Turkey | Breaking the Silence

How Turkey smothered press freedom — and made arresting its journalists a weapon. A documentary by Voice of America. | Watch the full documentary

Senior Executive Producer/Director

Beth Mendelson

Managing Editor,
Writer & Producer

Tom Detzel


Nathan Antila

Senior Editor/Producer

Carol Slatkin

Field Producer (Turkey)

Reyan Tuvi

Associate Producer

Kembra Allen

Director of Photography

Sinan Kesgin

(Washington D.C.)

Michael Burke
Adam Greenbaum

(New York City)

Mike Farino


Alan Stankovic

Additional Photography

Alper Tuğra Çakıcı

Art Direction & Graphics

Chin Soo Park


Matthew Houston
Anthony Charles White


Roger Hooper

Re-Recording Mixer

Skip SoRelle

Color Correction

Marcus Harton
Larz LaComa


Vanessa Montalbano

About the project

The right to free and open access to news and information should be universal, but threats to a free press persist in many parts of the world. Turkey is one of them. Though Turkey is a democracy, the watchdog group Freedom House classifies it as “not free” in part because of media restrictions and digital censorship. The advocacy group Reporters Without Borders calls Turkey the “world’s biggest jailer of professional journalists,” with digital censorship reaching “unprecedented levels.”

About VOA

Voice of America provides trusted and objective news and information in 47 languages to more than 278 million people around the world. We strive to fill the void created by censorship and repression, model the workings of a free press, and tell America’s story in all its diversity. VOA is part of the United States Agency for Global Media.