May 23, 2015

Erdoğan’s requests to shut down Turkish schools abroad perceived as patronizing

On the latest stop of his world tour to disparage Turkish schools abroad, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asked Albanians to shut down schools that boast scores of Albanian alumni, accusing the institutions of being part of a terrorist organization.

IFJ representative denied permission to visit journalist Karaca in prison

The Justice Ministry has rejected a request from a coalition of international journalist organizations to visit imprisoned Turkish journalist Hidayet Karaca at Silivri Prison in İstanbul.

Strangled to death? The future of media freedom in Turkey

Amanda Paul

Turkey's already stifled and repressed media freedom took another blow on May 19, when Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu fiercely attacked the Hürriyet daily during a speech at an election rally in Zonguldak.

NY Times highlights possible plan to shut down critical media

The New York Times has urged the US and other NATO allies to ask Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to turn away from "destructive path," highlighting the prevailing fear among journalists that he might be preparing to shut down critical media outlets, including this newspaper.

May 22, 2015

Senegal minister: Turkish schools’ students our hope for the future

Welcoming the students of the Yavuz Selim Education Institutions after their success in international competitions, Aly Ngouille Ndiaye, the industry and mines minister of Senegal, said the students of the Turkish schools are encouraging hope for the future of the country.

Students from Turkish school send pocket money to needy ones in Nepal

Students of a Turkish school operating in Australia send their pocket money to people who were affected by a massive earthquake in Nepal.

Turkish group to establish university in Lahore

Pak-Turk Group will establish an international standard university in Lahore and talks are in progress with the government in this regard.

Gülen to launch legal action against pro-gov’t Star over libel

Turkish-Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen will launch legal action against the pro-government Star daily for engaging in further attempts to libel and defame him, this time claiming that Gülen sent a coded message to some of his followers ordering them to "poison certain jurists who are overseeing an investigation into the Gülen movement."

GYV holds panel discussion on corruption at UN Office in Vienna

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) has held a panel discussion on fight against corruption at the UN Office in Vienna.

RSF harshly condemns Turkish prosecutor’s request to silence dissident media ahead of polls

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has harshly condemned Turkey over a prosecutor's recent attempt to silence media critical of the government by asking a ministry to bar those media outlets from using the state's communications infrastructure, warning that the government is seeking to gag independent media ahead of the June 7 general election.

Businessmen, officers detained in police raids targeting Erdoğan critics

A number of people, including businessmen perceived to be supporters of Gülen movement, were detained simultaneously in 19 provinces on "terrorism" charges, in what is the latest example of a large-scale government crackdown on the movement, inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, following the December 2013 corruption scandals implicating people in Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's inner circle.