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Turkish Main Opposition CHP Explains What’s Really Behind Dutch-Turkish Row

A Turkish opposition member explained what is truly behind a row between the Turkish and Dutch governments. The Dutch government banned rallies in support of Turkish referendum for sake of its own election expediency, citing national interest, while the Turkish … Continue reading

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Media monitoring report: Journalism Gripped by State of Emergency

​ In 2016, the number of arrested journalists rose from 31 to 131, a record high for the last five years. 56 journalists were attacked, and 118 others were threatened. 179 media outlets were shut down by statutory decrees, and … Continue reading

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“Politics shouldnt be based on fear”CHP Leader Kılıçdaroğlu after AKP official claims civil war would erupt if ‘no’ vote wins

​ The result of a “yes” or “no” vote in the April constitutional referendum will not spark a civil war in Turkey, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said, urging politicians to refrain from using accusatory and discriminative … Continue reading

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World Health Organization Report: Eight of the 10 cities with the worst air pollution in Europe are from Turkey

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Eight of the 10 cities with poor air pollution in Europe are from Turkey, according to data prepared from the World Health Organization on ultra-fine particles of less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5s). According to the WHO, the eastern provinces of … Continue reading

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Campaign #FreeAhmetŞık: Writers worldwide continue to call for the release of journalist Ahmet Şık. Join them !

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​The moment journalist Ahmet Şık, held in terror-related pre-trial detention for 46 days, gets to see his daughter during 1st court hearing on 15 February 2017. More than a thousand sign petition in support of English PEN’s former writer-in-residence and … Continue reading

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Turkey’s unemployment rate rises to 12.1 pct, highest in seven years

Turkey’s unemployment rate rose to 12.1 percent in November 2016, marking the highest such rate since March 2010, official data showed on Feb. 15. The number of unemployed persons aged 15 years and above rose to 3.7 million in November … Continue reading

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Council of Europe Memorandum: Urgent measures are needed to restore freedom of expression in Turkey

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“The space for democratic debate in Turkey has shrunk alarmingly following increased judicial harassment of large strata of society, including journalists, members of parliament, academics and ordinary citizens, and government action which has reduced pluralism and led to self-censorhip. This … Continue reading

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