Category : Europe and Central Asia

Europe must not abandon the Altans and Turkey’s other jailed journalists

alt informationTwo of Turkey's most prominent writers, brothers Ahmet and Mehmet Altan, were sentenced to life in prison on Friday 16 February 2018.

A black day for press freedom and justice in Turkey

alt informationIndex on Censorship strongly condemns Turkey’s sentencing of six defendants -- including journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazli Ilcak -- to aggravated life sentences.

Turkey reporter stayed one step ahead of crackdown

alt informationAbdullah Bozkurt, the Ankara bureau chief for Today’s Zaman was forced into exile after the failed July 2016 coup in Turkey.

After colleague’s death, Russian reporter fears return to homeland

alt informationKseniya Kirillova thought her stay in the U.S. would be only temporary.

Two journalists face up to 45 years for ‘espionage’

alt informationTwo journalists for the shuttered pro-Kurdish Dihaber agency are facing up to 45 years in prison on terror and espionage charges even though their reporting is the only evidence that has been presented by prosecutors.

KCK press trial: “The template for all Turkey’s media trials”

alt informationOnce the biggest media trial in Turkey, the KCK press trial hardly makes the news today, even though it set a grim precedent for the criminalisation of journalistic activities in the country

Turkey’s politically motivated trials: Targeting Academics for Peace

alt informationSince January 2016 the Academics for Peace case has become one of the symbols of the crackdown on democracy in Turkey.

Slapp: Shadowy legal actions are being used to silence the media

alt informationJournalists who dare to investigate powerful people or companies are facing increasingly expensive legal threats to stop them publishing

Council of Europe must ensure justice for murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

alt informationIndex on Censorship joined a letter calling for PACE to appoint a Special Rapporteur to monitor the investigation into the murder of a Maltese journalist.

Chechnya: Immediately release human rights defender Oyub Titiev

alt informationWe, members of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP), are deeply concerned at reports of the arrest of Oyub Titiev, head of Human Rights Center Memorial’s Grozny office in Chechnya on highly dubious narcotics charges. We call for his immediate and unconditional release and dropping of all charges. Titiev is highly respected in the international human […]

Russia: How one radio station became a target of pressure, threats and extreme violence

alt informationIn 2017 Mapping Media Freedom, Index on Censorship’s project for monitoring media violations throughout Europe, registered 15 reports relating to Echo Moskvy.