CATEGORY Harassment and intimidation of journalists

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The Turkish Journalists’ Union (TGS), an IFJ/EFJ affiliate is taking legal action against the Foundation for Political Economic and Social Research (SETA), a pro-government organisation which published a report containing information on journalists working for Turkish language services of international broadcasters, including the BBC and Deutsche Welle. According to media reports, TGS accused SETA of blacklisting journalists working for these media outlets, following the report entitled “Turkey extensions of international media organisations” on media coverage of major events in Turkey such as the 2016 failed coup. It detailed past employment and social media postings of journalists working for these media organisations. TGS added that it is joined in the lawsuit by journalists mentioned in the report. In the meantime, SETA claimed the report only focused on information about professional activities of those named therein.

Also just out is this statement by RSF and others: https://www.ecpmf.eu/news/ecpmf/turkish-think-tank-report-escalates-harassment-of-journalists

See the media freedom alert here