Category : Europe and Central Asia

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

Russia: Death threats force comedian into exile

A popular Russia vlogger and comedian is facing condemnation and possible charges for a satirical video.

#IndexAwards2017: Turkey Blocks strives to win back the internet

Established in 2015, Turkey Blocks is an independent digital research organisation that monitors internet access restrictions in Turkey

Turkey’s silenced: Journalist Nur Ener arrested after a tip-off

Nur Ener is one of over 150 journalists in prison in Turkey. She was arrested for using an obscure app after publishing critical interview.

Meltem Arikan: The difference between Wales and Turkey

While touring Wales recently with my new play Enough Is Enough, I thought about what I experienced with my earlier work in Turkey. But which Turkey?

Daniel Gascón: The joke is on Cassandra Vera

Cassandra Vera has been sentenced to one year in prison for thirteen jokes about the murder of the Francoist leader Carrero Blanco in 1973.

Amberin Zaman: Turkey has entered uncharted waters

Many cast Turkey's April 16 referendum as a final chance to reverse the slide towards authoritarianism. But the odds are heavily stacked against the opposition.

Exiled, jailed, silenced: The war against Azerbaijan’s journalists

Azerbaijan's independent and critical journalists frequently find themselves targeted.

#IndexAwards2017: Ildar Dadin courageously defends the right to protest in Russia

For his one-man protests, Ildar Dadin was sent to prison where he was tortured, before his conviction was quashed in February 2017

Semih Poroy: Life under emergency rule

A cartoonist for the daily Cumhuriyet shares his take on life in Turkey under emergency rule.