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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 15

January 18, 2018 4:17 PM ET

Journalists in custody Police the southeastern city of Diyarbakır on January 12 detained Selman Keleş, a former reporter for the shuttered, pro-Kurdish Dihaber News Agency, and released him the next day on order of a local court, online newspaper Gazete Karınca reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 8, 2018

January 11, 2018 3:43 PM ET

Court rules journalists should be released, but they remain in custody Turkey's Constitutional Court on January 11 ruled that local courts should release from pre-trial detention Şahin Alpay, a former columnist for the shuttered daily Zaman, and Mehmet Altan, a former host for the shuttered Can Erzincan TV and...

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In response to Trump's fake news awards, CPJ announces Press Oppressors awards

January 8, 2018 5:00 PM ET

Amid the public discourse of fake news and President Trump's announcement via Twitter about his planned "fake news" awards ceremony, CPJ is recognizing world leaders who have gone out of their way to attack the press and undermine the norms that support freedom of the media. From an unparalleled...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 1, 2018

January 4, 2018 3:16 PM ET

New decree shutters two more news outlets The Turkish cabinet on December 24 issued a decree that prompted the closure of Akdeniz Gazetesi and Isparta Çınaraltı Gazetesi, two local newspapers in the southwestern province of Isparta, the daily Evrensel reported. Under the decree, the papers were considered threats to...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 17, 2017

December 21, 2017 11:51 AM ET

Journalists sentenced A court in Turkey's southeastern Hakkâri region on December 15 sentenced Nedim Türfent, a former reporter for the shuttered pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), to eight years and nine months in prison for "being a member of a [terrorist] organization," the independent news website Bianet reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 11, 2017

December 14, 2017 12:26 PM ET

Media workers released An Istanbul court on December 8 ordered three employees from the advertisement department of the now shuttered daily Zaman--Hüseyin Belli, Onur Kutlu and İsmail Küçük--to be freed pending trial, the English-language news blog Turkish Minute reported. The three are part of a trial that started in...

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Record number of journalists jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt pay scant price for repression

December 13, 2017 12:00 AM ET

For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world’s worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom. A CPJ special report by Elana...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 3, 2017

December 7, 2017 1:27 PM ET

Journalists released An Istanbul court on December 6 released freelance journalist Tunca Öğreten and daily Birgün accountant Mahir Kanaat, pending the outcome of their trial, the independent news website Bianet reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 26, 2017

November 30, 2017 3:47 PM ET

Journalists prosecuted An Istanbul court on November 25 charged freelance photojournalist Çağdaş Erdoğan with being member of and making propaganda for a "terrorist organization," the daily Evrensel reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 19, 2017

November 22, 2017 1:02 PM ET

Journalists sentenced An Ankara court on November 22 sentenced Ayşenur Parıldak, a former court reporter for the shuttered daily Zaman, seven years and six months in prison for "being a member of an armed terrorist organization," the online newspaper Diken reported....

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