All after the fact… English PEN in its latest report: freedom of expression in jeopardy in Turkey…

Commenting on operation launched against Boğaziçi University students, Kati Piri from the EP has tweeted, “Anti-war students labeled ‘terrorists’ by President Erdoğan. Critical thinking dangerous endeavor in ‘new Turkey’”.
Turkey and the EU “agreed to accelerate relations” at a high-level summit in Varna on March 26, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, while adding it would be “self-deceiving” to say all negativities between Ankara and Brussels have been left behind.

English PEN – Cat Lucas – Mar 27, 7:11 AM

6.30 – 8pm, 28 March 2018 Join English PEN for the launch of our latest report ‘Turkey: freedom of expression in jeopardy’. The report, researched and written by leading experts in the field and internationally recognised advocates

Police have raided homes and dormitories in the wake of Erdoğan addressing the students, who protested those commemorating people who lost their lives in Afrin by distributing Turkish delight in Boğaziçi University, “We will find those students by footage”.
Police on March 25 were holding seven students from Istanbul’s prestigious Boğaziçi University after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused them of behaving like “terrorists” for staging a protest opposing Turkey’s military campaign in Syria.

Internet broadcast law passed in Turkish Parliament amid ‘censorship’ outcry

A law regulating video and audio broadcasts online has been approved in the Turkish Parliament.
The legislation, which is enabling Radio and Television Supreme Council to supervise series, movies and documentaries released by right of broadcasting and license on Internet, has passed in parliament.
The Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria has issued accreditation for 95 jailed journalists from Turkey for the EU-Turkey Leader’s Meeting.
Turkish singer and actress Zuhal Olcay was sentenced to 10 months in jail for “insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan” finalizing an indictment approved by the 46th Criminal Court of Peace, daily Hürriyet reported on March 22.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) announced on March 20 long-awaited judgments on applications filed on behalf of Turkish journalists Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan, who were imprisoned following a failed coup attempt in 2016.

Turkey slams UN over human rights report

UN rights office calls for halt to ‘continued deterioration of human rights’ in a report described by Ankara as biased.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on March 20 ruled that the right to liberty and security of journalists Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan have been violated.

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