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turkey journalists jailed

Turkey convicted six journalists of attempting to overturn the constitutional order, and given aggravated life sentences.

A lower court has rejected Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruling that the detention of journalists Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan violated their rights.

Freedom House Expert Nate Schkennkan presented the following testimony to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on November 15, 2017, detailing concerns about the rule of law in Turkey in the continued state of emergency in the aftermath of the 2016 coup attempt. 

Project Director, Nations in Transit

The absurd criminal charges announced last week represent an attack on the democratic values Kavala has worked to instill.



Project Director, Nations in Transit

Nate Schenkkan is the Project Director for Nations in Transit, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance from Central Europe to Eurasia. 


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