November 2018

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week beginning November 25, 2018

November 29, 2018 1:27 PM ET

Court upholds Özgür Gündem sentences A local appeals court in Istanbul on November 29 upheld the earlier prison sentences handed to five of the participants of a solidarity campaign with the daily Özgür Gündem, the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya Agency reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 8, 2018

November 15, 2018 12:40 PM ET

Court sentences former Zaman journalist A court in Uşak on November 14 convicted Ali Ünal, a former columnist for the shuttered daily Zaman, of "founding and leading an armed terrorist organization" and sentenced him to 19 years and six months in prison, the news website Diken reported. The court...

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Panic buttons, cameras, and a gun under the desk: Local newsrooms update security in wake of Capital Gazette attack

November 14, 2018 10:58 AM ET

The Capital Gazette shootings in Annapolis in June, in which a gunman killed five staff, forced many newsrooms across the U.S. to reassess the security of their offices. While journalists acknowledged that threats come with the job, the shooting comes in a year of increased hostility toward the press,...

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Angela Quintal recounts CPJ's ordeal in Tanzania

November 13, 2018 3:22 PM ET

Johannesburg, November 13, 2018--"We drove down a dirt road and entered the premises of what appeared to be a safe house, through a large gate. Several men in plain clothes stood in the front yard. At least one appeared to be armed with a rifle. Their animosity was palpable......

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Damascus journalist has a million stories but none she can safely report

November 12, 2018 4:08 PM ET

Joudy Boulos has a million stories she wants to write. But as a Syrian freelance journalist living in Damascus, her ability to report is severely limited by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It is so dangerous that "Joudy Boulos" is a pseudonym the journalist sometimes uses when...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 1, 2018

November 8, 2018 12:47 PM ET

Journalists in court An Istanbul court on November 5 convicted Yasir Kaya, a sports journalist formerly with Fenerbahçe TV or FBTV, of "being a member of a [terrorist] organization" and sentenced him to six years and three months in prison, according to reports. Kaya remained free pending appeal, according...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 26, 2018

November 1, 2018 12:37 PM ET

Journalist freed pending trial An Istanbul court on October 31, ordered Ali Sönmez Kayar, a reporter for the socialist Etkin News Agency (ETHA), to be freed pending trial, the independent news website Bianet reported. Kayar, who is charged with "being a member of a [terrorist] organization," was released under...

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