Turkey: #JournalismIsNotaCrime

#GazetecilikSuçDegildir / #JournalismIsNotaCrime

Campaign to set journalism free, develop trade union rights and defend freedom of expression in Turkey

Partners: The International and European Federations of Journalists and their affiliate, the Journalists' Union of Turkey (Turkiye Gazeteciler Sendikasi, TGS)

The overall objective is to promote and protect fundamental rights through enhancing the role of journalists in promoting democracy, good governance and public’s right to access information. Freedom of expression is an enabling right for other human rights. Freedom of expression through quality journalism enables the abuse of other human rights to be exposed and those responsible to be held accountable. Strengthening the position of journalists and their ability to perform their role in serving the public with informed independent critical journalism is the bedrock of democracy.

Specific objectives include:

• Improve journalists’ rights, safety and independence through a strengthened Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS) that can protect professional and labour rights and improve conditions;

• End judicial harassment of journalists and release the remaining jailed journalists.

• Improve coverage of equality and minority issues by media and improve treatment of minorities in media At the heart of the specific objectives is the need to build a strong national journalists’ union that can protect and represent its members. A strong journalists’ union will promote the profession, promote the rights of its workers and standards of journalism. It will engage employers, government and civil society on the need to protect quality, independent journalism as a lifeblood of society. It will unite the many different and diverse voices around the central principles of independent ethical journalism and the need to protect everyone’s right to contribute to it.


Work Package 1: Capacity building programme to audit, reform, equip and provide 3 leadership trainings of TGS staff, leaders and activists in Istanbul on union leadership, negotiating and campaigning

Work Package 2: 30 Recruitment activities at workplaces, 10 employer negotiations: Work Package 3: Opening a new TGS branch /solidarity office in Diyarbakir

Work Package 4: 3 safety trainings for 60 journalists in South east Turkey on hostile environments, digital security, PTSD and first aid.

Work Package 5: Press Freedom, trial monitoring and advocacy campaign with legal support co-ordinated nationally and internationally

Work Package 6: Journalists and unionists international advocacy and networking Work Package 7: Women and LGBTI equality Commission campaign for equal treatment and improved reporting of equality issues.


This project receives the financial support of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Program managed by the European Commission. All responsibilities regarding the contents and the actions belong to the authors only and should not be considered as reflecting the views of the European Union.