Sunday, May 6, 2012

100 Journalists still in Prison on World Press Freedom Day

BIA Media Monitoring Report for the first quarter of 2012 was released on Wednesday, May 2. 100 Journalists and 35 newspaper distributors were in jail during the first three months of 2012. 21 people, including 12 journalists, were facing imprisonment of 254 years in total under allegations of "propaganda for an illegal organization." You can read the full report on Bianet.

Thursday, May 3, was "World Press Freedom Day." Bianet asked various media unions the following four questions:
* What are your studies regarding the journalism problems in Turkey; editorial independence, censorship, self-censorship?
* Do you have any projects for the trial processes of the journalists and the journalists in jail?
* What are the major barriers against press freedom in Turkey?
* What do you think about the new judiciary package prepared for media?

Read their responses on Bianet.