OSCE media freedom representative concerned over closure of three newspapers and one TV station in Turkey, calls on authorities to restore media pluralism

9 July, 2018 / By OSCE.ORG The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, today expressed his concern regarding the law decree issued in Turkey on 8 July, which closed down three newspapers and one TV station, in a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. “I call on…

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400 election observers in Turkey for June 24

22 may, 2018 / By ansamed.info Nearly 400 observers will be in Turkey for the OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission for the early parliamentary and presidential elections on June 24. In addition to a team of experts, the international mission says it has also recommended sending 28 long-term observers for deployment throughout the country and a…

Turkish media bias a concern ahead of elections

22 may, 2018 / By Karwan Faidhi Dri, rudaw.net Turkish media is violating regulations, giving the ruling party astronomically more air time than opposition parties and leaving Kurdish voices off the airwaves entirely. Turkey’s Media Communication and Postal Employees Union (HABER-SEN) recently published figures of how much time state-funded media TRT has given to each…

Dogan Akhanli: “Si me extraditan no sobreviviría una tercera vez en las prisiones turcas”

August 22, 2017 / By ElHuffPost El periodista y escritor turcoalemán, arrestado en España por orden de Ankara, sostiene que “cooperar con Turquía sería una tragedia para la sociedad española”. El escritor turco-alemán Dogan Akhanli, detenido temporalmente en España a petición de Turquía, ha asegurado que sería una “tragedia” no sólo para él sino para la…

Strangulating Al-Jazeera

4 July, 2017 / By Murtaza Shibli, The News The unending siege of Qatar, which started in the middle of the holy month of Ramazan, continues unabated sans any hope for an easy and early settlement. The powerful blocs of the Gulf kingdoms have displayed scant regard the much-hyped Arab or Muslim camaraderie. They have even…

OSCE Representative condemns continued arrests of journalists in Turkey, calls on authorities to restore media pluralism

1, November 2016/ By Diplomatic Inteligence OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović Monday condemned the arrest of the editor-in-chief of the Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, Murat Sabuncu, and three of its columnists, Güray Öz, Aydın Engin and Kadri Gürsel, the latter is also a member of the board of the International Press…

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called the Turkish government’s seizure of Feza Media Group “unacceptable” and urged Turks to respect media pluralism

8 March 2016 / By Sputnik he Turkish government’s seizure of Feza Media Group was unacceptable as it is contrary to European values, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Monday. On Friday, a Turkish court ordered Feza Media Group, which includes opposition newspaper Zaman, Today’s Zaman daily and the Cihan news agency, to be placed under the management of government trustees.…

The Turkish top-selling opposition newspaper Zaman, which supports the opposition Gülen movement, will now be published in Germany

8 March 2016 / By NEOLine/GK. Published by NewEurope Editor-in-chief of Zaman Almanya (Zaman Germany), Sueleyman Bag, made clear that the Turkish opposition daily will still be published, even though it was taken over by the Turkish government in Turkey. Bag told Reuters on Monday: “As of today we are printing a version of Zaman…

Pressure on media freedom raises concerns: OSCE election monitors

30 October 2015 / By Daily News Media freedom, pluralism and media playing the field for candidates were areas which raised concerns ahead of Turkey’s Nov. 1 elections, according to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) election observation leaders, who spoke after their multi-city visit. The OSCE special coordinator for observation of…