23 Oct 2012

Turkey's Press Freedom Crisis

The Dark Days of Jailing Journalists and Criminalizing Dissent


Turkish authorities are engaging in widespread criminal prosecution and jailing of journalists, and are applying other forms of severe pressure to promote self-censorship in the press, a CPJ analysis shows. CPJ has found highly repressive laws, particularly in the penal code and anti-terror law; a criminal procedure code that greatly favors the state; and a harsh anti-press tone set at the highest levels of government. Turkey’s press freedom situation has reached a crisis point. 

A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists - Two of Turkey's leading journalists speak from jail