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Turkey’s top court details ruling on pianist Say, says ‘freedom is essential’

Turkey’s top court details ruling on pianist Say, says ‘freedom is essential’

Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals has completed a detailed ruling in its earlier reversal decision of a 10-month jail sentence handed down to world-renowned Turkish pianist and composer Fazıl Say on blasphemy charges, highlighting the need for “a tolerant and wide view for the sake of a free society.”

Comment(s)12/25/2015

Colonel to be paid 1.5 million liras for ‘unfair arrest’

Colonel to be paid 1.5 million liras for ‘unfair arrest’

A local court in Ankara has ruled that a former coup plot convict must be paid 1.5 million Turkish Liras in compensation after he was acquitted following more than three years in jail

Comment(s)12/20/2015

Justice Minister insists journalists not jailed because of profession

Justice Minister insists journalists not jailed because of profession

None of the journalists currently jailed in Turkey have been prosecuted due to charges related to their profession, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ has said

Comment(s)12/23/2015

Christian refugees face difficulties, hide religion in Turkey

Christian refugees face difficulties, hide religion in Turkey

Some 45,000 Christians who fled Syria and Iraq are forced to hide their religious identity in the Turkish provinces of Yozgat, Aksaray and Çorum

Comment(s)12/18/2015

International publishers blast censorship in Turkey

International publishers blast censorship in Turkey

The International Publishers Association on Dec. 22 condemned what it called "blatant political censorship" in Turkey, saying three journalists' books had been pulled from shelves on court orders

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Imprisoned journalist Can Dündar stands trial for insulting Erdoğan’s son

Imprisoned journalist Can Dündar stands trial for insulting Erdoğan’s son

Can Dündar, the editor-in-Chief of daily Cumhuriyet who was recently imprisoned for publishing a story on Syria-bound intelligence trucks, stood trial for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son in two opinion pieces on the Dec. 17, 2013 graft probe, the largest corruption investigation in modern Turkish history, on Dec. 17

Comment(s)12/17/2015

Papandreou voices concern over media freedom in Turkey

Papandreou voices concern over media freedom in Turkey

Socialist International President George Papandreou visited daily Cumhuriyet’s office in Istanbul on Dec. 20, voicing his concern over the state of media freedom in Turkey while also expressing his support for Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

Comment(s)12/20/2015

Former CHP, HDP deputies stage sit-in protest against violence in southeastern Turkey

Former CHP, HDP deputies stage sit-in protest against violence in southeastern Turkey

A group of former lawmakers from the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) have staged a sit-in at parliament, protesting against the violence and curfews imposed on the southeastern towns of Cizre and Silopi

Comment(s)12/17/2015

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