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In his quest to rein in social media, Erdoğan encounters an unfamiliar resistance

Turkey has fined Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok TL 10 million ($ 1.18 million) each. According to a recently enacted law, continued...

Turkish comedian sent to jail for insulting Atatürk, Rumi

Turkish comedian Emre Günsal has been arrested on charges of insulting Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, and the famous mystic Rumi in his...

Top court says demanding freedom for jailed PKK leader is free speech

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has ruled that demanding the release from prison of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan and launching a campaign to agitate for...

Liking pictures of PKK members on social media is free speech, Turkish court says

A Mardin court in southeastern Turkey has ruled to acquit Mürvet Aslan, who liked Facebook content related to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), on the grounds that...

ECtHR fines Turkey for failure to balance respect for privacy with press freedom

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on Tuesday fined Turkey over the failure of local Turkish courts to strike a fair balance between...

US says no tolerance for those using intimidation to stifle freedom of speech

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said there will be no tolerance for those using intimidation and violence to suppress freedom of expression...

CoE human rights commissioner urges Turkey to restore freedom of expression

Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe's (CoE) commissioner for human rights, said on Tuesday that the space for democratic debate in Turkey has shrunk alarmingly...

[VIDEO] Veteran Turkish journalist quits job in protest of gov’t pressure on media

Veteran Turkish journalist Ayşenur Arslan quit her daily program, Medya Mahallesi , at Halk TV, saying she cannot continue her job “as if everything...

HRW report: Turkey’s silencing of media, assaults on press freedom shield state from scrutiny

A report by US-based rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) released on Thursday said that Turkey’s government has all but silenced independent media in...

UN’s special rapporteur Kaye to visit Turkey to assess situation of freedom of expression

David Kaye, a clinical professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, designated a special rapporteur by the United Nations Human Rights Council,...

Turkey’s social media blackout expands after ISIL claims deadly Diyarbakır car bombing

A social media blackout imposed on popular social media websites by Turkish authorities following the detention of pro-Kurdish deputies early on Friday was expanded...

Man arrested in İzmir for ‘insulting Erdoğan’ on social media

A 23-year-old man was arrested in the Seferihisar district of the western İzmir province for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on social media...

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