Campaign to decriminalise Turkish Journalism, for free speech and protecting workplace rights
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in partnership with the Journalists' Union of Turkey (Türkiye Gazeteciler Sendikasi – TGS) and the European Federation of Journalists has been carrying out this project since January 2017. Its aim is to strengthen the position of journalists and their ability to perform their role in serving the public with informed independent critical journalism. The project supported the creation of a stronger national union of journalists through capacity-building for the TGS staff, members, and potential members. The trainings aimed to strengthen the capacity of the Union to provide efficient and effective services to its members, campaign on behalf of their rights, and negotiate with employers for improved working conditions. Within the project, the IFJ and its partners regularly reported on press freedom and court case prosecutions; TGS delegations conducted prison visits to monitor the situation of jailed journalists; international and national campaign actions were organized for the release of jailed journalists; and a database of jailed journalists was developed. The project also supported the organization of public hearings held by TGS women to combat hate speech and discrimination against women and LGBTI in the media.