IPS Communication Foundation – Bianet

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Council of Europe triggers infringement proceedings against Turkey over refusal to release Osman Kavala

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled in 2019 that Turkey should release civil society leader Osman Kavala. Infringement proceedings were initiated due to Turkey’s failure to abide by the ECtHR decision.

Turkey: Journalist Nurcan Yalçın handed 3 years and 7 months in prison

Yalçın was convicted of “aiding an illegal organization” and “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” She was indicted as part of an investigation into the Rosa Women’s Association.

Turkey: “Terrorist propaganda”, “insulting the president” the most common charges used to stifle critics

The Human Rights Foundation of Turkey’s report on free expression violations during 2015-2019 notes a sharp increase in the number of charges of “insulting the president” after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s election in 2014.

Turkey: Third quarter of 2021 saw 29 journalists physically attacked and access blocks on 141 articles by IFEX member Bianet

According to a BİA Media Monitoring Report, 205 journalists also stood trial during July to September; 17 members of the press and cartoonists were put on trial for ‘insulting the president’.

‘JinNews’ reporter Öznur Değer under investigation for reporting on massacre of Kurdish family

Değer is facing charges of “inciting the public to hatred and hostility or humiliation”. Her social media posts – including statements such as “I am Kurd too” and “Kurds are being massacred in Konya” – are being used as evidence against her.

A picture representing a mugshot of the Twitter bird is seen on a smartphone, Istanbul, Turkey, 26 March 2014, OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey: 83-year-old actor faces prison for tweets “insulting” President Erdoğan

Stage actor Genco Erkal faces up to 4 years and 8 months in prison for “insulting the president” for tweets about the presidential system and referring to allegations that Erdoğan did not graduate from university.

A shop owner looks at his phone as he waits for customers inside the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey, 22 March 2021, OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey: One to five years in prison for spreading ‘fake news’ on social media?

According to reports in Turkish media, the government plans to introduce prison sentences of one to five years for publishing and spreading fake news on social media. It will also establish a regulatory body called the “Presidency of Social Media”.

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.