August 2017

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 27, 2017

August 31, 2017 12:14 PM ET

Turkish authorities confiscate columnist's passport Turkish police confiscated Aslı Erdoğan's passport as the former advisory board member of the shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem and frequent columnist was on her way to Germany to accept an award for her work, according to a report yesterday on the online news...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 20, 2017

August 21, 2017 10:46 AM ET

New decree used to shutter three pro-Kurdish outlets The Turkey government shuttered three more pro-Kurdish media outlets yesterday, using a new decree issued under the state of emergency that has been in place since the failed attempted coup last year, the daily Cumhuriyet reported. Decree 693 was used to shutter...

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In Pakistan, press safety hubs provide support and training for journalists at risk

August 17, 2017 12:36 PM ET

When a criminal gang sent threatening messages to Ghulam Mustafa, the reporter said his only option was to stop working for the Pakistani station Geo News. Mustafa acknowledges that laying low for nearly three years was the right decision to ensure his safety, but he said, "Professionally, it was...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 13, 2017

August 14, 2017 12:10 PM ET

Court jails journalist pending trial for social media activity A court in Turkey's southeastern Mardin province ordered Mehmet Sıddık Damar, a former reporter for the shuttered, pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), jailed pending trial on charges of "propagandizing for a [terrorist] organization" in his social media posts, the news...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 6, 2017

August 9, 2017 11:23 AM ET

Police detain journalist Police detained Berivan Altan, a reporter for the news website Dihaber, at checkpoint in the southeastern province of Mersin last night because there was a warrant for her arrest, the website reported today. At the time of publication, Altan was at Mersin Courthouse waiting for a...

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Q&A: Impunity and journalist safety are priority says new OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir

August 8, 2017 12:12 PM ET

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media plays a vital role that is valued by journalists and media freedom groups for its ability to speak out in defense of press freedom in participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe....

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Amid tensions ahead of Kenyan vote, journalists face violence and threats

August 7, 2017 12:52 PM ET

When a fight broke out during a political rally for Kenya's Orange Democratic Movement in Kakamega county on May 4, Shaban Makokha was taking pictures for his newspaper, the Daily Nation. Makokha told CPJ that when police arrived to break up the fight, they demanded that he stop taking...

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Q&A: Somali editor says efforts to make media law less restrictive don't go far enough

August 2, 2017 2:17 PM ET

On July 13, Somalia's Cabinet approved proposed changes to the country's national media law as part of a review to overhaul the regulatory framework under which journalists currently work. But Somali journalists and local media rights groups have criticized the government for not doing enough to provide journalists with...

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