August 2018

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 27, 2018

August 30, 2018 3:18 PM ET

Police assault reporters in Istanbul Turkish police violently attacked several reporters trying to cover a weekly silent protest, known as the Saturday Mothers, in Istanbul's Galatasaray Square on August 25, the New York Times reported. The reporters, alongside activists participating in the protest, were attacked by the police during...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 20, 2018

August 23, 2018 10:06 AM ET

An Istanbul court on August 20 lifted the foreign travel ban on Meşale Tolu, a translator and editor for the leftist Etkin News Agency (ETHA), the daily Cumhuriyet reported....

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CPJ joins call for UN Human Rights Council to address crackdown in Tanzania

August 17, 2018 4:22 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 29 other civil society groups yesterday wrote to the member and observer states of the United Nations Human Rights Council urging them to address the deteriorating situation for human rights, including freedom of the press, in Tanzania during the upcoming 39th session of...

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Google complicity in Chinese censorship could endanger press freedom elsewhere

August 17, 2018 1:45 PM ET

In 2010, after four years of offering Chinese users a heavily censored version of its search engine, Google decided it would no longer block search results at the request of the Chinese state. "Our objection is to those forces of totalitarianism," Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder, told The New York...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 13, 2018

August 16, 2018 5:45 PM ET

Capital Markets Board issues warning on coverage of financial markets The Turkish Capital Markets Board (SPK) said in a statement that Article 107 of the Law no. 6362 on "market fraud" will be used against those who "spread fabricated, false and fallacious news about the economy," independent news website...

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CPJ's backgrounder on US press freedom

August 15, 2018 12:43 PM ET

In recent weeks CPJ has noticed an uptick in interest from editorial boards of U.S. publications on issues related to press freedom in the United States. In light of this, the following data and reporting may be helpful. CPJ systematically tracks the killing and imprisonment of journalists around the...

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How Turkey silences journalists online, one removal request at a time

August 13, 2018 12:00 PM ET

On June 19, Abdülhamit Bilici, the last editor-in-chief of the now-shuttered Turkish paper Zaman, tweeted about the decline of press freedom in his home country. If you can see his tweet, you are probably not in Turkey because it is among the over 1.5 million tweets belonging to journalists...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 6, 2018

August 9, 2018 2:58 PM ET

Journalist arrested Authorities in the southeastern city of Mardin on August 8 took Uğur Akgül, a former reporter for the shuttered pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), into custody to serve his prison sentence of two years and six months after a court rejected his appeal, according to the pro-Kurdish...

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Maldives president's off-hand comment on missing journalist Rilwan highlights need for fresh investigation

August 7, 2018 5:35 PM ET

Four years to the day that Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla was last seen by his family, President Abdulla Yameen Abdulla Gayoom declared the Maldives journalist dead....

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In Nicaragua, Ortega's control over the media slips even as a government crackdown intensifies

August 7, 2018 1:23 PM ET

Nicaragua's four-month-old popular uprising has not only weakened President Daniel Ortega's grip on power: it has eroded his government's control over the news....

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Hong Kong Journalists Association finds press freedom further restricted by 'one country' principle

August 2, 2018 12:32 PM ET

In its annual report, released July 29, the Hong Kong Journalists Association found that press freedom has gone backward as the administrative region seeks to implement legislation to criminalize critical opinions toward China's "one country" policy and Beijing....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 30, 2018

August 2, 2018 12:14 PM ET

Journalist threatened Hale Gönültaş, a reporter for the news website Gazete Duvar, received a death threat on July 30, three days after the publication of her feature on the Islamic State militant group selling Yezidi women as slaves, her employer reported. Gönültaş's report stated that at least one Yezidi...

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