Suppression of Publications and
Arrests of Journalists in Turkey

      Turkey is a country where despite official claims that there is “democracy” and “a free press”, people are often arrested for their political beliefs and publications are often harrassed or suppressed.

      We are also posting news here (which is generally suppressed in Turkey and internationally) of the revolutionary movement and related struggles such as in support of the huge number of political prisoners being held in Turkey’s notorious prisons.

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Press Freedom Issues:

  • “Turkey Leads the World in Jailing Journalists”, by Rick Gladstone, New York Times, Dec. 13, 2018.   PDF format (70 KB)
  • “Mass Arrests of Journalists Aimed at Suppressing Pro-Kurdish Information and Voices”, by Alliance for Kurdish Rights, Dec. 21, 2011, 2 pages.   PDF Version (92 KB);   MS Word (60 KB)
  • “Press Freedom in Turkey: A Dangerous Place to be a Journalist”, The Economist, March 12, 2011, p. 61, 2 pages. Showing that even the mildest forms of exposures and criticisms within the ruling establishment itself are often being suppressed in a fascist manner.   PDF Version (122 KB);   MS Word (103 KB)
  • “More than 100 Journalists Face the Threat of Imprisonment”, Hürriyet Daily News, Nov. 5, 2010, 2 pages.   PDF Version (111 KB);   MS Word (87 KB)
  • “Two Kurdish Newspapers Suspended; Magazine Copies Seized”, IPS Communication Foundation, Sept. 7, 2010, 2 pages.   PDF Version (92 KB);   MS Word (68 KB)
  • Suzan Zengin Case:
    • “Revolutionary Journalist Suzan Zengin has Passed Away”, two news articles posted on the Frontlines of Revolutionary Struggle website, Oct. 17, 2011, 3 pages.   PDF Version (116 KB);   MS Word (191 KB)
    • “For the Release of Suzan Zengin, Journalist and Political Prisoner”, statement from the International Association of People's Lawyers, c. Sept. 5, 2010, 2 pages.   PDF Version (128 KB);   MS Word (38 KB)
    • “Imprisonment Against Journalist of Progressive Revolutionary Socialist Paper ISCI KOYLU!”, statement about the arrest of Suzan Zengin, Sept. 1, 2009.   PDF Version (151 KB);   MS Word (45 KB)

Prisons and Prison Solidarity Movement:

  • “Prisoners Punished for Singing Political Slogans”, from the Weekly Freedom of Expression Bulletin, #25, 2011, 1 page.   PDF Version (50 KB);   MS Word (31 KB)
  • “Inside, Outside Tear Down the Prisons!”, by the Solidarity Committee with Revolutionary Prisoners (Detudak), Dec. 6, 2009.   PDF Version (153 KB);   MS Word (32 KB)
  • “Turkey: Prison Massacre [of December 2000]”, by the Revolutionary Communist Group (Britain), Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!, Feb./March 2001, 4 pages.   PDF Version (106 KB);   MS Word (41 KB)

Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist [abbreviated as TKP/ML or sometimes TKP-ML],
      and its military wing TIKKO (Liberation Army of Workers and Peasants of Turkey)
        There seems to have been some internal disarray and/or splits in this party recently. The apparent largest faction has a web site at: and

[Note that the TKP/ML (above) and the TKP(ML) (below) are different parties, even though their names differ only in the punctuation!]

Communist Party of Turkey (Marxist-Leninist) [TKP(ML)]

Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (Maoist Party Centre)

        [Split off from the TKP/ML in 1987.]

Maoist Communist Party (MKP) of Turkey and North Kurdistan and its military wing HKO:

Workers Party of Kurdistan [Parti Karkerani Kurdistan] (PKK) & its military wing HPG (People’s Defense Force)

        [No longer a Marxist party since its leader Abdullah Öcalan was imprisoned in 1999 and then abandoned Marxism.]

Other Revolutionary Movement News and Information:

Foreign and/or Academic Commentary on Turkey:


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