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 June 23, 2019

June 27, 2019 12:15 PM ET

'Insult' trial for Free Journalists Initiative spokesperson Hakkı Boltan, a spokesperson for the Free Journalists Initiative (ÖGİ), is due to stand trial in Diyarbakır on charges of "insulting the president" and "insulting a public servant because of their duty," the news website Gazete Karınca reported. The charges are related...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 16, 2019

June 20, 2019 4:03 PM ET

Journalist turns himself in, released the same day Yavuz Selim Demirağ, a columnist for the nationalist daily Yeni Çağ who was attacked by a group of men who beat him with baseball bats in May, was released from prison under judicial control around midnight the day he turned himself...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 9, 2019

June 13, 2019 2:19 PM ET

Journalist in jail for insulting presidentOn June 13, Yavuz Selim Demirağ, a columnist for the nationalist daily Yeni Çağ, started an 11-month and 20-day prison sentence for "insulting the president," according to his column published the same day. The column featured an update from the newspaper that said that...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 2, 2019

June 6, 2019 2:01 PM ET

German journalist accused of insulting president A prosecutor in Ankara has started an investigation into German journalist Süheyla Kaplan who is accused of "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and terrorism propaganda, Deutsche Welle reported. Evidence cited against the journalist includes a political cartoon of the Turkey's president that she...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 26, 2019

May 30, 2019 1:13 PM ET

More journalists beaten in Turkey On May 25, three men beat Selahattin Önkibar, a columnist for the ultranationalist opposition news website Odatv, near his house in Ankara, the leftist daily Evrensel reported. Önkibar is the fifth journalist to be attacked in Turkey this month, in apparent retaliation for their...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 19, 2019

May 23, 2019 3:25 PM ET

7 journalists sentenced in Özgür Gündem trial An Istanbul Court on May 21 sentenced seven journalists from the shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem to prison after they were convicted of "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization," the Mezopotamya News Agency reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 12, 2019

May 16, 2019 3:16 PM ET

Journalists beaten, hospitalized in Ankara and Antalya At least six men used baseball bats to beat Yavuz Selim Demirağ, a columnist for the nationalist daily Yeni Çağ, in Ankara on the evening of May 10, the same day that he appeared as a guest on a political talk show...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 5, 2019

May 9, 2019 5:48 PM ET

Journalist sentenced to 10 months in prison An Istanbul court on May 7 sentenced Cansu Pişkin, a reporter for the leftist daily Evrensel, to 10 months in prison for "making a target of a civil servant for terrorist organizations," the television news website Medyascope reported. The court suspended Pişkin's sentence...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 28, 2019

May 2, 2019 12:57 PM ET

Cumhuriyet appeal rejected by local court An Istanbul court on April 30 rejected a stay of execution request from lawyers representing eight staff from the daily Cumhuriyet, the news website T24 reported. The lawyers asked authorities to not act on a local appeals court ruling that upheld their sentencing...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 21, 2019

April 25, 2019 3:24 PM ET

Cumhuriyet staff hand themselves over to prison authorities Six former employees from the daily Cumhuriyet handed themselves into authorities today, after the legal paperwork for their failed appeal was entered into Turkey's judicial system and warrants were issued for their arrest, according to their lawyer and reports....

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