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Court rules for arrest of academic and 2 journalists for “terrorism propaganda”

An İstanbul court on Monday ruled for arrest of academic and human rights activist Şebnem Korur Fincancı, writer and journalist Ahmet Nesin and journalist...

Dutch choreographer rejects Turkey’s award in protest of press freedom violations

Dutch ballet dancer and choreographer Hans van Manen rejected a “Choreographer of the Century” award from Turkey, in protest of the recent violations of...

Former Miss Turkey sentenced to a year for “insulting” President Erdoğan on Instagram

Model Merve Büyüksaraç, who was selected Miss Turkey in 2006, was handed down a year and two months of imprisonment on Tuesday for "insulting"...

Design award-winning newspaper gets much-mocked logo after government seizure

The Zaman daily, which used to be Turkey’s best-selling newspaper until it was taken over by the government in early March on a highly...

Turkish singer steps down as UNESCO goodwill ambassador in protest of Turkey stance

Revered Turkish singer Zülfü Livaneli, who has been holding a post as UNESCO goodwill ambassador since 1996, has resigned, accusing the organization of "hypocrisy",...

Anchorman investigated for saying ‘Who the hell are ya?’ to the state

A criminal investigation has been launched into Flash TV anchorman Mustafa Yenigün for lashing out at the government by saying “Who the hell are...

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