Turkey

75 million people
10,410 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
Not Free
Partly Free

News & Updates

Nate Schenkkan
Senior Program Officer, Eurasia

The government’s decision to reignite the Kurdish conflict is a cynical ploy to recover the ruling party’s parliamentary majority. It is also a disastrous strategic blunder that has drawn in the United States.

Nate Schenkkan
Senior Program Officer, Eurasia

The shape of the constitutional system and the fate of the Kurdish peace process both hinge on the ability of one party to clear the 10 percent threshold in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. 

Freedom in the World 2015 found that the main factors driving the decline were the passage and use of restrictive laws against the media and and limits on the ability of local and foreign journalists to report freely within a given country.

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Freedom of Expression, Media Freedom
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Nate Schenkkan
Senior Program Officer, Eurasia

The case of Turkish journalist Mehmet Baransu illustrates how the same politicized judicial system that was abused to end military authoritarianism is now being employed to install a civilian autocracy.

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Senior Program Officer, Eurasia

Nate Schenkkan is a Senior Program Officer for Freedom House’s Eurasia programs, covering Turkey and Central Asia.

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Signature Reports

Special Reports

The Struggle for Turkey's Internet

Turkey is a battleground state for Internet regulation, according to a Freedom House report released in advance of the Internet Governance Forum.

Democracy in Crisis: Corruption, Media, and Power in Turkey

Turkey’s government is improperly using its leverage over media to limit public debate about government actions and punish journalists and media owners who dispute government claims, deepening the country’s political and social polarization.

Programs

In Turkey, we help civil society and government leaders address challenges to citizen participation in the legislative process through hands-on fellowship experiences.

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