Turkey censored 2,950 online news articles in 2018 according to the “BİA Media Monitoring
Report 2018,” released by the Bianet news website on Tuesday.
Turkish authorities also blocked 77 tweets, 22 Facebook posts, five Facebook videos
and 10 websites, issued three broadcast bans and censored eight newspapers, two TV
stations, two personal letters, one news report, one TV series and one interview.
Wikipedia, the world’s most popular Internet encyclopedia, which was blocked in 2017,
remained so throughout 2018.
The report also presented an overview of the current status of the media in Turkey,
which ranked 157th out of 180 countries in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index by
Reporters Without Borders.
One hundred twenty-three journalist greeted 2019 from behind bars in Turkey, which
is described as the world’s largest jailer of journalists.
Forty-seven of the imprisoned journalists were convicted, while 34 were still on
trial. Thirty journalists were under investigation. Twelve were convicted but appealed
As of Jan. 1, 2019, 73 journalists and media workers were in jail over their alleged
links to the faith-based Gülen movement, accused of orchestrating a failed coup in
At the same time, 38 journalists and media workers were in prison on charges related
to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK)
or the Syria-based Democratic Union Party (PYD).
At least 47 reporters were detained in 2018, 36 of whom taken into custody while
in pursuit of developments related to Turkey’s Kurdish minority.
At least 19 journalists and one media organization were attacked in 2018, while 70
journalists and four media outlets received threats.
At least 20 journalists were convicted to a total of 38 years, five months and four
days (six years, 10 months and 12 days of which were deferred) in prison and fines
of TL 35,000 ($ 6,600) in total for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.