Journalists march for press freedom

Journalists march on Istiklal Street in downtown Istanbul on World Press Freedom Day to call for a free media on the World Press Freedom Day. Journalists in Turkey marked World Press Freedom Day on Sunday under a cloud of diminishing press freedom in Turkey amid growing threats to their profession as they face unprecedented and…

Social media ban draws harsh reactions from TGS

Access to major social media outlets – Twitter, Facebook and YouTube – were blocked on Monday via a court order issued over the extensive sharing last week of photographs of a terrorist holding a gun to the head of an İstanbul prosecutor hours before the prosecutor was killed. Twitter was reopened to access on Monday…

Journalists Unions Condemn IMC TV

To mark the Wold Day for Decent Work, we condemn all attempts to intimidate journalists for their union activity. Participants at the meeting participants heard reports from union leaders in Macedonia, Turkey and Montenegro who had all been fired from their jobs as a result of their union activity. Tamara Chausidis, President of the Trade…

Gezi is more than daily politics, says Kuleli

By Tony Cross In Turkey’s first-ever direct election of its president Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is defending the 12-year legacy of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in government. Erdogan’s rule faced a major challenge last year when protests over plans to build on a park next to Istanbul’s Taksim Square went national. But…

TGS: Journalist must be released in Azerbaijan

We want to express deep concerns  about pressure on journalist in Azerbaijan. 8 journalist and 8 bloggers were sent to jail in Azerbaijan, by disregarding  freedom of press and expression. The reasons of arrest are unrealistic and not releated to their professional activities as in Turkey. Tukish government has kept the journalists in prison for…

We will change the existing media layout

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Here today, we came together to celebrate a few days before MayDay which is unity, struggle and solidarity day of working class, express our demands and our problems, reinforce our solidarity. Media workers will be on a mission around Istanbul and Turkey, especially around Taksim. Therefore we will not create a…

Turkey: Everything is alright

MUSTAFA KULELI * In June 2013 Turkey experienced the biggest social uprising of its history. The resistance began at Gezi Park which is next to the Taksim Square, the “heart of Istanbul”. It quickly spread and turned into a rebellion against the government’s authoritarian policies. These peaceful demonstrations with no leader or organization were different, clever,…