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Amnesty report reveals sharp deterioration in freedom of speech in Turkey in 2016

Amnesty report reveals sharp deterioration in freedom of speech in Turkey in 2016

The state of freedom of expression in Turkey has deteriorated sharply over the past year, particularly since the state of emergency declared after the failed July 2016 coup attempt

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Europe’s top human rights official calls on Turkey to restore free speech

Europe’s top human rights official calls on Turkey to restore free speech

Turkish authorities must “change course” and reverse violations of media freedoms and the rule of law, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks said Feb. 15.

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Turkish actor Haluk Bilginer’s film not screened at festival in latest censorship row

Turkish actor Haluk Bilginer’s film not screened at festival in latest censorship row

A 22-minute short film starring famous Turkish actor Haluk Bilginer is at the center of the latest censorship row in Turkey, after its directors refused to cut parts of it in line with the demands of the authorities.

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Award praises media role in beating coup attempt

Award praises media role in beating coup attempt

RATEM, a civil sector organization bringing together Turkish media outlets, has praised the role of the media in defeating the July 15, 2016, coup attempt at a Media and Democracy Awards ceremony in parliament on Feb. 14.

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66 courses left without academics at Ankara University after latest expulsions

66 courses left without academics at Ankara University after latest expulsions

At least 66 courses have been left without academics and 38 undergraduate theses and 89 postgraduate theses have been left without advisers at Ankara University’s Faculty of Language, History and Geography after the government’s latest expulsions.

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Main opposition suggests bleak picture on Turkey’s human rights under AKP rule

Main opposition suggests bleak picture on Turkey’s human rights under AKP rule

The number of arrested and convicted individuals have risen by 232 percent in Turkey in the last 15 years, while the population increased only by 13.8 percent, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) said in a communique

Comment(s)2/12/2017

Journalists appear at court in Turkey’s controversial OdaTV case

Journalists appear at court in Turkey’s controversial OdaTV case

A total of 13 suspects including journalists and writers appeared before a judge in the ninth hearing of the OdaTV case on Feb. 15, charged with membership of the “Ergenekon” organization.

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Turkey recognizes divorces filed by nationals living overseas

Turkey recognizes divorces filed by nationals living overseas

Turkey’s Justice Ministry has prepared a new regulation that would recognize the legal divorces of Turkish couples living overseas in Turkey as well, Doğan News Agency has reported.

Comment(s)2/10/2017

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