RSF report: Turkey in free fall in press freedom…

Here is the link for the report….

The state of journalism in Turkey is miserable. Journalists themselves are part of the problem but the state, the government, the judiciary make it worse…

Turkey in Free Fall

from Bianet :: English
Turkey ranges in 138th position among 178 countries reviewed for the World Press Freedom Index issued by Reporters without Borders. This is a further decline compared to last year’s 122nd rank. RSF criticized the quickly increasing number of sanctions against journalists.

Journalists in jail

from Bosphorus Diary by Yavuz Baydar

Noam Chomsky, who visited İstanbul to take part in a conference on freedom of expression, summarized the situation in a calm manner. He told the press that from 2002 to 2008 observers of Turkey had noted with satisfaction that freedom of expression thrived and that journalism and debate became much bolder, but that in the last couple of years the situation had again become alarming.

President Gül Admits Deficits in Press Freedom

from Bianet :: English
After Turkey’s poor performance in the RSF World Press Freedom Index, President Gül admitted “a few complaints and deficits” regarding press freedom. He said that all thoughts should be free as long as they were not concerned with violence.

Refocusing on press freedom

from Bosphorus Diary by Yavuz Baydar

In his analysis on Monday, Ömer Taşpınar highlighted two main points on how Turkey in the post-referendum period is perceived in the US capital. The positive part is, Taşpınar wrote, that there is no doubt across the ocean that Turkey is consolidating its democracy by a resounding ?yes.?
But, he underlined, ?There is a perception among important segments of the US punditry and more importantly the US government that the [Justice and Development Party] AK Party is becoming more authoritarian. The reason for this perception is primarily the tax penalty exerted on the Doğan Media Group.?

Brussels alarmed by Turkish police violence

from – Headline News

Second Quarterly Media Monitoring Report 2010 – Full Text

from Bianet :: English
In the second quarter of 2010, the number of thought crimes has doubled compared to the same period last year. The number of suspects under the Anti-Terrorism Law has increased by factor 5. As the struggle intensifies, freedom of expression weakens.

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