Turkey’s status declined from Partly Free to Not Free, its political rights rating declined from 4 to 5, and its civil liberties rating declines from 5 to 6 due to a deeply flawed constitutional referendum that centralized power in the presidency, the mass replacement of elected mayors with government appointees, arbitrary prosecutions of rights activists and other perceived enemies of the state, and continued purges of state employees, all of which have left citizens hesitant to express their views on sensitive topics.
Status Change Explanation:
According to Freedom House’s Freedom in the World 2018 report, democracy is globally having a crisis, and Turkey has declined from “Partly Free” category to “Not Free” category. Turkey has fallen under the “Not Free” category for the first time in the report.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is currently debating the pros and cons of the Nationalist Movement Party’s (MHP) early decision to back President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the 2019 election, according to sources.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Enis Berberoğlu has refused to wear handcuffs to his trial, which will take place on Jan. 16 at the Istanbul Regional Court. As a result, he will testify through the voice and video informatics system (SEGBİS) from the prison itself.