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75 million people
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A new Freedom House report finds Turkey’s government is improperly using its leverage over media to limit public debate about government actions and punish journalists who dispute government claims.

Proposed amendments to Turkey’s law regulating the Internet would further erode Turkish citizens’ freedom of speech and should be rejected, Freedom House said. The amendments, now under consideration in parliament, lessen judicial oversight and expand what type of content can be blocked.

Turkey's ruling AK Party’s newly proposed changes to the judicial system are an attempt to limit corruption investigations and would damage the country’s democracy, Freedom House said.

Around the world, millions of people carried on the struggle for freedom and human rights in 2013. There were gains, to be sure, but unfortunately many more setbacks. Here are some of the best and worst developments in human rights over the past year.

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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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Dealing with the New Turkey: Recommendations for US Policy after the Elections

The victory of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the June 2018 elections has cemented the long-term trend of democratic decline and authoritarian consolidation in Turkey. This consolidation has coincided with, and contributed to, a sharp divergence from Turkey’s traditional strategic alignment with the United States. This brief provides an overview of recent developments and looks at how U.S. foreign policy should respond to the “New Turkey.”

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.

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