President Erdoğan has said that his ruling AKP government is working on a "strong legal infrastructure” to regulate social media. “It is my duty, as the president, to ensure that all citizens use the social media in an effective and at the same time in a moral way," he said.
An Istanbul district prosecutor has sought a prison sentence for between six months and five years for a presenter from pro-government Akit TV for encouraging people to mobilize and throw hand grenades at the headquarters of the daily Cumhuriyet.
Turkey's media watchdog announced that they launched an investigation into an online news broadcaster for a host's comments about Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II's harsh policies toward the time's progressives. The TV host recalled the sultan's sentencing of a past counsel to death, and his policies toward contemporary authors.
International Press Institute launches podcast series from Turkey on press freedom, future of journalism
The International Press Institute (IPI) has launched "Freedom Dialogues: Turkey," a podcast series exploring media freedom issues from the country. Hosted by Duvar English's editor-in-chief Cansu Çamlıbel, the first episode kicked off with a conversation with prominent journalist Kadri Gürsel.
Turkish daily Evrensel was issued a 45-day ban on all advertisements as a result of a May 5 column titled "No escape from ill fate." The opinion piece is also the topic of a criminal investigation launched by the presidency on the charges of "targeting the constitutional order through messaging about a coup d'état."
Jailed journalist Barış Terkoğlu has said that the lack of the right to a fair trial is a common complaint in Turkey, as he voiced support to jailed lawyer Ebru Timtik, who has been on a death fast with the demand to be tried fairly. "We should be against terror and all the acts that eliminate human life. However, we should know that what differentiates between terrorists and lawyers is the balance of law," he said.
Prosecutors launch another investigation into journalist Murat Ağırel upon Erdoğan family’s complaint
Lawyer Celal Ürgen has said that prosecutors have launched another investigation into journalist Murat Ağırel, who is already incarcerated over a report covering the funeral of an intel operative killed in Libya. The fresh investigation came upon the complaints of President Erdoğan's son Bilal Erdoğan and Treasury Minister Berat Albayrak. The Erdoğan family accuses the journalist of "insulting" them over his claims regarding the formation of the Pelican Group.
Jailed OdaTV journalist Müyesser Yıldız's attorney said that they were worried about evidence tampering. Yıldız's lawyer said that the data collected from the journalist's home wasn't properly catalogued or recorded, which leaves them open to additions.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has once again targeted a journalist over a report revealing nepotism in the municipality in the Black Sea province of Trabzon that's run by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Soylu, who on May 18 targeted journalist Müyesser Yıldız - who was arrested a short while later - on Twitter, praised the couple in the story, while slamming journalist Saygı Öztürk.
International press groups, including the International Press Institute (IPI), PEN International and Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA), on June 15 urged Turkey to release Kurdish journalist Nedim Türfent from prison ahead of June 21 that marks his 1,500th day behind bars. "We call on Turkish authorities once again to stop this injustice!" they said.
TV news sources like Fox and NTV – along with critical voices like Cumhuriyet and Sözcü – are highly rated for trust in Turkey, according to a fresh research by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. The study found that pro-government media outlets such as A Haber, Sabah and Show TV are trusted the least among Turks.
Turkey has blocked access to journalist Can Dündar's online radio station "Özgürüz" and its website ozguruz20.org. Dündar announced on Twitter that the radio will continue to broadcast on ozguruz21.org.
A Turkish court on June 16 arrested Voice of America reporter Arif Aslan hours after he was detained in the southeastern province of Van. The reason for the detention and arrest remains unknown. Media reports said that he was arrested over a previous case into him.
A court has ruled for the arrest of Oda TV Ankara News Editor Müyesser Yıldız four days after she was detained over "political and military espionage." TELE 1 Ankara correspondent İsmail Dükel, who was detained on the same day, was released on condition of judicial control.
Turkish police on June 8 detained two journalists, TELE 1 Ankara correspondent İsmail Dükel and Oda TV Ankara News Editor Müyesser Yıldız, over unknown reasons. According to Oda TV, Yıldız was detained as part of an ongoing military espionage case launched by Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office. It also said that searches were carried out at her house and all of her digital materials were seized.