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…

OSCE Representative condemns police raid against media outlets in Turkey, calls on authorities to restore and ensure media pluralism

29 October 2015 / By Diplomatic Intelligence.eu Police raiding offices of media outlets, detaining journalists, and using tear gas and water cannons, is unacceptable, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović said Wednesday. “This morning’s raid by the police on the television channels Kanaltürk and Bugün TV is a clear obstruction of media…

WAN-IFRA calls on Turkish gov’t to respect pluralism in media

2 June 2015 / By Hurriyet Daily News The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) called the Turkish government on May 31 ‘to urgently recognize the importance of plural voices within the media and to provide the conditions for independent sources of information’ as the country is only a week ahead of critical…

Turkish media, government plagued by hate speech

3 May 2015 / By Today’s Zaman On Tuesday morning, a national newspaper with pro-government values, the Vahdet daily, hit the stands, declaring on its front page that 300 leaders of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) are crypto-Armenians and claimed that they were baptized in churches. The overall accusatory tone of the article is…

EU: Media arrests in Turkey are against European values

19 December, 2014 / By Journal Turkish Weekely News Turkey was criticized by the European Union (EU) over arrestment of media representatives. The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn released a joint statement and said that the raids and arrests are incompatible with the freedom…

President Schulz shocked at media crackdown in Turkey

15 December, 2014 / By European Parliament News Mr Schulz opened the December session with a reminder that freedom of the press and media pluralism are fundamental EU values. We take our negotiations with Turkey as a candidate country very seriously, he said, and must therefore point to problems as well as to progress. President…