June 4, 2020

Turkey: Joint letter condemning withholding of state advertising

On February 6, a delegation of press freedom groups including RSF met with the director of Public Advertising Agency (BIK), Rıdvan Duran (photo : International Press Institute).
Twenty organizations including RSF and the International Press Institute have written to Turkey’s Public Advertising Agency to condemn the practice of withholding state advertising to put pressure on newspapers that criticize the government. Thirty-nine papers were denied state advertising on a combined total of 315 days during the first five months of 2020.

Read the joint letter to Turkey’s Public Advertising Agency here.


  1.             Articolo 21
  2.             Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI)
  3.             Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  4.             Danish PEN
  5.             English PEN
  6.             European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)
  7.             German PEN
  8.             Index on Censorship
  9.             International Press Institute (IPI)
  10.             Norwegian PEN
  11.             Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa
  12.             PEN America
  13.             PEN Canada
  14.             PEN International
  15.             PEN Turkey
  16.             Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
  17.             South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)
  18.             Swedish PEN
  19.             WAN-IFRA