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Constitutional Court decision to release Alpay and Altan must serve as precedent

On Thursday, Turkey’s Constitutional Court has issued a landmark ruling that could lay the ground for the release of journalists jailed in the aftermath of the failed 2016 coup. At issue were individual applications to the Court by Şahin Alpay, Mehmet Altan and Turhan Günay. Both Altan and Alpay have been in prison for more […]

Turkey- looking ahead to 2018

As 2017 draws to a close, the crackdown on the Turkish media, civil society and the opposition that accelerated after the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, shows no sign of abating. Turkey remains the world’s worst jailer of journalists for the second consecutive year. Journalists, academics and opposition politicians face being squeezed even further in […]

Question of democracy in the Turkish Republic

On the 29th October, the Turkish Republic marked its 94th anniversary. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has never concealed its distaste for secular, national commemorations. Instead, they have been promoting some significant dates from the Ottoman history and Islamic holidays as popular occasions to celebrate. With secularism eroding before their eyes, the non-AKP […]