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Turkey remains top of Twitter’s global censorship list, according to the latest Twitter Transparency report published on March 21.
One of Turkey’s most prominent novelists, Aslı Erdoğan, has said she “is still worried and cannot feel free,” despite her release after being held in prison for 136 days in the case into the shuttered daily Özgür Gündem on terror charges.
Turkey has ranked 75th in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2016, falling nine places from 2015 and adding to its dramatic decline over the past four years.
Turkey suffered the largest decline in freedoms among 195 countries over the past year, an annual report published by the Washington-based Freedom House showed on Jan. 31.
European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Vice President Prof Işıl Karakaş has welcomed the establishment of a new seven-membered state of emergency commission in Turkey, which will receive appeals against state of emergency measures.
A huge delegation from PEN International, an international association working for writers, came to Turkey on Jan. 28 to visit Istanbul’s Silivri jail, where around 135 writers and journalists are behind bars, but were prevented from doing so by authorities.
The Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry has summoned the German charge d’affaires in Ankara to express its reaction over German Justice Minister Heiko Maas’ invitation of Turkish journalist Can Dündar to a reception in Berlin, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) reported on Jan. 24.
The German Justice Ministry’s invitation to an official reception to former Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dündar as a guest of honor is a “provocation” ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Turkey, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Müftüoğlu has told reporters.
Uğur Mumcu, one of Turkey’s most prominent investigative journalists, was commemorated on the 24th anniversary of his killing on Jan. 24, with questions remaining as to who was responsible for his death.