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IPI condemns Russia’s sentencing of three Crimean Tatar citizen journalists

The IPI global network condemns Russia’s sentencing last week of three Crimean Tatar citizen journalists to 14 years in prison. IPI calls on the Russian authorities to release Osman Arifmemetov, Ruslan Suleymanov, and Rustem Sheykhaliyev. On November 24, Crimean Tatar citizen journalists Arifmemetov, Suleymanov and Sheykhaliyev were sentenced to 14 years of prison, plus an […]

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Following arrests, IPI calls on China to allow journalists to work freely

The IPI global network strongly condemns the arrest and assault of British journalist Edward Lawrence and the detention of Swiss journalist Michael Peukur by Chinese authorities this week. We call on the Chinese authorities to respect the right of journalists to cover public protests and other matters of public interest and to ensure the safety […]

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Turkey: Kurdish journalist Nedim Türfent released after spending 6.5 years in prison

The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, journalists, and media executives, welcomes the release of Kurdish journalist Nedim Türfent today after he spent 6.5 years in prison for reporting on Turkish security forces’ ill-treatment of Kurdish workers in 2016. Turkey must compensate Türfent for the severe injustice in this case and must stop jailing […]

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Interview: Europe’s draft media freedom law: Strengths and weaknesses

(Text below produced by Whitehouse Communications) In mid-September 2022, the European Commission unveiled its draft proposal for the European Media Freedom Act (EMFA), a flagship new legislative initiative intended to protect media pluralism and independence in the European Union. According to the Commission, the EMFA seeks to respond to growing concerns over malign foreign influence, […]

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