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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 26

An Istanbul court ordered RSF Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu, shown here in a May 2, 2016, file photo, released from pretrial detention on June 30, 2016. (Ozan Kosea/AFP)

Istanbul court orders release of Reporters Without Borders representative, columnist
Istanbul's 13th Court of Serious Crimes today ordered Erol Önderoğlu, Turkey representative of the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and Şebnem Korucu Fincancı, a columnist and human rights activist, released from pretrial detention today, according to media reports.

Attacks on the Press   |   Turkey

Attacks on the Press in 2011: Turkey's Legal Problem

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, buoyed by a landslide election victory, has led an attack on press freedom. (AP/Boris Grdanoski)

With the aid of anachronistic legislation and a rigid judiciary, Turkish officials and politicians have curbed free expression by subjecting journalists to endless court proceedings and legal costs. The EU and the U.S. are no help. By Robert Mahoney

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Mission Journal: Media under growing pressure in Turkey

While there is a surfeit of media in Turkey, outlets are prey to government pressure. (Reuters)

Turkey is awash in media. The newsstands of Istanbul are buried under some 35 dailies of every format and political stripe. The airwaves are thick with TV channels and Internet penetration is tracking an economy growing at Chinese speed. Yet quantity does not equal quality. Nor does the array of titles mean diversity and freedom of expression is blossoming in a country that is seeking to join the European Union. 

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