Category : Europe and Central Asia

Sharo Ibrahim Garip: “Half of Turkey wants a secular and democratic government”

alt informationIn 2016 hundreds of academics were dismissed from their positions without notice, including sociologist Sharo Ibrahim Garip, who taught at Yuzuncu Yil University

British MP condemns chilling libel cases faced by Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family

alt informationMaltese libel laws are having an incredibly chilling effect on journalism and free speech, said British MP Tom Brake at a parliamentary meeting.

Turkish petition for peace puts academic freedom on trial

alt informationFor Turkish academics, signing a dissenting petition can mean expulsion from their job, the country or even jail time. In Noémi Lévy-Aksu’s case, signing the Academics for Peace petition, “We will not be a party to this crime!” meant losing her teaching position at Boğaziçi University.

Students at Glasgow School of Art fight programme-sanctioned censorship

alt informationNew rules urge students to exercise caution when it comes to “offensive” or “inappropriate” material and warn against “bringing the institution into disrepute”

War abroad, repression at home: Turkey’s academics and students caught up in new wave of arrests

alt informationSince Turkey launched a military operation in Afrin, northern Syria, in January, state repression against critical voices has escalated.

In Portugal’s media crisis, photojournalists often pull the shortest straw

alt information“Green receipts” are a way for independent or freelance workers in Portugal to charge companies for their services on an occasional basis, but the system is often abused

Turkish authorities must halt their repression of Kurdish culture and language

alt informationThe undersigned international press freedom groups call on Turkish authorities to immediately release the 12 printworkers and staff arrested on 28 March at the premises and print works of the newspaper Özgürlükçü Demokrasi and the further 15 staff taken into custody after home raids on the morning of 29 March 2018

Motion lodged in Scottish Parliament based on Index’s media freedom research

alt informationAndy Wightman MSP lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament on 27 March on media freedom following Index on Censorship’s annual Mapping Media Freedom report

Journalism in Exile: Uzbekistan continues its bar on Hamid Ismailov

alt informationHamid Ismailov is an Uzbek journalist and writer who was forced to flee Uzbekistan in 1992 due to what the state dubbed "unacceptable democratic tendencies".

Turkey should immediately release Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay

alt informationTurkey should immediately implement the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and release the veteran journalists Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay without delay, a coalition of nongovernmental groups said,

Open letter to diplomats in Malta regarding the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder

alt informationEight international freedom of expression organisations have signed an open letter urging diplomats in Malta to make their presence felt concerning the investigation of the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder. "Your engagement in this case is setting a standard and precedent for what is permissible in the European Union".