IPS Communication Foundation – Bianet
Articles by IPS Communication Foundation – Bianet

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.

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.

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’.

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”.

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

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

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

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.