Universities continued to be targeted (from Boğaziçi Uni, to Galatasaray and Ankara Universities)

Turkey, one university against the regime

For 45 days students and academics at Istanbul’s prestigious university Boğaziçi have protested the appointment of new rector Melih Bulu, a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)

The University of Galatasaray (GSÜ) is an island of French-speaking knowledge on the edge of the…
Ankara University’s Faculty of Language and History-Geography (DTCF) has cancelled plans to mark

Court merges Osman Kavala’s ‘espionage’ case with Gezi trial

Despite the strong defense of the attorneys and witness statements, the İstanbul 36th Heavy Penal Court has ruled that Osman Kavala shall remain behind bars. The file of his “espionage” case has been merged with that of “Gezi”.

ECtHR applications from Turkey increased by 29 percent in a year

Applications from four countries made up 75 percent of all pending applications at the European top court, Spano has said.

Attorneys of Kavala: Courts disregard ECtHR, Council of Europe

“The common point of all verdicts about Osman Kavala is that these verdicts were given despite the ECtHR and the Committee of Ministers decision and by ‘disregarding’ these institutions and decisions,” the attorneys have said.
Access blocks affected at least 1,910 URLs, 870 of the blocked URLs contained news and 26 news websites were blocked from November 2019 to October 2020.
According to a recent report released by the Initiative for Freedom of Expression, one fifth of all prisoners in Turkey are either standing trial or already convicted of “terror” crimes.
Marija Pejčinović Burić, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE), has commented on Turkey’s failure to release businessperson and rights defender Osman Kavala despite the judgement of the ECtHR.

‘Osman Kavala’ statement by 8 Human Rights Ambassadors

Ahead of today’s hearing, the Human Rights Ambassadors of eight European countries have released a joint statement and called on the authorities to implement the ECtHR judgements and immediately release arrested businessperson Kavala.
VOA – Jan 27

Today Voice of America released a new documentary titled, “Turkey: Breaking the Silence.” The film explores the erosion of press freedom in the two decades under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s rule. Under Erdoğan’s

2020 was a year when Turkey, having serious problems with the European Union (EU) in strategic relations, could not convince the EU with its constant talks of reforms in human rights, rule of law and freedom of press and expression.

Free Web Turkey report: 42% of blocked news are related to government and its close circles


According to public sources, access blocks affected at least 1910 URLs
870 of blocked URLs contained news
26 news websites were blocked within twelve months

According to a new report launched by the Free Web Turkey platform, 42% of the blocked news between November 2019 and October 2020 were directly related to the Turkish President and Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his family or the mayors and officials of the AKP.

Rakel Dink said, “Let me put it bluntly. Claiming that Hrant was killed by FETÖ is synonymous to saying, ‘it was not me, it was my hand’. Alleging that Hrant was murdered by Ergenekon is tantamount to saying, ‘it was not me, it was my foot’.

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