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The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, today launched the joint international press freedom mission to Turkey taking place from September 11 to 13 in Istanbul and Ankara.

The international delegation consists of eight leading global press freedom and freedom of expression groups including Article 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), PEN International, PEN Norway and Reporters without Borders (RSF). The visit is in response to the ongoing critical situation for press freedom in Turkey, where 136 journalists remain behind bars, according to IPI data.

The mission starts in Istanbul to meet with Turkey’s journalists and local NGOs to consult with them on recent press freedom developments and the ongoing prosecution of journalists.

The mission then moves to Ankara to meet with the Minister of Justice, the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Cassation in Ankara.

On September 13, the mission will conclude with a press conference hosted by the Journalists Association of Ankara (AGC) at 13:00, where the results of the meetings will be shared with the press.

Renan Akyavas (Turkish/English)
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Scott Griffen (English/German)