January 2017

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 29

January 30, 2017 12:44 PM ET

Columnist investigated for referendum comments Prosecutors in Istanbul opened an investigation into Bekir Coşkun, a columnist for the pro-opposition daily newspaper Sözcü, regarding remarks he made in a column about a coming referendum on whether the constitution should be amended to increase the president's powers, Dogan News Agency reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 22

January 23, 2017 11:37 AM ET

Diaspora news website censored before publishing The bilingual German-Turkish news website Özgürüz ("We Are Free"), which is edited by exiled Cumhuriyet editor Can Dündar, reported that Turkish authorities had blocked access to the website 12 hours before it published its first story today. The website said it believed ozguruz.org...

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Transition to Trump: When a president-elect tweets, the trolls take aim

January 20, 2017 3:42 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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Azerbaijani authorities tighten screws on independent media

January 20, 2017 2:07 PM ET

When officials in Baku released several high-profile journalists, including investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, from prison in May last year, the international media rights community breathed a sigh of relief. But any optimism was short-lived, with authorities in recent months prosecuting journalists and bloggers, and passing restrictive online media laws....

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Transition to Trump: Reporters must be allowed to protect their sources

January 18, 2017 1:47 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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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 15

January 17, 2017 11:53 AM ET

Newspaper distributor says security officers abducted, beat him Barış Boyraz, a former distributor for the shuttered Kurdish-language daily Azadiya Welat, told the daily newspaper Evrensel that men he believes to be plainclothes police on December 17, 2016, abducted him from the streets of Ankara and beat him....

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Hong Kong journalists try range of models to battle press freedom challenges

January 12, 2017 3:41 PM ET

A new Chinese-language website pledging to provide Hong Kong with "independent, accurate and fair" news is the latest journalism venture to open in the city, in an attempt to counter increasing Chinese control of the media. Citizen News was launched January 1 by a group of journalists, including Kevin...

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UK's Section 40 press law would curb independent, investigative journalism

January 9, 2017 3:34 PM ET

British journalists say the future of independent and investigative journalism in the U.K. is at stake, as a deadline for public consultation on press regulation ends tomorrow. If it is implemented, Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 would leave news outlets not signed up to an...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 8

January 9, 2017 12:27 PM ET

Erdoğan praises Trump for 'beating down' CNN reporter Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan praised U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for "beating down" ("benzetmek") CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Costa in a January 11 press conference, according to media reports and video widely distributed on the internet. Trump refused to...

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Transition to Trump: Why U.S. needs to be global leader in protecting strong encryption

January 5, 2017 12:43 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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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 1

January 2, 2017 2:54 PM ET

Jailed investigative journalist held in isolation Investigative journalist Ahmet Şık has been kept in isolation in prison and denied basic rights since his arrest last week, according to reports that cited his lawyer. Sık, who was detained December 29 on allegations of spreading terrorist propaganda, was kept at Metris...

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