In order to promote socially and ethically responsible media; to provide a record of the implementation of the reforms for broader freedom of expression for the political leaders and and heads of the media and to support the local media in defending their rights against obstacles on their way for enjoying freedom of expression the BIA,
* Monitors and report violations of freedom of expression.
* Monitors the functioning of the media along with the guidelines of freedom of expression and professional ethics.
* Monitors the level and degree of newspapers’ coverage of human, women’s and children’s rights issues, in comparison of rights-based coverage to daily total output.
* Legal assistance desk continues providing free consultation and guidance for the local media.
From this page, you can access to quarterly and annual monitoring reports compiled by BIA Media Monitoring Desk. Since 2001, these reports provide a dependable and concise account of rights violations concerning freedom of expression in Turkey.
According to the 2009 annual report published by the BİA Media Monitoring Desk, a total of 323 people stood trial in the context of freedom of thought in 2009, among them 123 journalists.
In 2008, 82 people were tried under Article 301, 44 under the Anti-Terrorist Law. Freedoms of press and expression have been damaged by political polarisation, the lack of a solution to the Kurdish issue and the intolerance of criticism.
Of 254 people tried, 55 were on trial under Article 301; six of them were convicted. 83 people were accused of supporting terrorism, 23 of inciting to hatred and hostility. 34 journalists and 12 media institutions were attacked; Turkey had to pay a total of 123,912 Euros compensation in ECHR cases.
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