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…