CPJ Finds Record 259 Journalists in Prison

Turkey leads the world in number of journalists imprisoned, with at least 81 behind bars under the Erdogan regime, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists annual census. The 259 journalists in prison worldwide is the highest number recorded since CPJ began keeping records in 1990. The Turkish journalists all face anti-state charges following an unprecedented crackdown that has shut down over 100 news outlets. 

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Posted on: January 16, 2017

Turkey Targets Media, Not Coup Backers

With arrest warrants issued this week for 89 journalists, and the closure of at least 131 newspapers, television and radio stations, publishers and news agencies, it's clear that the Erdogan regime is targeting independent media and not coup supporters. Among the 40 journalists detained this week are leading investigative reporters and independent voices in the Turkish media.

Source: Guardian

Posted on: July 30, 2016

Turkey’s Top Paper Taken Over by Govt

In the latest move toward authoritarian control and muzzling a free press, Turkish authorities today shut down and took over the country's largest newspaper, Zaman. The paper managed a final edition, declaring "The Turkish press has experienced one of the darkest days in its history." Zaman chief editor Abdulhamit Bilici was defiant. "I believe that free media will continue even if we have to write on the walls," he said after a police raid Friday. "I don't think it is possible to silence media in the digital age."

Source: BBC News

Posted on: March 5, 2016

Turkey: “Real Journalism Never Goes Unpunished”

"Almost anyone who goes after genuine stories of reality pays a price in some form or other, by being fired, intimidated, sued or forced into self-censorship," writes Turkish columnist Sevgi Akarçeşme. "The current Turkish media landscape does not allow the public to have access to much of the news, thanks to political pressure coupled with the efforts of pro-government journalists."

Source: Sunday's Zaman

Posted on: July 5, 2015

New EU Awards Offered for Stories in Turkey, Balkans

EU Awards for Investigative Journalism in Western Balkans and Turkey are a new award for work in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. Each prize includes 3,000-5,000 euros. For "investigative stories contributing to transparency and reporting on societal issues related to abuse of power and fundamental rights, corruption and organised crime that otherwise would not have been brought to the public's attention." Deadline: April 23.

Source: SEE Media Observatory

Posted on: April 11, 2015

Danone Accused of Misleading Turkish Moms

Story of the Day: The London-based Bureau of Investigative Reporting finds multi-national food giant Danone warning Turkish mothers to use its powdered baby milk in addition to breast milk. The episode has echoes of the baby milk controversies of the 1970s, which led to the international boycott of Nestlé.

Source: The Bureau of Investigative Reporting

Posted on: June 29, 2013