The best way for the U.S. to support democracy in Turkey is by integrating democracy and human rights into the bilateral policy relationship, just as security and trade have been integrated," stated Freedom House's Nate Schenken in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.
Democratic Governance, Elections, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law, U.S. Foreign Policy
Among the findings of Freedom House’s recently released press freedom report, the most contentious has been the downgrade of Turkey from the Partly Free category to Not Free. Below are responses Freedom House has given to common questions from Turkish journalists.
Over the past decade, global press freedom has experienced an alarming downward spiral. The reasons for the decline are complex, but one of the most important, if least appreciated, factors is a pattern of media ownership that contributes to biased, unprofessional, and in extreme cases propagandistic journalism.
Freedom House has noted complaints by the government of Turkey about Turkey being ranked “Not Free” in our report, Freedom of the Press 2014. The government’s objection that the ranking does not take into account events occurring in 2014 is misplaced, as made clear by the report.
Civil Society, Freedom of Expression, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Turkey’s government is improperly using its leverage over media to limit public debate about government actions and punish journalists and media owners who dispute government claims, deepening the country’s political and social polarization.