October 2016

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 30

October 31, 2016 11:28 AM ET

Social media websites, WhatsApp blocked as police detain opposition leaders Turkey last night blocked access to social media websites and the text-messaging application WhatsApp as police arrested members of parliament for the opposition HDP party, including the party's co-chairs, Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yuksekdag, according to press reports....

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Ethiopia's state of emergency cuts lines of communication and puts bloggers at risk of arrest

October 24, 2016 5:52 PM ET

On October 4, I heard that my friend Natnael Feleke had not returned home even though it was approaching midnight in Ethiopia. Family and friends were discussing where to search for the blogger, who had only been released 11 months earlier from the notorious Kilinto prison, where he was...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 23

October 24, 2016 10:22 AM ET

EU Parliament urges Turkey to release journalists The European Parliament urged Turkey to release all journalists jailed without proof of their alleged involvement in the failed July 15 military coup, Hürriyet Daily News reported, based on the text of the resolution....

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How influence of Russian media risks making Serbia a Moscow bureau

October 20, 2016 2:45 PM ET

For a couple of days last month, uninformed tourists visiting Serbia could easily have believed that the country is a Russian outpost. With large photos of Vladimir Putin on their covers, Serbian tabloids--by far the biggest source of print information in the country--were engaged in a discussion over whether...

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CPJ, 25 other organizations call on Turkey to revoke state of emergency

October 19, 2016 2:02 PM ET

A coalition of 26 international media freedom and human rights advocacy groups, including CPJ, today called on Turkey to lift emergency measures that have resulted in the stifling of criticism and dissent; the detention of large numbers of individuals, including more than 100 journalists; and the removal of fair...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 16

October 17, 2016 9:32 AM ET

Man accused of shooting at award-winning editor freed pending trial A court in Istanbul today ordered Murat Şahin--the man accused of attempting to shoot former Cumhuriyet newspaper editor Can Dündar during a break in Dündar's trial on May 6--released pending the conclusion of his trial, Hürriyet Daily News reported....

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In India, online campaign seeks to free press from risk of criminal defamation

October 14, 2016 2:45 PM ET

An online campaign to decriminalize defamation in India is being led by a member of the country's main opposition party. "Criminal defamation can lead to people being put in jail for something they have said publicly. This law needs to be replaced by a modern, progressive law," reads the...

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Protecting journalists who cover corruption is good for the bottom line

October 13, 2016 1:34 PM ET

Corruption is one of the most dangerous beats for journalists, and one of the most important for holding those in power to account. There is growing international recognition that corruption is also one of the biggest impediments to poverty reduction and good governance. This is why journalists on this...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 10

October 11, 2016 11:42 AM ET

Two columnists freed from jail on appeal Lale Kemal, a columnist who wrote for the dailies Taraf and Zaman, and Nuriye Akman, a columnist for Zaman, were released from prison yesterday on appeal, the English-language news blog Turkish Minute reported....

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In Nepal, critical editor flees and journal's funding is blocked

October 6, 2016 1:15 PM ET

[email protected] founder @kundadixit gives video message: Censorship allows despots to win elections, they coopt journalists. #IJAsia16 pic.twitter.com/Uo558PQX5i— GIJN (@gijn) September 24, 2016 Kunda Dixit cut his once mop-like white hair, grew a beard, and quietly went into hiding, eventually fleeing Nepal for the safety of the U.S. to avoid arrest....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 2

October 3, 2016 9:48 AM ET

Reporter arraigned on terrorism charges for Facebook posts The Mersin Court of Penal Peace last night arraigned Cemil Uğur, a reporter for the left-wing Evrensel newspaper, on charges of "being member of a [terrorist] organization," and "propagandizing for a [terrorist] organization," his employer reported. Police held Uğur for 16...

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