Currently in Turkey: online censorship, attacks against media and detention of journalists

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) are jointly calling the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to immediately lift all the bans against news organisation, protect press freedom (including journalists’ work places) and release all journalists being detained. According to media reports, the Turkish Telecommunications Authority (TIB) has geographically…

Ongoing censorship blocks critical media

A black curtain has been preventing the public from receiving news since certain media outlets’ websites have had all access to their sites from within Turkey blocked since July 25, just as the cease-fire between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) ended and the country enters a war against radical terrorist group the Islamic…

Turkey: 18 journalists threatened with 7.5 years in jail

(Brussels, 05.08.2015) The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have demanded Turkey to drop immediately the “terrorism charges” against 18 journalists who could face 7.5 years in prison for publishing a photo. Following a series of crackdown on online media during the past weeks in Turkey, the chief prosecutors’…

Attacks on journalists covering labour issues are unacceptable

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) have today expressed deep concerns about the violence used against journalists and media workers covering labour issues in Turkey. “International standards like freedom of association, right to collective bargaining and right to strike must be respected by all parties and journalists who…

Attacks on physical integrity of journalists continue in Turkey

Pressure against journalists and media workers was already alarming before the elections in Turkey and unfortunately the situation isn’t cooling down after the elections. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) have today (11/06/2015) learned that several attacks on physical integrity of journalists in Diyarbakir have taken place in…

Growing pressure on journalists in Turkey before the elections

The Freedom for Journalists Plaftorm (GÖP), including the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) the EFJ-IFJ affiliate, calls on Turkish authorities to end pressure on media and journalists that prevent the public from accessing information. Yesterday (31/05/2015), police forces in Istanbul attacked again reporters for covering a public protest commemorating the second anniversary of the Gezi…

A documentary tells story of Turkey’s journalists

The Platform for Independent Journalism (P24) held an event on World Press Freedom Day at the Swedish Consulate in Istanbul during which they premiered the first screening of “Persona Non Grata” a 41-minute documentary illustrating the difficult position many Turkish journalists have fallen into with the increasing oppression of the media. The documentary, directed by…