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 Reaches Second Collective Agreement at BirGün

The EFJ congratulated the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) on signing a second new collective agreement for journalists at the newspaper BirGün. According to this new agreement, staff will receive an annual salary increase of 12% (to counter the high inflation rate – 9.66% in 2014), holiday for female journalists on the International Women’s Day on 8 March,…

New TGS Reaches First Collective Agreement

The EFJ congratulated the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) on signing a new collective agreement with the newspaper Evrensel benefiting 50 journalists and TGS new members. According to the new agreement, staff will receive 12.5% and 11% salary increase for the first and second year (to counter the high inflation rate – 9.66% in 2014).…

Six Journalists Targeted by Turkish Police

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has criticized a new wave of violence against journalists in Turkey covering the anniversary of the Gezi Park protests. Journalists covering the Gezi protests’ anniversary in Istanbul and Ankara have again been beaten, intimidated, insulted and injured by the Turkish police forces while doing their job. According to figures…

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…

Stop Police and State Violence against Journalists

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has backed the urgent call from its affiliate in Turkey, the Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS for Türkiye Gazeteciler Sendikasi), condemning police and state violence against journalists covering the ‘‘Soma tragedy’’ in the western province of Manisa (Turkey). According to media reports, at least 301 miners have died after…

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,…