December 2016

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 25, continued

December 30, 2016 5:28 PM ET

Investigative reporter arrested on propaganda charges The prominent investigative journalist Ahmet Şık was arrested yesterday on allegations of spreading terrorist propaganda. Şık, who was detained in relation to his published writings and posts on social media, was also accused of "publicly humiliating the Republic of Turkey, its judicial organs; military...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 25

December 27, 2016 11:56 AM ET

Investigative reporter arrested on propaganda charges The prominent investigative journalist Ahmet Şık was arrested yesterday on allegations of spreading terrorist propaganda. Şık, who was detained in relation to his published writings and posts on social media, was also accused of "publicly humiliating the Republic of Turkey, its judicial organs;...

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Transition to Trump: What Obama's Freedom of Information legacy means for press

December 27, 2016 10:30 AM ET

As a new presidential administration prepares to take over the U.S., CPJ examines the status of press freedom, including the challenges journalists face from surveillance, harassment, limited transparency, the questioning of libel laws, and other factors....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 18

December 19, 2016 1:42 PM ET

Court confiscates assets of 54 journalists Istanbul's 11th Court of Penal Peace court confiscated the assets of 54 journalists, media workers, and writers, saying there was a "strong suspicion" that they were followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen, whom the Turkish government accuses of maintaining a terrorist organization and...

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Searching for answers in murder cases amid violence and corruption in Guatemala

December 19, 2016 12:00 AM ET

On June 25, unidentified assailants shot and killed Álvaro Aceituno López, director of Radio Ilusión in Coatepeque, a town in southeastern Guatemala. López often criticized local government officials when presenting the news and during guest appearances on other programs. But to date, CPJ has been unable to determine if...

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Transition to Trump: First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams on Trump's power over libel laws

December 15, 2016 3:12 PM ET

As a new presidential administration prepares to take over the U.S., CPJ examines the status of press freedom, including the challenges journalists face from surveillance, harassment, limited transparency, the questioning of libel laws, and other factors....

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How CPJ researches the killing and jailing of journalists

December 15, 2016 2:34 PM ET

Who is a journalist? In the era of citizen journalism, activist journalism and now "fake" journalism, the question is not academic. The Committee to Protect Journalists has just published its annual census of journalists in prison and next week it will release its survey of killed journalists....

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Weighing China jailed cases amid censorship and fear

December 13, 2016 12:00 AM ET

My native China is consistently among the world's worst jailers of journalists. This year, it has been eclipsed by Turkey, which is holding a record number of journalists behind bars. But since CPJ began conducting an annual census in 1990, China has topped the ignoble list 18 times....

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Jailed Dutch reporter Ornstein says Panama failed to inform him of legal proceedings

December 13, 2016 12:00 AM ET

A faint smile appears on Okke Ornstein's face as he recalls what happened last summer, when he traveled with a group of refugees through Europe to document their trip for a Dutch radio broadcaster....

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Press freedom on OGP agenda as authoritarianism rises

December 12, 2016 12:34 PM ET

There was poignancy to the Paris summit of the Open Government Partnership, as leaders from government and civil society took the stage to defend a political ideology under siege: liberal democracy. French President François Hollande, who amid weak public support announced he will not seek re-election in 2017, called...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 11

December 12, 2016 10:47 AM ET

Columnist jailed pending 'insult' trial for remarks on Syria Istanbul's Ninth Court of Penal Peace this evening ordered Hüsnü Mahalli, a columnist for the leftist newspaper Yurt, jailed pending trial on charges of "insulting the president" and "insulting a board of civil servants in the course of discharging their...

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Security risk for sources as US border agents stop and search journalists

December 9, 2016 5:02 PM ET

French-American photojournalist Kim Badawi did not go home to Texas for Thanksgiving this year. He didn't want to risk a repeat of November last year, when he says U.S. border security detained him at Miami airport and interrogated him in minute detail about his private life, political views, and...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 4

December 5, 2016 9:57 AM ET

Wire reporter released pending conclusion of trial Mardin's Second Court for Serious Crimes today released Zehra Doğan, a reporter for the shuttered news agency JİNHA, pending the conclusion of her trial, which began today, the pro-Kurdish Dihaber news agency reported. Police detained Doğan on July 22, and a court...

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