• Erdoğan’s long arms reach Switzerland

    President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants Turkish citizens in Switzerland to be followed for "insults" against him. According to Swiss resources, Erdoğan wanted Swiss government to provide intelligence about Turkish citizens living in Switzerland who criticize and comment about him. Erdoğan also

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  • Turkey’s Relentless Attack on the Press

    It should come as no surprise that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey would praise Donald Trump for refusing to talk to a CNN reporter at a news conference. For years, Mr. Erdogan has been crushing independent voices as part of a broader effort to assert authoritarian control. Earlier this

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  • Arrested Turkish Development

    Ankara uses July’s coup as a pretext to crack down on journalism. Another day, another mass arrest in Turkey. At least 13 journalists were taken into custody in predawn raids Monday morning, including Murat Sabuncu, the editor of Cumhuriyet, the country’s leading secular newspaper. That

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  • Turkey: Deepening Crackdown Over 2 Days

    Cumhuriyet Journalists Held; Kurdish Media Closed; Mayors Jailed (Istanbul) – The detention of journalists from independent newspaper Cumhuriyet, the closure of the remaining Kurdish media, and the jailing of elected mayors in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir in the space of two days is

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  • TURKEY RENEWS CRACKDOWN BY CLOSING MEDIA, FIRING THOUSANDS

    Turkey said it had dismissed a further 10,000 civil servants and closed 15 more media outlets over suspected links with terrorist organizations and U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a failed coup in July. More than 100,000 people had already been sacked or

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  • Press freedom: Muzzling the voices of dissent

    It is vital that the EU puts media rights centre stage in relations with those states which claim to have a European “vocation” These are difficult times for media freedom in Europe. Index on Censorship (IoC) reports what it calls a “stark deterioration of press freedom” here this year,

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  • Turkey’s trampling of freedoms is Europe’s problem too

    Today’s Turkey is not the same Turkey that I experienced 10 years ago when I first lived there. Those years were filled with optimism, greater civil liberties, significant steps towards democracy, a booming economy and international admiration. Universities had become spaces for critical debates,

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  • The death of critical journalism in Turkey

    A prominent Turkish journalist who migrated to Europe a few months ago and is convinced she can no longer practice her profession in Turkey has noticed something intriguing in her son, a primary schooler. “He keeps drawing prisons,” the journalist told Al-Monitor. “I was worried about his

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  • Turkey Overwhelmingly Leads World In Twitter Censorship

    The company's new transparency report shows just how drastically the country wants to hide embarrassing tweets KEVIN COLLIER Turkey is rapidly ramping up its efforts to censor Twitter, according to the site’s new transparency report. The biannual report, which was released Wednesday and

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