Turkey saw world’s 2nd biggest drop in freedoms in last 10 years - report

Turkey's score in Freedom in the World 2020, the latest edition of the annual country-by-country assessment of fundamental freedoms, has declined by 31 points in 10 years – only Burundi experienced a bigger fall in freedom in the past decade.

Turkey was rated "not free" for the third year in a row, according to the report, joining 48 other countries out of the 195 nations assessed.

Authorities in Turkey continued to arrest journalists, civil society members and politicians in 2019, the report said.

"Prosecutions and harassment campaigns against opposition politicians and prominent members of civil society continued throughout the year," it said.

The report also pointed to the continuing deterioration of freedom of expression in the country and problems in the justice system.

"While not every utterance that is critical of the government will be punished, the arbitrariness of prosecutions, which often result in pretrial detention and carry the risk of lengthy prison terms, is increasingly creating an atmosphere of self-censorship," the report said.