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What it's like to be a foreign journalist in Turkey

Most foreign journalists in Turkey are reminded of the government’s power while trying to renew residency permits and press cards.
A Japanese journalist reports at the Akcakale border crossing in Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, where Islamic State militants control the Syrian side of the gate, January 29, 2015. An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants said Jordanian air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, who also captured by the group would be killed unless Sajida al-Rishawi, a woman jailed in Jordan, was released by sunset on Thursday. The message postponed a previous deadline set o

On March 17, German journalist Hasnain Kazim, Der Spiegel’s correspondent based in Istanbul, had to leave the country as his press card was not renewed. Kazim reportedly waited three months for the renewal.

While the grim situation of the Turkish media is well-documented and frequently discussed, foreign journalists sustain heavy blows as well. Foreign journalists who do not have Turkish citizenship must obtain a residency permit and a press card to report from Turkey. Both have to be renewed periodically.

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