Coalition for Ethical Journalism Turkey

The Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) working in partnership with a range of leading journalists, media academics and media support groups in Turkey have launched the Coalition for Ethical Journalism Turkey (CEJT) to support independent and ethical journalism and to combat self-censorship in the current hostile climate in the country.

The launch of the CEJT in Istanbul on September 5th is an unprecedented action of co-operation among supporters of independent journalism and followed initial consultations among Turkish groups in meetings in Istanbul and Ankara in April 2018.

At this stage groups involved in the process included the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS), the Journalists Association of Turkey (TGC), Turkish Press Council, the Uğur Mumcu Investigative Journalism Foundation, the Platform for Independent Journalism (P24), a not-for-profit fact-checking social enterprise and Hürriyet daily’s ombudsman Faruk Bildirici and other journalists.

After two days of discussions a draft action plan including trainings to raise awareness of the core values of journalism and to improve journalistic skills and to create new forms of telling a story using technology. It is also agreed that the platform should broaden with the participation of civil society and interest groups.

The meeting agreed that in the initial period the leadership of the CEJT will be shared by Mustafa Kuleli, Ceren Sozeri and Can Ertuna.

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