Daily Hurriyet fires 45 employees

Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper has fired 45 of its employees, including several senior journalists, in an unprecedented move that triggered an outrage among press freedom advocates. Most of the managing editors, reporters and other personnel who were laid off received the notice on Oct. 31, which was delivered to their homes while they were still working…

EFJ elects Kuleli with highest vote for Steering Committee

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), which is the largest organization of journalists in Europe, representing over 320,000 journalists in 72 journalists’ organizations across 45 countries, has elected Turkish delegate Mustafa Kuleli to its Steering Committee with the highest number of votes. Journo editor-in-chief and Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS) executive Kuleli received 113 votes…

Turkey: #JournalismIsNotaCrime

Campaign to set journalism free, develop trade union rights and defend freedom of expression in Turkey The overall objective is to promote and protect fundamental rights through enhancing the role of journalists in promoting democracy, good governance and public’s right to access information. Freedom of expression is an enabling right for other human rights. Freedom…

Turkey must stop feeding its environment of fear for journalists and trade unionists

The European and International Federations of Journalists (EFJ and IFJ) is calling upon the presumptive upcoming Turkish Prime minister, Binali Yildirim, to end the climate of permanent judicial intimidation, threats, harassment, detention and physical assaults against journalists and media workers in Turkey. The EFJ is particularly underlining the fact that Turkish judicial authorities have recently…

Press freedom must be a part of any agreement with Turkey

The European Federation of Journalist (EFJ) has strongly condemned the assassination attempt on 6 May in Istanbul against journalist Can Dündar (editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet daily newspaper) and the jail sentences of 5 years and 10 months for Can Dündar and 5 years for Erdem Gül for procuring, revealing and publishing state secrets. Cumhuriyet published in…