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Freedom House Congratulates Turkish Journalist Yavuz Baydar for Winning European Press Prize
Freedom House warmly congratulates Turkish journalist Yavuz Baydar on winning the European Press Prize in recognition of his brave defense of media freedom as the ombudsman of Sabah newspaper, where he strongly criticized the paper's coverage of the Gezi Park protests. Baydar was fired in July 2013, not long after the paper refused to run two of his columns. He is a founding member of P24, a Turkish media organization committed to development of a free press.
"Yavuz Baydar represents what is best in Turkish journalism – critical, inquisitive, and committed to open debate," said David Kramer, President of Freedom House. "That there are journalists like Yavuz shows that there is still hope for a free press in Turkey."
For background on Turkey's media, see Freedom House's special report Democracy in Crisis: Media, Corruption, and Power in Turkey.
Turkey is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom of the Press 2013 and Freedom on the Net 2013.
To learn more about Turkey, visit:
Freedom Alert: Turkish Parliament Restricts Free Expression Online
Freedom in the World 2014: Turkey
Freedom of the Press 2013: Turkey
Freedom on the Net 2013: Turkey
Blog: With Internet Bill, Turkey Drifts Away from Democracy
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Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.