CHP Policy Proposals: Media and Internet Freedom

Turkey's media freedom ranking, the report of Reporters Sans Frontiers

Turkey’s media freedom ranking, the report of Reporters Sans Frontiers

• All barriers to full press freedom and methods used to oppress the media will be eliminated.

• We shall encourage a strong, independent, impartial and pluralistic media to ensure that citizens fully enjoy the right to be informed.

• Arbitrary administrative penalties against the media will cease.

• Cartels in the media will be prevented and broken up.

• The links between media, politics and business, which in our view harm the credibility free press will be regulated to avoid conflicts of interest.

• The practice of using public resources to support pro-government media outlets will be ended.

• The authority of the PM to stop radio and TV broadcasts, in our view the major impediment to full press freedom, will be ended.

• The current legal and employer-based obstacles denying the right to unionize to media workers will be purged.

• TRT’s ties to the government will be severed, rendering the state-owned broadcaster financially and editorially independent.

gazeteci• Considering local media as a valuable actor in politics, attention will be given to strengthen their institutional and financial structure.

• Considering that Internet is the new world of freedom, excessive regulations and censorship will be reduced.

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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