European Parliament (EP) organized a special session together with the European Commission for the World Press Freedom Day to debate “The situation of media and freedom of expression in Turkey.”
Former Editor-In-Chief of the only Kurdish daily newspaper in Turkey Azadiya Welat, Ismail Çoban was arrested.
Free Journalists Initiative and Mesopotamia Women Journalists Platform announced the April report at Human Rights Association Diyarbakır Branch on May 3, World Press Freedom Day.
4th Criminal Chamber of Gaziantep Regional Court approved the imprisonment sentence against People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Hakkari MP Abdullah Zeydan for 8 years, 1 month and 15 days due to ‘aiding a terrorist organization without being a member’ and ‘making terrorist organization propaganda.’
Teacher Ayşe Çelik had been sentenced to 1 year and three months of imprisonment due to ‘illegal organization propaganda’ by saying, “Do not let children die,” referring to the curfews in Kurdish provinces on a TV show she participated to via phone call.
Independent Communication Network (BIA) launched the ‘January-March 2018 Media Monitoring Report’.
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.
Pressure against journalists and media organizations continued in April with lawsuits and penalties.
The Constitutional Court (AYM) has issued a significant verdict regarding the application of ‘Assassination of Admirals Case’ defendant Mehmet Orhan Yücel based on the claim that his right to protect his honour and dignity was violated.
Scholars at Risk 2018 Courage to Think Award was granted to the Academics for Peace due to their extraordinary efforts in establishing solidarity at universities and encouraging freedom to question as well as principles of peaceful opinion exchange.