More than 100 journalists to greet new year from behind bars in Turkey

A Jandarma army special force officer stands guard as people arrive at the courthouse in Silivri district, Istanbul, on April 24, 2018, as a trial resumes on terror charges against 17 current and former writers, cartoonists and executives from Cumhuriyet newspaper. / AFP PHOTO / Yasin AKGUL

More than 100 journalists and media workers are about to enter the year 2020 in prison in Turkey, according to a list compiled by Jailed Journos, an online platform.

The list provides the names, companies and positions of each journalist as well as the date of their arrest and the prison in which they are currently being held.

The list has been announced as a work in progress to be finalized on Dec. 29. The platform has asked readers to inform them of any journalists they might have omitted.

Many Turkish journalists are standing trial on terror-related charges over their reports.

Turkey is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders’ 2019 Press Freedom Index.

The country has been described as the “world’s biggest jailer of journalists” by several NGOs and international organizations, including a recent press freedom report released by the Council of Europe.

Turkish Minute


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