Report on Freedom of the Press in Turkey


Domestically, all critical groups complain about the government’s pressure on media more than ever before. In this context, Freedom Research Association has been monitoring the state of the freedom of the press since 2014. The latest report is titled ‘The Freedom of Press in Turkey: 2019-2020 Report’ and has been prepared by Burak Bilgehan Özpek. It is addressing the state of the press freedom in Turkey from January 1st of the year 2019 to June 21, 2020. The report examines the pressure on press organizations and journalists by using three variables: “legal framework”, “dependency framework” and “polarization”.

“Whether the press in Turkey is free or not is no longer a subject of heated debates. There is a conspicuous truth which has gone beyond discussion.”

Burak Bilgehan Özpek