Press Freedom and Media Developments in Turkey

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  • Turkish composer charged over 'blasphemous' tweets

    11 April 2013
    Turkish classical pianist Fazil Say performs during a concert in Ankara, 14 October 2010.
    Fazıl Say is an internationally renowned classical composer, concert pianist and writer, whose orchestral pieces have been performed by the New York Philharmonic and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, among others. A prolific composer, Say has penned a great number of orchestral works, oratorios, concertos and chamber music in a career spanning over 20 years. He has also written three books on his life and music.

  • Amnesty letter urges Turkey to respect freedom of expression

    10 April 2013
    In a letter addressed to Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç, Amnesty International has urged Turkish authorities to bring their laws in line with international human rights standards by showing their commitment to freedom of expression.
    “A package of reforms before Turkey's Parliament risks being a missed opportunity to bring the country's laws in line with international human rights standards and leaves vulnerable a range of abuses including jail for just expressing an opinion,” the human rights group said in the letter, sent to Arınç on Wednesday.

*** OSCE media freedom representative concerned about continued arrests of journalists in Turkey ***  

VIENNA, 24 January 2013 - OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today expressed concern over the latest wave of arrests of journalists in Turkey and urged the authorities to reform the country’s anti-terrorism law.  

“It is of great concern that another 11 journalists were arrested in Turkey, accused of supporting terrorism,” she said. “I hope the investigations will be transparent and prompt, and will protect the indispensable role that journalists play in providing information to the public.”

According to media reports, 11 journalists were detained in recent police raids that took place in seven regions in Turkey against alleged members of the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front. Six journalists are believed to still be in detention, while five were freed after being ordered to pay a bail of 10,000 Turkish liras and report to the police on a weekly basis. Allegedly the journalists were beaten by the police while in custody and were refused appropriate medical care.  
In a letter to Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, the Representative also repeated concerns about the high number of journalists awaiting trial based on the Anti-Terror Law of Turkey. She said that the latest detentions again show the urgent need for legislative reform.  

“I hope that the fourth reform package will include the much-needed amendments to the Anti-Terror Law, and that the new law will clearly distinguish between the exercise of freedom of expression and freedom of the media and any form of support for terrorism,” she said.    

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A Turkish court released on Monday 12 March 2012 four journalists pending trial on accusations they were part of a conspiracy to overthrow the government, in a case that has become a focus for criticism of Turkey's record on media freedom. Released were:  Nedim Sener,  Ahmet Sik, Sait Cakir and Coskun Musluk.



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