Turkey ranks 101st in corruption perception index
According to the latest figures from Transparency International, a nongovernmental organization founded to expose the systems and networks that enable corruption, Turkey ranked 101st among 180 countries and received its lowest score since 2013 in the Corruption Perception Index.
"Turkey needs to address the weakening effectiveness of political checks and balances to advance its democracy and rule of law, and a stronger legal and institutional anti-corruption framework needs to be established to eliminate undue influence in the prosecution of corruption," the Transparency International report said.
With the loss of two more points last year, Turkey dropped five places in the country rankings and is now at the same level as Thailand, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Peru, Panama, Kazakhstan, Ecuador and Albania.
In the organization's first index, published in 2012, Turkey was ranked 54th with a score of 49, so Turkey lost 13 points and dropped 48 places.
Turkey is not taking steps to fight corruption, that is the reason for the crash, Transparency International Turkey representative Oya Ozarslan told Deutsche Welle Turkish.
"We have problems in complying with all the treaties we are a part of. Many international institutions are constantly warning Turkey about corruption. Secondly, we can probably say that the situation of the media contributes to this. Turkey ranks 149th out of 180 countries in terms of media freedom," Ozarslan said.