Increasing attacks on journalists, jailings, limits on collective bargaining, increasing restrictions on the right to report, more prosecutions and less press freedom. These were some of the key issues discussed at a conference held in Istanbul on 17/18 September, entitled “Turkey: Fighting for journalists’ rights and freedoms in a politically polarised country”, which I attended and spoke on behalf of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). Continue reading Planning the way forward in Turkey
Although there are still 23 journalists and media workers behind bars in Turkey, the lowest number for many years, journalists and other media activists are still being targeted by the authorities, the steering committee of the European Federation of Journalists heard last week.
The fact that Turkey no longer is the world’s leading jailer of journalists and other media workers has much to do with the campaigning within Turkey together with international solidarity action and support. Pressure for judicial reform has led to the release of a number of journalists brought about by the 4th Judicial Package, which, amongst other things, limited the period of pre-trial detention to 5 years (still far too long). Continue reading Fewer journalists in Turkish prisons, but new dangers ahead
On 30 May I contacted a journalist on the Turkish newspaper Zaman offering a comment on the decision of the Financial Times to throw out the paper’s journalist from reporting a speech being given in the paper’s London office by Turkey’s finance minster Mehmet Şimşek on Thursday 29 May. It is not the first time that the paper, a major high circulation publication in Turkey, has been under attack by the Turkish authorities as the article below from Zaman tells us. Continue reading Turkish Government criticised