January 2019

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 28, 2019

January 31, 2019 2:55 PM ET

Düzkan starts jail term for Özgür Gündem campaignJournalist Ayşe Düzkan started serving an 18-month prison sentence in Bakırköy Women's Prison in Istanbul on January 29 over her participation in a solidarity campaign with the daily newspaper Özgür Gündem, the independent news website Bianet reported. A court sentenced Düzkan in...

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From fake news to enemy of the people: An anatomy of Trump's tweets

January 30, 2019 10:00 AM ET

Since announcing his candidacy in the 2016 presidential elections to the end of his second year in office, U.S. President Donald Trump has sent 1,339 tweets about the media that were critical, insinuating, condemning, or threatening. In lieu of formal appearances as president, Trump has tweeted over 5,400 times...

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Q&A: Rodney Sieh on how Liberia's press is faring under Weah presidency

January 29, 2019 7:01 PM ET

Rodney Sieh, editor-in-chief and publisher of Liberian investigative outlet FrontPageAfrica, knows first-hand the harassment and risks critical journalists in his country face. In 2013, CPJ documented how he was sentenced to prison over unpaid fines in a criminal defamation case....

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Surveillance tops foreign correspondents' concerns in China, FCCC finds

January 29, 2019 11:29 AM ET

Working conditions for foreign correspondents in China further deteriorated in 2018, according to the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China annual survey. The report, "Under Watch: FCCC Annual Working Conditions Report 2018," highlights growing digital and human surveillance, as well as government interference in reporting in China....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week beginning January 20, 2019

January 24, 2019 1:25 PM ET

Jailed journalist Nazlı Ilıcak sentenced to extra 5-year prison term An Istanbul court on January 22 sentenced veteran journalist Nazlı Ilıcak to five years and 10 months in prison for "exposing secret documents," the news website Diken reported. Ilıcak, who worked most recently with shuttered outlets Can Erzincan TV...

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CPJ joins letter expressing concern about proposed cyberspace law in Venezuela

January 18, 2019 12:38 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 30 regional and international rights organizations expressing concern about a proposed law in Venezuela that would expand the powers of the government to control and monitor internet use without institutional checks....

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For local female journalists in US, rape threats, stalkers, harassment can come with the beat

January 17, 2019 4:33 PM ET

In 2016, the FBI told a local TV journalist that she wasn't safe sleeping in her own home. Her TV station, which covers a major American city, hired an off-duty police officer to guard the parking lot when she arrived at work. Even for a journalist covering organized crime,...

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Sudan responds to anti-Bashir coverage with censorship and arrests

January 17, 2019 3:37 PM ET

"We were all journalists, so we went to work. We wrote about what happened to us that day," Ashraf Abdelaziz, editor-in-chief of the privately owned al-Jarida daily told me over the phone this week, while recounting how he and his colleagues reported on their own arrest while still in...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 13, 2019

January 17, 2019 1:18 PM ET

Turkey deports Dutch journalist Authorities on January 17 deported Ans Boersma, a Dutch freelance journalist based in Istanbul, BBC Turkish reported. The journalist was taken into custody the day before, when she tried to renew her residence permit at the Foreigners' Office in Istanbul. She was detained overnight at...

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In Romania, EU data protection law used to try to muzzle Rise Project

January 16, 2019 12:36 PM ET

Finding a suitcase full of documents is every journalist's dream. But for the investigative outlet Rise Project, it quickly turned into a legal nightmare after Romanian authorities filed a complaint under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ordering the outlet to reveal its sources or pay a fine...

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CPJ joins call for Zimbabwe to restore internet and social media access

January 15, 2019 1:12 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 20 rights organizations and the #KeepItOn Coalition to call for authorities in Zimbabwe to restore internet and social media services, commit to maintaining internet access, and encourage accountability from telecommunication and internet service providers to respect human rights....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 7, 2019

January 10, 2019 1:57 PM ET

Erdoğan says Turkish media is 'more democratic' In a message to mark Working Journalists' Day--a local press freedom day on January 10--Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, "The reforms actualized in the past 16 years have enabled the Turkish press to be richer, diverse, and meet a more democratic...

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Gagging orders, legal action, and communist era laws used to try to 'choke' Polish press

January 10, 2019 12:11 PM ET

Polish security agents enter the house of a prominent TV journalist over accusations that he propagated Nazi propaganda. Police summon a reporter over claims that he breached the privacy of the vice-head of the constitutional court. And Poland's central bank files gagging orders against two papers, demanding they remove...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 31, 2018

January 3, 2019 1:48 PM ET

Media watchdog fines and blocks two critical stationsTurkey's official media watchdog RTÜK has fined and censored the critical channels Halk TV and FOX TV Turkey for allegedly "provoking the people into hatred and animosity," reports said....

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