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(Berlin) – The following statement was issued by 11 organizations, including Human Rights Watch, following their  visit to Turkey on October 6-9, 2020 to meet with journalists, officials, and others to assess the conditions for media freedom in Turkey:…
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Free Journalists, Rights Defenders, Politicians Jailed in Turkey

Click to expand Image From left to right: Ahmet Altan, Mehmet…
From left to right: Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak
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Jailed Amnesty Turkey Chair, 10 Other Activists Face Unfounded Charges


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Taner Kilic, head of Amnesty International Turkey, speaks at a conference.
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Detention, Prosecutions Over Criticisms of Turkish Army Actions in Syria

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Nurcan Baysal, journalist; Ali Erol, LGBT activist; Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, medical doctor;  Kutay  Meriç, executive member of rights group "Halkevleri" (from upper left corner clockwise)
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Sentences for Journalists, Writers Emblematic of Media Crackdown

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Writers and journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, and Nazli Ilicak
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Turkey’s intensified crackdown on human rights and the rule of law has targeted business interests in the country too, and should ring alarm bells for European companies and investors. Business associations representing them should convey their concerns…
Human rights defenders detained by police in Istanbul on July 5, 2017. From bottom left: Nalan Erkem; Nejat Taştan; İlknur Üstün, İdil Eser, Özlem Dalkıran, Günal Kurşun.
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Police Detain 10, Including Amnesty Turkey Director, in Terrorism Investigation

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Human rights defenders detained by police in Istanbul on July 5, 2017. From bottom left: Nalan Erkem; Nejat Taştan; İlknur Üstün, İdil Eser, Özlem Dalkıran, Günal Kurşun.
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Support Equal Rights, Reject Death Penalty

(Istanbul) – Turkey’s government and president should reverse the decision to extend the state of emergency after winning the April 16, 2017 presidential referendum and end the wave of political repression unleashed in the months before the vote, Human…
A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Ankara during the referendum, April 16, 2017.
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Ruthless Assault on Press Freedom Shields State from Scrutiny


 (Istanbul) – Turkey’s government has all but silenced independent media in an effort to prevent scrutiny or criticism of its ruthless crackdown on perceived enemies, Human Rights Watch said today. The assault on critical journalism sharpened in…
Journalists targeted in Turkey’s media crackdown. From top left: Aslı Erdoğan, Ahmet Altan, Kadri Gürsel, Necmiye Alpay; Erdem Gül, Ceyda Karan, Can Dündar, Hatice Kamer; Refik Tekin, Hanım Büşra Erdal, Nedim Oruç, Nazlı Ilıcak
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 On the night of July 15, 2016, elements of the Turkish military staged an attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government. According to official figures, at least 241 citizens and security personnel were killed, and…
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Cumhuriyet Journalists Held; Kurdish Media Closed; Mayors Jailed

(Istanbul) – The detention of journalists from independent newspaper Cumhuriyet, the closure of the remaining Kurdish media, and the jailing of elected mayors in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir in the space of two days is evidence of the deepening…
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