This issue of Journalist Post, the only multilingual international media magazine in the world in its field, was published with 3 separate covers. Journalist Post magazine, the first issue of which is “International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists” and published on November 2, 2020, is full of articles interviews and many more in its 6th issue published on World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd.
The Turkish-version cover of the Journalist Post depicts the repressive regime of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, which began in 2011, and how power became uncontrollable after the controlled coup attempt in 2016. Underlining that 95 percent of the opposition journalists in Turkey had to enter prisons or go abroad, the file was written by successful journalist Bülent Ceyhan, a journalist in exile. In the cover file, he also explained how journalists who continue their professions abroad live under threat.
On the German cover, the pressure on the media was brought to the fore with the Russian war, which lasted more than a year. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) journalist Birger Schütz, who is in charge of the press in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, wrote the cover file, which was published under the ban on calling the war a “war” in Russia. Underlining that the wrong words used in Russia are punishable by up to 15 years in prison, Schütz said that hundreds of journalists were deported and that the freedom of the press in the country was largely suspended after Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
Tawakkol Karman, a Yemeni journalist, human rights activist, and politician known as the ‘Iron Woman’, ‘Mother of the Revolution’, and ‘Woman of the Arab Spring’, appeared on the English cover file of the Journalist Post. Editor-in-Chief Yüksel Durgut has many important messages in his interview with Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman, one of the figures of the Arab Spring, as well as the pro-democracy protests in Yemen in 2011. Karman is the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in the Arab world and the second woman in the Muslim world.
We talked about human rights advocacy from its role in the Arab Spring to the present day.
President of the German Journalists Association (DJV), one of the largest journalism associations in the world, Prof. Dr. Frank Überall wrote about the danger to democracy. Master pen Gülizar Baki wrote a fluent story about how they were attacked in Turkey and how they were ’silenced’.
Journalist Barfeen Gul described in this issue of our magazine how he was imprisoned in a corner of the house like a criminal in post-Taliban Afghanistan, her freedom, and how her dreams were taken away along with her hopes. Martin Gerner, who has worked as a journalist for 20 years in the Afghan war and in many conflict settings, advises young generations who want to be war correspondents and journalists in conflicts: “Prepare yourself professionally for a conflict zone, conditions, people, and security situation.”
Human rights activist Azadeh Dindar described journalism and life in Iran, as the world’s most closed box. Stating that journalism is the most dangerous profession in Iran, Dindar said, “Being a journalist in Iran means holding the hanging rope.” Volha Khvoin, a journalist who works as an editor and project manager at the Belarus Journalists’ Association, is also meeting with readers in Belarus with her article on totalitarianism and the vortex of oppression.
Veteran Mexican journalist Vania Pigeonutt, who says the biggest threat to press freedom in her country is López Obrador, will be read with interest: “Making the right news in Mexico is like committing suicide.” South African journalist Ayanda Holo, who stated that there is no room for complacency in the struggle for media freedom, explains how journalists are extinct with examples.
The interview with Congolese Journalist Ewing Amadi Salumu, who told Laila Müller that he was trying to be the voice of the silent, is also in the latest issue of the Journalist Post. Ukrainian journalist Iryna Synelnyk, who says some journalists are in exile and she is part of this group, underlines that the right news is as valuable as bread and water in war. Brazilian journalist Lucas Siqueira interviewed photographer Alex Silveira, who lost his eye during a news chase specifically for the Journalist Post magazine.
Burundian journalist Bob Rugurika’s biography “A Monument in Exile: Innocent Muhozi” for the Journalist Post will also attract the attention of young journalists. Esther Nakkazi, the founder of the Union of Health Journalists of Uganda, wrote for our magazine with examples of how media freedom is restricted in Uganda. Following the government shutdown of the Voice of Democracy, Cambodia’s last free voice, human rights organization LICADHO’s social welfare director Naly Pilorge said.
Austrian journalist Doris Neubauer, who lives in New Zealand, German journalist Martin Heller and a young journalist Yasir Yılmaz from Poland wrote about the effects of social platforms such as online journalism and TikTok, which are closely related to Gen Z.
Journalist Post 6, with contributions from 27 journalists and human rights defenders from Afghanistan, Iran, Germany, Uganda, Burundi, Cambodia, New Zealand, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Central Asia, Mexico, South Africa, Congo, Poland, Kosovo, and Turkey, is meeting with the reader on World Press Freedom Day on 3rd of May!
In the new issue of our Journalist Post, you will read how journalists resisted crimes against journalists around the world. In the 6th issue of the Journalist Post, which is published in three languages, journalists from many countries of the world wrote about media freedom and the problems they face.