IPS Communication Foundation – Bianet

Articles by IPS Communication Foundation – Bianet

Turkey: Journalists face a total of 158 years in prison for bestselling book

Journalists Barış Pehlivan and Barış Terkoğlu co-authored “Metastaz-2: Cendere” (“Metastasis 2: The Press”), which examines the government, the judiciary, the 2016 coup attempt, and claims to reveal the infiltration of state institutions by religious sects.

Turkish lawmakers pass law to exert greater control over NGOs

The legislation permits the Ministry of Interior to replace NGO executives who are prosecuted for “terrorism” charges with new members and suspend the activities of groups. Rights groups warn that it threatens freedom of association and will allow the government to repress civil society organizations.

Turkey demands action from France over ‘Charlie Hebdo’ cartoon of President Erdoğan

Following the publication of a cartoon of Erdoğan lifting a veiled woman’s dress, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanded political and legal action against ‘Charlie Hebdo’.

President Erdoğan announces aim to “either completely ban or control” social media

Erdoğan’s remarks came after insults were directed at his son-in-law Berat Albayrak on social media. Declaring the tweets “immoral” and “dishonourable”, Erdoğan pledged a bill to control “this kind of media”.

Turkish court order blocks access to over 130 websites including “Bianet”

The mass blocking of social media platforms and websites represents a huge assault on freedom of expression. IFEX member “Bianet” was not informed of the reason for the block.

Amnesty International activists hold a protest outside the EU commission with giant figures depicting activists who were detained in Turkey, in Brussels, Belgium, 25 July 2017, REUTERS/Eric Vidal

Prosecutor seeks lengthy prison sentences for detained rights advocates

The Prosecutor’s Office has drafted the indictment for rights advocates from various organisations who were detained during a digital security workshop on July 5 in Büyükada.

Amnesty International Belgium's Director Philippe Hensmans poses in a cage in front of the Turkish embassy in Brussels on 10 July 2017 to protest against the detention of his Turkish counterpart Idil Eser, REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Support from five continents for detained human rights advocates in Turkey

40 rights organisations from five different continents demand the release of human rights defenders detained in Turkey.

Kem Ley, 4 June, 2016, AP/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Pressure mounts on Cambodia a year after Kem Ley’s killing

On the one-year anniversary of the death of popular Cambodian activist Kem Ley, civil society organisations from around the world reiterated their call for an independent inquiry.