Turkey

Cumhuriyet: A press freedom case degenerates into a boardroom takeover

Cumhuriyet’s administration abruptly changed after a court ruling early September. Around 30 journalists and writers (some of whom had been in jail) were either dismissed or resigned in protest of the way the new board took over the newspaper.

Illiberal democracies: Awash in media without plurality

Visitors to Eurasian countries — Turkey, Russia, Ukraine or, to a lesser extent, Azerbaijan — might be impressed by the sheer number of domestic television channels that offer news programming. But all the coverage doesn’t translate into media plurality.

For the sake of the public’s right to know, journalists must be granted access

From the beginning of 2017 until April 2018, 143 reports of blocked access, in which journalists were expelled from a location or prevented from speaking to a source, were submitted to Index on Censorship’s Mapping Media Freedom project.