Journalists lost their jobs for displeasing the authorities. Her mobile phone was also seized. With it taken over by the government, the ground is left open to newspapers, severely self-censored under the stiff control of proprietors, who are either voluntarily subservient or operate under constant threats of losing lucrative contracts and public tenders.
In some cases journalists held in prison for up to three years are still awaiting trial. According to unions, scores of journalists were fired over the Gezi Park protestssimply because they defended the central values of their profession: Zaman is — or was — the most widely distributed of all newspapers, reaching a large segment of mainly conservative readers.
Journalists working for foreign media outlets and foreign freelance journalists have not been spared. What was the trigger? Frequent website bans are a cause for serious concern and there is a need to revise the law on the internet.
In when huge protests erupted in Istanbul against the destruction of Gezi Park, a prominent news channel was broadcasting a nature documentary about penguins rather than covering the protests. There is one journalist who faces court cases.
It was a very intense night. Only closest relatives can visit once a week, through a glass window and by means of a telephone. Courts do not tend to grant pre-trial release of defendants. In any case, already then, Turkey had turned into hell for journalism. Securing the release of imprisoned journalists is therefore a key part of creating a better future for human rights in Turkey.
A group of opposition MPs protested the decision and refused to leave the courtroom. In addition to his journalism roles, he was a co-founder of the non-profit P24, Platform for Independent Journalism which acts as an example of editorial independence in the Turkish press.
Some journalists have been imprisoned for more than five years while their trial is ongoing.
We defended that and we were arrested. A vibrant and pluralistic media is essential to the enjoyment of other human rights by all members of society. Also the international audience gets a comprehensive picture of the reality in the country. As rumours insist that these editors face detention again, the government now sends signals of changes that will strip the top court of its jurisdiction.
Some have been deported or denied entry to Turkey while others saw their press credentials revoked. They must be allowed to carry out their work because journalism is not a crime.“In Turkey, what we are witnessing is an attempt to end all independent journalism.
Turkey has become the world’s biggest jailer of journalists with some sentenced to life imprisonment simply for doing their jobs. The time has come to admit that what’s left of journalism in Turkey is a wreck. While a core of bold journalists will go on challenging the shift to.
Press freedom news on Turkey from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Turkey has earned an accolade which holds no glory: according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, it is the biggest jailer of journalists in the world.
According to a report by the Turkish Journalists Association, journalists were fired in Turkey in ; 70 others were subjected to physical violence.
Thirty journalists remain in. The following is a non-exhaustive list of arrested journalists in Turkey: A new updated and searchable list of jailed journalists is compiled by Stockholm Center for Freedom which stated that journalists were jailed, 22 convicted, 4 .Download