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Media freedom in Europe needs action more than words

Media freedom in Europe needs action more than words

Freedom of expression is an assumed right in the European Union. But that assumption is little more than an idea anchored in our mental routine. Dunja Mijatović: The good fight must continue | Mass surveillance: Journalists confront the moment of hesitation | The women challenging Bosnia’s divided

Padraig Reidy: Life in paranoid Erdoganistan, where every day brings a new censorship story

Padraig Reidy: Life in paranoid Erdoganistan, where every day brings a new censorship story

Another week, another social media ban in Turkey. Such is life these days in Erdoganistan, where every day brings a new censorship story, greeted now with what my Turkish friend calls “the humour of desparation”.

#IndexAwards2015: Campaigning nominees Yaman Akdeniz and Kerem Altiparmak

#IndexAwards2015: Campaigning nominees Yaman Akdeniz and Kerem Altiparmak

Professors Yaman Akdeniz and Kerem Altiparmak are cyber-law experts and internet rights activists who have campaigned vigorously against the Turkish government’s increasingly restrictive internet access laws

Turkey: Owner of online dictionary site questioned over Prophet Mohammed post

Turkey: Owner of online dictionary site questioned over Prophet Mohammed post

Çağatay Gürtürk, owner of the collaborative dictionary website ITÜ Sözlük, was detained while trying to enter Turkey on the night of January 14.

Richard Howitt MEP: European Parliament targets Turkey’s record on free expression

Richard Howitt MEP: European Parliament targets Turkey’s record on free expression

As millions mourn the shooting of journalists in France, the European Parliament convening this week in Strasbourg today extended the fight for freedom of expression to legal threats, harassment and character assassination against free journalism in Turkey.

Targeted cartoonists show support for Charlie Hebdo

Targeted cartoonists show support for Charlie Hebdo

Cartoonists have been among the most visual in their reaction to the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Musa Kart and Xavier Bonilla, who have both been targeted by their governments, share their thoughts.

Padraig Reidy: The paranoid style in Turkish politics

Padraig Reidy: The paranoid style in Turkish politics

What’s wrong with Turkey? Or, more to the point what is wrong with Turkey’s president that makes him so determined to fight, like a two a.m. drunk vowing to take on all comers?

Şanar Yurdatapan: “The censorship and oppression on culture and arts is still going on”

Şanar Yurdatapan: “The censorship and oppression on culture and arts is still going on”

Winner of the 2002 Index award for Circumvention of Censorship, Şanar Yurdatapan talks to Index about artistic censorship

Turkey: Government detains journalists

Turkey: Government detains journalists

On Sunday, December 14, at least 27 people were detained by Turkish police, including journalists, producers and directors of TV shows and police officers. Arrest warrants were issued for at least 31.

Turkish journalist faces jail for “insulting a public official”

Turkish journalist faces jail for “insulting a public official”

A Turkish journalist was charged on Tuesday for “insulting a public official.”

Life is getting harder for objective journalists in Turkey, says cartoonist sued by Erdogan

Life is getting harder for objective journalists in Turkey, says cartoonist sued by Erdogan

Musa Kart faced nine year behind bars over a caricature of the Turkish president

Erdogan cartoons: how artists responded to case against a Turkish colleague

Erdogan cartoons: how artists responded to case against a Turkish colleague

When political cartoonist Musa Kart faced nine years in prison for “insulting” President Erdogan, his colleagues from around the world showed solidarity through their own caricatures

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