Turkey: Writer Ahmet Altan released after Supreme Court overturns his conviction

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Ahmet Altan's portrait on the cover of his book "I will never see the world again", 13 February 2019, InTo MüBu/Flickr, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)

ECtHR: Ahmet Altan’s detention violated his right to liberty, freedom of expression

Noting that there was no indication that Altan’s actions had been part of a deliberate plan to overthrow the government, the ECtHR ruled that Altan has been unlawfully detained and accused without reasonable suspicion of involvement in an illegal organisation and the 2016 attempted coup.

RSF's Turkey representative Erol Önderoglu (C) and physician Sebnem Korur Fincanci (L) speak to the press in front of the courthouse, Istanbul, Turkey, 3 February 2021, OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey’s terrorism law used to punish reporters who don’t toe the official line on Kurdish issues

At least ten journalists will be in court on terrorism charges in the next few weeks, including IFEX member and RSF Turkey representative Erol Önderoglu.

Turkey's President Erdoğan gestures as he joins a video conference call with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, in Brussels, Belgium, 19 March 2021, STEPHANIE LECOCQ/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Human rights groups call on EU leaders to prioritise fundamental rights ahead of Turkey visit

EU leaders should send a strong, public message that improved relations, economic or otherwise, will be tied to substantial improvement in Turkey’s domestic human rights record.