In a letter addressed to Rıdvan Duran, the general director of Turkey's Public Advertising Agency (BİK), ten members of the European Parliament (EP) called for the immediate end to the public advertising ban that has been imposed on daily Evrensel since September 2019.
The head of Turkey's media watchdog has thanked the staff of locally-made TV series and shows for making "sacrifices for citizens” by continuing to shoot their episodes. Ebubekir Şahin's comments come amid the cancellation and postponements of several TV series around the world amid the coronavirus epidemic.
The International Press Institute called on governments around the world to ensure the freedom of the press in their respective countries amid the coronavirus outbreak. The IPI urged governments to allow reporters access to information and officials, ensure that press freedom is not limited under the guise of health precautions, and provide reporters with access to protective gear.
Turkey's Constitutional Court ruled that the pro-government newspaper Yeni Akit's referring to actor Müjdat Gezen as “pimp” should be considered within the limits of “the freedom of press and expression.” It thereby lifted a symbolic fine of 3 kurus previously imposed on the newspaper for violating Gezen's personal rights.
OdaTV's editor-in-chief Barış Pehlivan has been arrested on charges of violating state intelligence laws by revealing the identity of an intelligence operative in a story. Pehlivan is the third journalist to be arrested in the case.
Access to OdaTV has been blocked as a result of “an administrative order” imposed by the Turkish Telecommunications Authority (BTK). The move came after two OdaTV journalists were arrested over charges of violating intelligence laws by disclosing the identity of an intelligence operative even though an opposition MP had revealed the name a week prior to the publication of the OdaTV story.
Four employees from Russian outlet Sputnik Türkiye have been detained over the weekend following the Syrian army's Feb. 27 attack on a Turkish convoy in Idlib where over 30 soldiers died. The editor-in-chief of Sputnik Türkiye was briefly detained a day after the homes of three employees were attacked by nationalistic groups.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has scolded a reporter working for Fox TV, a media outlet critical of the government, over a question on Turkish soldiers in Libya. "Fox should be a newspaper first. It should be a serious member of the press. You need to learn this. Quit producing fake news," Erdoğan said.
The Google News Initiative, which claims to support quality journalism around the world, has selected the pro-gov't Demirören Media Group as the Turkish media group that it will support with funding in its GNI Innovative Challenges Project. The Demirören Holding company is known for being close to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
The opposition daily Evrensel newspaper has been handed a ten-day advertisement ban by the Press Advertisement Agency (BİK) after it published a story last year criticizing the agency for making it impossible for Kurdish-language newspapers to thrive in the country.
The Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS) organized a protest in front of the Presidential Communications Directorate in Ankara to condemn the ongoing investigations into over 800 journalists despite the reversal of some's press cards getting cancelled. Turkey's Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun denied that some cards had been cancelled and said that press cards of 894 journalists are awaiting 'meticulous inspection'.
Turkey’s Presidential Communications Directorate has cancelled press cards of many journalists working for opposition newspapers Birgün, Evrensel and Cumhuriyet. A number of journalism organizations slammed the cancellations, urging the authorities to backtrack on their "unlawful" decision.
British Embassy in Turkey hosted a panel discussion on media in the digital age titled "Media in the Digital Age: Challenges and Opportunities" that was supported by the Chevening Alumni Programme Fund (CAPF). The panel was hosted by British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott at the British Embassy Residence.
The Journalists' Union of Turkey (TGS) said that 250 journalists went on trial in the country in 2019 due to their reporting and they received 133 years imprisonment in total. Turkey is the world's second largest jailer of journalists after China with 108 journalists behind bars, said a report released by the main opposition CHP deputy Çakırözer on the occasion of January 10 Working Journalists’ Day.
After criticizing Islamist writer and Yalova University lecturer Ebubekir Sifil for defending polygamy, the Youtube news channel Babiali TV has been temporarily prevented from broadcasting after copyright complaints from Sifil and another prominent Islamist. Sifil had previously stated that men have the right to have multiple wives in different provinces.