Özgür Öğret

Özgür Öğret is a Turkish freelance journalist and CPJ’s Turkey representative. He was lead researcher for the 2012 CPJ special report, "Turkey's Press Freedom Crisis."

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 20, 2017

August 21, 2017 10:46 AM ET

Detained Özgürlükçü Demokrasi employee releasedAuthorities released Hamdullah Bayram, an employee for the pro-Kurdish daily Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, who police detained August 14, the Turkish news website Dihaber reported today. According to Dihaber, Bayram was kept at a sports complex that Urfa police use as a detention center. CPJ documented how...

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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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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 30, 2017

July 31, 2017 11:40 AM ET

Court jails two journalists pending trial A court in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep on August 2 ordered Furkan Gökşen, a reporter for the local newspaper Detay Haber, and Murat Güreş, a columnist for the local newspaper Ayıntap, jailed pending trial on charges of "violating the secrecy of...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 23, 2017

July 25, 2017 12:05 PM ET

Journalists to stand trial on charges of obtaining secret information Hatay's Second Court of Penal Peace yesterday ordered Dihaber journalist Erdoğan Alayumat jailed pending trial on charges "obtaining secret information of the Republic of Turkey with the means of political and military espionage" and ordered Nuri Akman released on...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 16, 2017

July 17, 2017 1:01 PM ET

Germany says Turkey offered prisoner swap for jailed journalist German daily Bild cited an unnamed German diplomatic source as saying that Turkey offered to exchange imprisoned journalist Deniz Yücel for two former generals who sought asylum in Germany. Germany's foreign ministry rejected the offer, the anonymous source told Bild....

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A year after attempted coup in Turkey, media landscape purged of critical voices

July 13, 2017 11:30 AM ET

The history of modern Turkish politics is rife with military intervention--the army has toppled elected governments four times since Mustafa Kemal Atatürk founded the modern Turkish state in 1923, and has strong-armed them into submission countless other times. One of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's greatest accomplishments has been returning...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 9, 2017

July 10, 2017 12:08 PM ET

Police detain two journalists Police in the southern Turkish province of Hatay detained Erdoğan Alayumat and Nuri Akman, two correspondents for the pro-Kurdish news website Dihaber last night as they worked, their employer reported today. Police detained them on a complaint that they were "suspicious," according to the report....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 2, 2017

July 5, 2017 10:44 AM ET

Turkish president tells German newspaper jailed correspondent is a terrorist Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in an interview published yesterday, told the German newspaper Die Zeit that Die Welt Turkey correspondent, Turkish-German dual national Deniz Yücel, is a terrorist because he interviewed a leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 25, 2017

June 26, 2017 10:10 AM ET

BBC reporter refused entry Police at Istanbul's Atatürk Airport yesterday detained BBC reporter Jiyar Gol for five hours before putting him on a plane out of the country, the journalist wrote on Twitter. The journalist tweeted that he believes he was not allowed in the country because of his...

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