15 Feb 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 02 Nov 2016 Turkey

Turkish Government Shuts Down 15 Pro-Kurdish Media Outlets

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CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
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On Saturday 29 October 2016, the Turkish government issued two decrees (No 675 and 676) shutting down 15 pro-Kurdish media outlets. 11 newspapers, two news agencies and three magazines are affected:
• Newspapers: Özgür Gündem, Azadiya Welat, Batman Çağdaş , Cizre Postası , Güney Express, İdil Haber, Kızıltepe’nin Sesi, Prestij Haber, Urfanatik and Yüksekova Haber;
• News agencies: Dicle News Agency (DİHA) and Jin News Agency;
• Magazines: Tiroji, Özgürlük Dünyası and arts and culture magazine Evrensel Kültür.
The latest closures bring the number of media outlets shut down in Turkey to 168 under state of emergency, a situation which allows the government to close any media organisation by issuing a cabinet decree.
Follow-ups
15 Feb 2017
Human Rights Commissioner : Urgent measures are needed to restore freedom of expression in Turkey
31 Oct 2016
Statement from Secretary General Jagland expressing his concern about state of emergency measures and freedom of expression in Turkey
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