August was another month of tragedy for journalists and also LGBTQ+ Community in Turkey…

Stop the press: Turkey’s crackdown on its media goes into overdrive – Constanze Letsch – Aug 28, 10:00 PM Since the attempted coup, the government has ordered more than a hundred outlets to close and arrested 48 journalists More journalists detained in operation against Gülen  Hurriyet Daily News Detention warrants have been issued for a … Read more

“Campaign to Act in Solidarity With Aslı Erdoğan…

Aslı Erdoğan: I Haven’t been Given My Medication, Wasn’t Let Out To Fresh Air Bianet :: English  Arrested Özgür Gündem daily Publishing Consultant Board member, novelist and columnist Aslı Erdoğan has noted that she had not been given her medication in the prison and was being held in a solitary confinement cell. Her attorneys have objected … Read more

Raping law everyday: Turkey detains head of Diyarbakır Bar Association #TahirElçi

Diyarbakır Bar Association head detained for PKK remarks Diyarbakır Association head Tahir Elçi is detained in the southeastern province late for his recent remarks that ‘the PKK is not a terror organization’ Diyarbakır Bar President Detained  Bianet :: English Diyarbakır Bar President Tahir Elçi, has been detained. His testimony will be taken in İstanbul. Journey Towards History of … Read more

Istanbul news roundup: “Not your mother’s Islam: the stylish women of Istanbul

Shoppers in the Fatih distict of Istanbul, Turkey. Fatih is known as one of the most conservative districts in the city. Not your mother’s Islam: the stylish women of Istanbul British Journal of Photography At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home … Read more

At least 86 dead as of 15:53 in Ankara explosions. AKP’s Turkey cannot even provide security in its own capital…

        Turkey blast: aftermath of Ankara bomb attack – video World news: Turkey | The aftermath of twin explosions outside Ankara’s main train station on Saturday morning. The blasts appear to have targeted hundreds of people who had gathered to protest violence between authorities and Kurdish separatist group, the PKK. Turkish government … Read more

As Turkey continues to arrest Kurdish politicians, new Freedom of Expression Violation Verdicts by ECHR…

Two Freedom of Expression Violation Verdicts by ECHR  Bianet :: English The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that charges pressed against Günlük Evrensel newspaper writers Ahmet Sami Belek and Savaş Velioğlu, and Müdür Duman from HADEP are violation of freedom of expression and condemned Turkey to indemnity. ECHR fines Turkey over conviction of journalists … Read more

For the record, Turkish interior ministry to pay to French student for Gezi detainment…

Turkish interior ministry to pay 10,000 liras to French student for Gezi detainment: Court A French student who was deported after being detained by the police during Istanbul’s Gezi Park protests on June 11, 2013, has won 10,000 Turkish Liras in compensation for being unlawfully deprived of her freedom during her detention. Council of Europe advisory body … Read more

One party rule- “Turkey’s state-run TV refuses to air CHP ad ‘targeting gov’t’

Turkey’s state-run TV refuses to air CHP ad ‘targeting gov’t’ The state-run Turkish Radio Television (TRT) has refused to air an election campaign advertisement by the main opposition party ‘because it directly targets the government,’ Turkish President Erdoğan promises police force full support President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has pledged full support to Turkey’s police force against any … Read more

For the record, Turkey’s Energy minister vowed to keep lights on during polls (!)

Turkish minister vows to keep lights on during polls Hurriyet Daily News Energy Minister Yıldız, who once accused a cat of sabotaging Turkey’s local elections, has vowed to keep lights on during upcoming general elections Turkish parties in crucial stage of polls before deadline Parties from all sides of Turkey’s political spectrum race to get their final … Read more

The Turkish army is back. “236 acquitted in Balyoz coup case

236 acquitted in Balyoz coup case   All 236 suspects in the ‘Balyoz’ coup plot case were acquitted March 31 after the case’s prosecutor argued that digital data submitted as evidence was ‘fake’ Turkish army denounces ‘illegal copying’ of state secrets The Turkish General Staff has filed a criminal complaint over the permitting of top secret information … Read more

Council of Europe says Turkey Didn’t Implement 1,241 ECHR Rulings As 58 notable citizens probed for criticizing Anadolu Agency on Twitter

58 probed for criticizing Anadolu Agency Hurriyet Daily News A probe has been launched into 58 well-known figures on the grounds that they criticized the state-run Anadolu Agency on Twitter Democracy at Risk: IPI Special Report on Turkey, 2015 ACTURCA International Press Institute (IPI) March 2015 Steven M. Ellis * Turkish authorities’ failure to safeguard – and, … Read more

As Erdoğan makes Iran the new enemy over Yemen… Council of Europe official condemns Turkey’s sentencing of cartoonists

VIDEO: France 24’s exclusive interview with Turkish President Erdoğan Erdoğan told France 24 that Ankara may consider providing ‘logistical support’ to the Saudi-led military mission launched overnight in Yemen Erdoğan’s wealth Today’s Zaman Turkey’s embattled President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s massive personal and family wealth, which has been accumulated over the span of two decades since he … Read more

Presidential fantasies: Under Erdoğan’s presidential system, Turkey’s GDP to rise to $25,000…

Turkey’s GDP to rise to $25,000 under presidential system: Erdoğan Turkey’s current $11,000 GDP per capita will rise to $25,000 by 2023 if the country swiftly adopts the presidential system, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said Erdoğan plan for super-presidency puts Turkey’s democracy at stake World news: Turkey | by Simon Tisdall The Turkish president’s attempted … Read more

It is time, Turkish politicians head to Washington over worries about Armenian resolution…

Turkish politicians head to Washington over worries about Armenian resolution Worried about a draft resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that recognizes the 1915 killings of Ottoman Armenians as genocide, a group of Turkish politicians have set out for Washington to ensure that the resolution does not pass. Turkey launches operation against PKK hideouts Turkish security … Read more

Erdoğan toll today: A local Journalist, Mine Bekiroğlu, sentenced to prison…

An EU-Turkey Reset Project Syndicate by Martti Ahtisaari, et al. Never have the European Union and Turkey needed one another more, and yet rarely have they been so distant. The EU should redouble its efforts to revitalize the relationship, strengthening both its criticism of Turkey’s democratic backsliding and the credibility of the accession process. Turkey and EU … Read more