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Yavuz Baydar: Silence is the enemy of democracy

Yavuz Baydar: Silence is the enemy of democracy

Ministers are empowered to close TV, radio, websites and, even, book publishers. Prosecutors are required to follow those orders. This means a total end of media freedom in Turkey.

Yavuz Baydar: Tough times ahead for Turkey

Yavuz Baydar: Tough times ahead for Turkey

The arrests of dozens of journalists has added to the profound concerns for press freedom in Turkey, where emergency rule gives the authorities power to extend arrest periods up to 30 days.

Mapping Media Freedom: In review 22-28 July

Mapping Media Freedom: In review 22-28 July

Each week, Index on Censorship’s Mapping Media Freedom project verifies threats, violations and limitations faced by the media throughout Europe

Turkey’s rising censorship: How did we get here?

Turkey’s rising censorship: How did we get here?

The spotlight has been on Turkey following the attempted coup against President Recep Erdogan and the government’s ensuing crackdown on journalists, teachers, judges and soldiers. How did it come to this?

Yavuz Baydar: Turkey’s rounding up reporters, editors and columnists

Yavuz Baydar: Turkey’s rounding up reporters, editors and columnists

47 journalists subject to arrest under warrants issued on Wednesday. The list included the names of columnists, editors and reporters who formerly had been employed at Zaman

Dunja Mijatović : Turkey must treat media freedom for what it really is – a test of democracy

Dunja Mijatović : Turkey must treat media freedom for what it really is – a test of democracy

Media freedom must be treated for what it really is: a strong test of democracy.

Yavuz Baydar: Erdogan is ruling Turkey by decree

Yavuz Baydar: Erdogan is ruling Turkey by decree

As journalists are detained, Yavuz Baydar writes about the changes being rolled out by Turkey's government

Ukraine: Journalist’s murder is the latest in a long line of violent attacks

Ukraine: Journalist’s murder is the latest in a long line of violent attacks

The death of Pavel Sheremet on Wednesday 20 July came as violent incidents against journalists in Ukraine have been on the rise since May.

Yavuz Baydar: The largest clampdown in modern Turkey’s history

Yavuz Baydar: The largest clampdown in modern Turkey’s history

Journalist Yavuz Baydar writes of the continuing crackdown in Turkey.

Yavuz Baydar: Escalation in the clampdown on Turkey’s media and academia

Yavuz Baydar: Escalation in the clampdown on Turkey’s media and academia

It was at the early hours of Friday that a journalist sent a note to her colleagues. “We are told by the management that our publication is discontinued with immediate effect,” she said. “We are told to pack our belongings and leave the office. You can’t imagine how sad I

Mapping Media Freedom: A disastrous week for Turkish journalism

Mapping Media Freedom: A disastrous week for Turkish journalism

Turkey has seen an increase in violations against media workers, with journalists murdered, held hostage, arrested and physically attacked, as well as having equipment confiscated

Yavuz Baydar: As the purge deepens in Turkey, is a self-coup underway?

Yavuz Baydar: As the purge deepens in Turkey, is a self-coup underway?

The failed 15 July coup, bloody and despicable, delivered a lethal blow to the already crippled democratic order in Turkey.

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