: Journalists around the world demand release of 120+ jailed colleagues

The three journalists imprisoned while working for Al Jazeera in Egypt for more than 400 days have joined thousands of other journalists, artists and activists in an Amnesty International campaign to demand the release of more than 120 journalists jailed in Turkey in the wake of last summer’s failed coup. Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohammed added their voices to the Free Turkey Media campaign which will culminate in a global day of action on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Cartoonists use drawings to demand the release of colleagues in Turkey

From the hilarious to the heart-rending, the poignant to the surreal, cartoons depicting the crackdown on journalists in Turkey are filling social media channels. It all began last month with a simple tweet calling on cartoonists to show solidarity with journalists and media workers jailed in the wake of Turkey’s attempted coup. But has now grown into a full-on cartoon competition with scores of cartoons submitted from around the world and a judging panel of world renowned cartoonists hastily assembled.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Turkey
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Turkey: Further information: Drop charges against activist and protect him: Barbaros Şansal

The prosecution of fashion designer and LGBTI activist Barbaros Şansal for exercising his right to freedom of expression continues. The next hearing will take place on 1 June. In the meantime, a travel ban prevents him from carrying out his professional activities and the authorities are failing to provide him with protection from attacks.

Date:
5 April 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/5969/2017
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  • Turkey
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: US Secretary of State must call for the release of more than 120 jailed journalists

As US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Turkey to meet with President Erdoğan and others in Ankara today, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, Gauri van Gulik said: “During his visit, Secretary of State Tillerson cannot ignore the fact that Turkey is the world’s biggest jailer of journalists. Nor should he overlook the plight of the more than 100,000 public sector employees, dismissed after the coup and the estimated half-a-million people displaced amid military operations and curfews in the south-east.

Date:
30 March 2017
  • News
  • Turkey
  • Press Freedom

Turkey: Die Welt journalist is latest victim of media purge

Responding to a Turkish court’s decision yesterday to remand Deniz Yücel, a Turkish-German journalist working for the German newspaper Die Welt, in custody pending a trial on charges of propaganda and incitement to hatred, John Dalhuisen, Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International, said: “The detention of Deniz Yücel, a Turkish-German national, marks a new chapter in the Turkish authorities’ crackdown on freedom of expression.

Date:
28 February 2017
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Amnesty International condemns Beşiktaş bombing

Amnesty International condemns the bomb attack in central Istanbul’s Beşiktaş district on Saturday evening. According to the Minister of Health, as of Monday the attack had killed 36 police officers and eight civilians. More than one hundred people were reported injured and receiving medical treatment. Amnesty International calls on the Turkish authorities to respond in line with the rule of law by conducting a prompt, impartial and thorough investigation and to bring all those responsible for the bombing to justice in fair trials.

Date:
12 December 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/5322/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Turkey: Further information: Turkey permanently closes hundreds of NGOs

375 registered associations and NGOs were permanently closed and their assets seized following an executive decree No. 677 issued on 22 November. NGOs whose activities had been suspended on 11 November are among those who appear on the list of closed organizations. Even under the state of emergency, this closure cannot be justified.

Date:
23 November 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/5208/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Turkey
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Massive crackdown on media in Turkey

Nine journalists and board members of the opposition daily Cumhuriyet were imprisoned pending trial on 4 November. At least 112 journalists and other media workers have been remanded in pre-trial detention since the 15 July coup attempt and the declaration of the state of emergency on 21 July. A total of 169 media outlets have been shut down during the same period by executive decree.

Date:
8 November 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/5112/2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

Turkey: HDP deputies detained amid growing onslaught on Kurdish opposition voices

The detention of 12 deputies from the Kurdish-rooted leftist Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP) since last night marks the latest escalation in the onslaught on dissent amid Turkey’s state of emergency, Amnesty International said today. The detentions – on a range of “terrorism”-related charges – come on the heels of mass closures of Kurdish media outlets, the ousting of at least 24 pro-Kurdish mayors and rolling blackouts on internet access that hinder communications.

Date:
4 November 2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Latest detention of journalists a “blatant misuse of powers”

In response to this morning’s detention of 11 journalists and staff from Cumhuriyet newspaper and the shutting down of 15 media outlets over the weekend, Amnesty International’s Europe Director, John Dalhuisen, said: “Today’s detention of journalists and staff from Turkey’s only remaining mainstream opposition newspaper is part of an ongoing systematic attempt to silence all critical voices. Together with the shutting down of media houses over the weekend, this is the latest wave in a post-coup purge which has turned Turkey’s once vibrant media landscape into a wasteland.

Date:
31 October 2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Joint Statement: Turkey: State of emergency provisions violate human rights and should be revoked

We, the undersigned organisations, recognise that the Turkish government has the right and responsibility to investigate the violent events of the July 2016 coup attempt and to bring all those responsible to justice. We also recognise that the immediate aftermath of the attempted coup is the type of exceptional circumstance in which a government could legitimately invoke a state of emergency but still has to comply with their human rights obligations.

Date:
19 October 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/5012/2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Temporary closure of Özgür Gündem latest blow to freedom of expression

Amnesty International calls on the authorities to lift the temporary closure of Kurdish daily newspaper Özgür Gündem. The newspaper was closed for an indefinite period on 16 August 2016 on the decision of the judge of the Istanbul 8th Criminal Court of Peace. A prosecutor requested the closure on the grounds of ongoing criminal investigations against the newspaper for making propaganda for the armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and acting as its media outlet.

Date:
19 August 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/4697/2016
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Turkey's many shades of fear

Fear comes in many forms. A month ago, on the night of the bloody coup attempt here in Turkey, I together with millions in Istanbul and Ankara experienced gut-tightening fear as explosions shook our living rooms and gunfire crackled outside our windows. Downstairs my neighbours huddled in their bathroom, afraid for their safety and for the lives of loved ones. Outside, tanks rolled by whilst jets and helicopters filled the skies and civilians were gunned down by would-be putschists.

Date:
15 August 2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Intensified crackdown on media increases atmosphere of fear

As Turkey enters its second week of a three month state of emergency, the ongoing crackdown on civil society and the assault on media freedom has reached disturbing levels, said Amnesty International. Arrest warrants have been issued for 89 journalists, more than 40 have already been detained and others are in hiding. A second emergency decree passed on 27 July has resulted in the shutdown of 131 media outlets.

Date:
28 July 2016