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Turkish gov’t to create its ‘truth ministry’ amid rising censorship

The Communications Directorate of the Turkish Presidency has announced that Turkey will create its own fact-checking mechanism to “fight against lies and false facts on...

Turkish TV station to close down a month after launch due to threat of seizure by gov’t: report

Private Turkish television station Olay TV will close down scarcely a month after it started broadcasting because of a threat of seizure by the...

Turkish gov’t and parliament condemn US sanctions over purchase of Russian missile defense system

Turkey's vice president, speaker of parliament, foreign ministry, defense minister and four political parties comprising 90 percent of the Turkish parliament have all denounced...

Turkey feared to be turning into surveillance state under Erdoğan rule

Claims by two opposition political parties of the illegal wiretapping of their phones and the discovery of four bugs at the İstanbul headquarters of...

4 detained in police raid of Kurdish party branch, other locations in eastern Turkey

Four people were detained when Turkish police raided the provincial office of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and various other locations in the...

Formerly Gülen-linked schools in Albania face growing gov’t pressure

Several schools formerly run by the Gülen movement in Albania have been the subject of growing government pressure in recent weeks in the form...

Interior Ministry lifts restrictions on some 43,000 more Turkish passports

Turkey’s Interior Ministry has announced that it has lifted restrictions on 42,893 passports that were imposed during a two-year-long state of emergency declared immediately...

26 teachers detained in southeast Turkey as part of operation targeting Kurdish group

Turkish police officers on Friday detained 26 teachers, all members of the Education and Science Workers Union (Eğitim-Sen), as part of an investigation into...

Kurdish deputy among 65 from Turkey seeking asylum in Greece: report

A Kurdish member of the Turkish parliament is among 65 people including other Kurds and former public servants who have fled government persecution in...

Turkish gov’t posts $16 billion budget deficit in first six months: report

The Turkish government registered a budget deficit of 109.5 billion Turkish lira (some $16 billion) between January and June, the country's Treasury and Finance...

Turkish lawyers launch ‘Defense March’ against gov’t meddling

Eighty heads of bar associations across Turkey launched a march to Ankara on Saturday against attempts by the Turkish government to amend the Law...

German FM warns of rising authoritarianism due to COVID-19 in countries including Turkey

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a rise in authoritarian tendencies, citing a number of countries around the world including...

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