IPS Communication Foundation – Bianet

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Turkey’s media laws under scrutiny after Istanbul bombing

After six people lost their lives and 81 others were wounded when a bomb planted under a bench detonated on a busy pedestrian street, authorities imposed several restrictions on news coverage and on social media.

Turkey: Journalists working for Kurdish outlets detained in ‘terror’ investigation

Turkish Police have detained journalists working for two pro-Kurdish news outlets in raids across five cities in “terrorism-related” investigations.

Turkey: Prosecutor seeks up to three years in prison for pop singer Gülşen

Singer Gülşen was arrested on 25 August in relation to a joke she made in April about religious schools. She was released to house arrest on 29 August.

Turkey: Dozens of Kurdish concerts and plays banned during last three years

May 2022 alone has seen local administrations cancel concerts by Kurdish singer Aynur Doğan and musicians Metin and Kemal Kahraman, and the banning of ‘Don Kîxot’, a Kurdish adaptation of Cervantes’s ‘Don Quijote’.

Turkey: Journalist Güngör Arslan dies after shooting

Owner and managing editor of local newspaper ‘Kocaeli Ses’, Güngör Arslan was targeted in an armed attack at his office. A suspect has been arrested.

Turkey: Court refuses to release journalist Sedef Kabaş

Detained journalist Sedef Kabaş faces a potential prison sentence of over 12 years for “insulting the president” and “insulting a public official”. Her first hearing is scheduled for 11 March 2022.

Singer Sezen Aksu responds to Erdoğan’s threat with new song

Since releasing a video clip for one of her songs, singer Sezen Aksu has faced threats. A group of government supporters filed a criminal complaint against her and she later became the target of the pro-government media, government politicians and their allies, and finally, President Erdoğan.

Turkey: Journalists win legal battle for press cards

Turkey’s Council of State has concluded that the Presidency’s Communications Directorate is not authorised to decide who will be given a press card or under what circumstances the press card is to be cancelled.