Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Project Exile: Turkish journalist still fearful in Germany
By  • 27 January 2020
"I try to live isolated to protect myself." When she got her start in the news business in 2009, Turkish journalist Zübeyde Sari couldn't have imagined her chosen profession would cause her to have to…
Project Exile: Editor gets asylum in Germany after Erdogan cover
By  • 13 January 2020
"It is not a very comfortable and luxurious life in Germany, but it's better than prison." If there's one exiled journalist whose life encapsulates Turkey's purge of critical media, it might be Cevheri Guven. In…
Project Exile: Turkish journalist lost home and family
By  • 3 June 2019
"One thing is broken: my heart." When Turkish journalist Arzu Yildiz reported a major scoop in 2014, she had little idea that the story might lead to the end of her journalism career, the loss…
Project Exile: Turkey's Dündar free in exile, still threatened
By  • 10 January 2019
"For the Turkish government I am a terrorist. Everybody challenging the government is a terrorist." Can Dündar isn't easily silenced. The outspoken Turkish columnist and editor has been fired, jailed and even shot at by…
Project Exile: Turkish editor departs after police raid
By  • 20 June 2018
"I realize it was the best decision of my life because I would be imprisoned right now, like my colleagues." Shortly after Turkish police in riot gear raided the headquarters of Zaman Media Group on…
Dutch journalist expelled from Turkey seeks justice
By , • 15 February 2018
"They robbed me of my life, my job, so they're going to have to pay for it." Fréderike Geerdink had made a home for herself in Turkey. The Dutch journalist moved to Istanbul in 2006 to become a foreign…
Project Exile: Turkey reporter stayed one step ahead of crackdown
By  • 30 January 2018
"It was part of the intimidation campaign to go after family members, including my mother." In hindsight, there were many clues that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government was making preparations to eliminate Turkey’s independent media…
Turkey's dying democracy
By  • 9 June 2017
Fifteen years ago, Turkey was the great democratic beacon of the Islamic world. Back then Turkey’s current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was viewed as a moderate Islamist and modernizer. How times have changed. In recent…
Turkey's purge
By  • 18 August 2016
The attempted military coup against Turkey's democratically-elected government last month was plenty alarming. But what's happened in the country since has many people worried as well. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government has arrested at least…
Turkey charges three press freedom activists
By  • 27 June 2016
Two Turkish journalists and an academic are facing up to 14 years in a Turkish prison on charges of disseminating “terrorist propaganda” by guest-editing a pro-Kurdish newspaper. Arrested June 20 were Sebnem Korur Fincanci, president…
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