We have left behind May 3, World Press Freedom Day. Announced by the United Nations (UN), the day draws attentions to the importance of press freedom worldwide. Turkey entered another World Press Freedom Day with a dark picture this year.
According to the latest data launched by the Turkish Journalists Association (TGS), pressure on the media increases every day in Turkey. 148 Turkish journalists and media workers entered the Press Freedom Day under arrest. According to the report launched recently by the Reporters Without Borders (RFS), Turkey regressed to the 157th rank among 180 countries. Turkey was categorized among the “bad” category, which means “countries in which journalism is difficult to perform.” The report further expressed that press freedom regressed to the worst levels within more than the last 30 years. In the 2018 World Freedoms Report launched by Freedom House, Turkey was placed from “partly free” to “unfree.”