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Far-right party leader threatens to ban Kurdish news outlet Rudaw in Turkey

Ümit Özdağ, leader of the far-right, anti-refugee Victory Party (ZP), has accused the Rudaw Kurdish news outlet of being “separatist” and said he would...

LGBTI+ rights group takes Ankara ban on gay events to ECtHR

One of the oldest LGBTI+ advocacy groups in Turkey has filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) regarding a ban...

Book of poetry by jailed Kurdish politician banned for promoting ‘terrorism’

A Turkish court has banned the publication, distribution and sale of a poetry book written by a Kurdish politician who has been behind bars...

Festival in eastern Turkey had to be cancelled due to ban

Hundreds of people who travelled to the eastern Turkish province of Tunceli to attend a culture festival have taken to the streets to protest...

Police seize banned volumes at book fair in eastern Turkey

Turkish police have confiscated copies of three books at a book fair in the eastern province of Tunceli on the grounds that they had...

Turkish authorities ban all Pride Week activities in İstanbul

Turkish authorities banned all Pride Week activities in İstanbul in order to “maintain peace and security, and prevent criminal activities,” amid an increasing number...

Rector’s office bans pride march at ODTÜ

The rector’s office at the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Ankara has banned an annual pride march that was to be held on...

Musicians in Turkey overwhelmed by frequent bans on concerts

Musicians in Turkey, who represent one of the professions hit hardest by fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, are now struggling with bans imposed on...

Turkey sees banning of more Kurdish-language events across country

Local administrations have canceled four events, three concerts and a theatre play that were to be performed in Kurdish in three provinces across Turkey...

Governor’s office ban on music festival in Turkey’s ‘student city’ sparks outrage

The governor’s office has attracted condemnation and anger from university students, musicians and opposition politicians for banning what would have been the largest music...

Women’s day events held amid bans, police intervention in Ankara, İstanbul

Large groups of women on Tuesday held marches to mark International Women’s Day, protesting the widespread issues of male violence and sexism in the...

Opposition politician takes ban on women’s day march to court

A politician from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has petitioned an İstanbul court for an injunction on a ban imposed by the...

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