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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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Presumably, the Turkish daily did not want to anger the government because of the author’s “No” stand in t he Turkish referendum

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Hurriyet daily scraped an interview with the novelist Orhan Pamuk that was scheduled for publication on Monday. Al-Monitor reports that Pamuk confirmed that he had spoken at length with Cansu Camlibel, the newspaper’s Washington correspondent. It appears that the interview … Continue reading

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Contrasting data on women in Turkey

The report “Human Rights Record of the AKP [Justice and Development Party]” prepared by Zeynep Altıok, the deputy chair of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), and her team, once again displays the state of women in Turkey. To … Continue reading

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CHP suggests bleak picture on Turkey’s human rights under AKP rule

The number of arrested and convicted individuals have risen by 232 percent in Turkey in the last 15 years, while the population increased only by 13. CHP EU via Please read the full version from the following website.

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CHP slams President Erdoğan over ‘polarizing’ language on the eve of key polls

“The main opposition CHP has slammed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, saying they used a polarizing and divisive language by accusing naysayers of the upcoming referendum of siding with terrorists. “The president, prime minister, and governmental … Continue reading

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