Category : Europe and Central Asia

Yavuz Baydar: Turkey’s crippled and tarnished journalism found space to breathe

With the hollowing out of the Turkish media landscape in recent years, honest coverage on the night of the historic referendum was rare

Investigate corruption allegations linking PACE and Azerbaijan

We, representatives of international and national non-governmental organisations, issue this appeal prior to a discussion of the investigation into allegations of corruption at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in connection with its work on Azerbaijan, at the Assembly’s April 2017 session and a meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly before […]

Turkey’s post-referendum freedom of expression

  The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and Index on Censorship held a public forum at the House of Commons on Thursday 20 April 2017 to discuss the impact of the recent Turkish referendum as part of the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards. The referendum held on 16 April 2017 saw President Recep Tayyip Erdogan […]

#IndexAwards2017: Journalists from the Maldives and Serbia describe attacks on press freedom

Thousands of miles separate the Maldives from Serbia, but Zaheena Rasheed and Stevan Dojcinovic describe similar attacks on press freedom at a panel discussion at London

Ramazan Ölçen: Kurdish journalist detained for working at Apê Musa’s newspaper

“Of course my family are worried,” says Ramazan Ölçen, who was detained for owning the copyrights to what was Turkey’s only Kurdish-language daily newspaper

French presidential campaign: Trumpisation and attacks on the media

France's presidential election has been rife with accusations against the media.

Ildar Dadin: “For Putin it’s important to break the spirit of a free man”

Russian activist Ildar Dadin spoke about the total breakdown of the rule of law and his own incarceration and torture at an event hosted by Doughty Street Chambers.

Silencing the Kurds: Shuttered media and cultural institutions

Turkey's Kurdish media and cultural institutions have been closed as the peace process with the country's Kurds has disintegrated.

Turkey: Freedom of the arts, archives and erasure

Erdogan's crackdown on freedom of expression follows a familiar pattern.

#IndexAwards2017: KRIK exposes crime and corruption in Serbia

KRIK is a new independent investigative website which is intent on exposing organised crime and extortion in Serbia

Turkey, free speech and the referendum

Join us for a discussion to analyse the result of the referendum on Turkey’s domestic and foreign policies and freedom of expression in particular.

Turkey: Court bans pro-Kurdish HDP’s referendum song

Bejin Na/Say No was recently banned in the Şırnak province for inciting "inciting the public hate" and unrest