Turkey ranked 81st out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s newly released Corruption Perceptions Index 2017, sliding six places from the previous year.
EU Enlargement Commissioner Hahn has told Die Welt that the focus needs to be not on Turkey’s accession negotiations but on strategic partnership, remarking that the EU cannot “ignore significant deficits in the rule of law in Turkey”.
The German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel has been released after a year in prison and left Turkey on Friday. After a holiday he plans to resume his work. For commentators, however, the joy at his release is not undiluted.

The aggravated life sentences handed down on February 16 by an Istanbul court to journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak for “attempting to overthrow the constitutional order” has drawn strong reaction from


Freedom House – Feb 16, 7:49 AM

In response to a Turkish criminal court sentencing six journalists to life imprisonment for alleged involvement in a 2016 coup attempt, Freedom House issued the following statement: “These appalling verdicts and prison sentences demonstrate

Human Rights Watch – Feb 16, 10:21 AM

(Berlin) — Three Turkish journalists were convicted on February 16, 2018 on bogus charges related to the failed coup of 2016 and sentenced to life in prison, Human Rights Watch said today. They are the first journalists convicted of

OSCE – Vienna – Feb 16

VIENNA, 16 February 2018 – Today’s court decision to imprison journalists for life constitutes an unparalleled level of suppression of dissenting voices in Turkey, Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media and David

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