Posted on: April 2, 2018
Posted on: April 2, 2018
Turkish president Recep Erdogan told an audience at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York this week that his country has put more journalists in jail than any other nation because: “They’re not journalists, they’re terrorists.” Erdogan’s assertions were a chilling alternative reality to the well-documented persecution of journalists by his government. An estimated 150 journalists remain imprisoned in Turkey, while The Guardian says more than 2,500 journalists have lost their jobs and hundreds have had their press cards revoked following a media purge following the failed coup in 2016.
Posted on: September 22, 2017
Last week, a melee broke out between black-suited security officers with visiting Turkish President Erdogan and protesters in Wash., D.C. News reports and video pointed to Erdogan's own men as the instigators, but the embassy blamed demonstrators. Reporters from The New York Times painstakingly reviewed videos and photos to track the actions of 24 men, and found that Turkish officials were indeed behind the attacks. Impressive sleuthing by the Times.
Source: New York Times
Posted on: May 26, 2017
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
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.
Posted on: July 30, 2016
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
"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
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
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.
Posted on: June 29, 2013