Category : Turkey Statements

Index calls the re-arrest of novelist Ahmet Altan “arbitrary and cruel”

alt informationTurkish authorities re-arrested the internationally known Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan just one week after his release from more than three years in detention. Index on Censorship and 24 other NGOs say that his re-arrest, on 12 November, was an extraordinarily low blow in a case that has been marked by political interference and arbitrariness from […]

Free speech and human rights organisations call for Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and other journalists to be released

alt informationAhead of the second hearing in the retrial of Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and four other journalists and media workers, free speech organisations call for all detained defendants to be released and for the charges to be dropped

Turkey urged to halt its assault on media freedom and civil society

alt informationThirteen international organisations have submitted a statement to UN Human Rights Council calling on Turkey to halt is crackdown on the media.

UN should address Turkey’s crackdown against journalists

alt informationEighteen international organisations have written to the UN Human Rights Council to ask that it address the Turkish government’s repressive campaign against freedom of expression

Turkey: “Trial is in itself an act of intimidation”

alt informationHuman rights and freedom of expression organisations have condemned a judicial ruling made by a Turkish court in the second hearing of the Gezi Park trial.

Turkish think-tank report escalates harassment of journalists

alt informationIndex on Censorship, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and 18 other human rights and freedom of expression organisations condemn a Turkish pro-government think-tank’s report that accuses leading international media of being biased against the government and singles out their correspondents for attack.

Solidarity with Academics for Peace imprisoned in Turkey

alt informationWe declare our solidarity with Academics for Peace, and with all progressives under threat in Turkey.

World Press Freedom Day should bring freedom for Musa Kart and his Cumhuriyet colleagues

alt informationIndex on Censorship joins Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI) to report that the internationally acclaimed cartoonist Musa Kart is again a prisoner this World Press Freedom Day.

Farcical indictment shows how far Turkey has fallen

alt informationIndex on Censorship condemns a criminal indictment sent to a Turkish court against 16 civil society leaders including artist Meltem Arikan, actors Memet Ali Alabora and Pinar Ogun, and journalist Can Dündar.

A permanent state of emergency by any name is no substitute for respecting human rights

alt informationIndex on Censorship joins call for Turkey's government to end the state of emergency by withdrawing recently passed legislation that replicates many of the state of emergency's special provisions

An open letter for the attention of the future President of the Republic of Turkey

alt informationSeventeen international freedom of expression and professional organisations have sent a joint letter with their demands for how to protect and strengthen media freedom and independent journalism in Turkey to all candidates in the upcoming presidential elections

Guilty verdicts against the Cumhuriyet journalists and executives must be overturned

alt informationInternational NGOs call on the institutions of the Council of Europe and its member states to remind Turkey of its international obligation to respect and protect human rights