February 2017

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 26

February 27, 2017 9:47 AM ET

Shots fired at newspaper office, no one injured An unknown assailant in a moving taxi fired two shots from a handgun at the building housing the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet in Istanbul this morning, Cumhuriyet reported. A police investigation is in progress, the report said....

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In China, sources face harassment, jail for speaking to foreign media

February 24, 2017 12:58 PM ET

Zhang Lifan is a Beijing-based historian specializing in modern Chinese history. He is also an outspoken critic of the Chinese government who is interviewed regularly by the foreign press--even when it leads to harassment from officials. Last month alone, he was quoted in a New York Times article about...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 19

February 21, 2017 9:56 AM ET

Detention of Die Welt Turkey correspondent complicates relations with Germany The detention of Deniz Yücel, Turkey correspondent for the German newspaper Die Welt, has complicated relations with German officials, the socialist daily Evrensel, the German news website Handelsbatt Global, and the pro-Turkish-government Daily Sabah reported. According to a February...

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Journalists covering Standing Rock face charges as police arrest protesters

February 17, 2017 4:18 PM ET

For months, environmental protesters have clashed with police and private security companies over plans for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.7 billion project that opponents say will destroy Native American sites and affect the region's water supply. While mainstream media have covered flashpoints in the protests, a core of...

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'I wanted to stay and fight for my beliefs' says jailed Vietnamese blogger forced into exile

February 17, 2017 12:22 PM ET

Vietnamese journalist and religious activist Dang Xuan Dieu was granted early release January 12 from a 13-year prison sentence on anti-state charges filed over his critical reporting. As with recent early releases of other jailed Vietnamese journalists, Dieu was forced to immediately board a plane and go into exile...

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CPJ calls for OSCE to swiftly fill press freedom representative vacancy

February 16, 2017 10:04 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined seven other press freedom organizations in calling on the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to swiftly appoint a new representative on Freedom of the Media. The incumbent representative, Dunja Mijatović, has been an outspoken defender of...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 12

February 14, 2017 10:31 AM ET

Publisher closes magazine for cartoon lampooning Moses The publisher of the cartoon magazine GırGır announced today that he was closing down the magazine after its publication of a cartoon depicting Moses irritating his followers wandering in the desert by talking too much and bragging about parting the Red Sea...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 5

February 6, 2017 9:09 AM ET

German court upholds partial ban on poem satirizing Erdoğan A court in the German city of Hamburg today upheld a previous court's ban on comedian Jan Böhmermann's reciting 18 of 24 verses of a poem satirizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that the comedian recited on television last year,...

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Surveillance of journalists and court orders puts Canada's press freedom at risk

February 3, 2017 4:47 PM ET

On February 6, VICE News reporter Ben Makuch is due to appear in court to appeal an order requesting that he hand over details of his communication with a source. The hearing comes ahead of a day of action being planned in Canada for February 25, when press freedom...

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