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 July 16, 2018

July 19, 2018 4:20 PM ET

Journalists in court An Istanbul court today found Canan Coşkun, a court reporter with the daily Cumhuriyet, guilty of "making targets of those assigned to combat terrorism" and sentenced her to two years and three months in prison, her employer reported. She is not in government custody, the report...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 9, 2018

July 12, 2018 2:31 PM ET

Journalist released Authorities in the eastern city of Elazığ on July 9 released from custody journalist Şerife Oruç, who is on trial for terrorism-related charges, the news website Gazete Karınca reported. Her trial is ongoing....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 2, 2017

July 5, 2018 4:29 PM ET

Journalists released An Istanbul court on June 27 released Mehmet Altan from Istanbul's Silvri prison pending an appeal of his conviction and life sentence, according to agency reports....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 17

June 21, 2018 1:22 PM ET

Ahead of election, OSCE highlights restrictive media environment In a report on Turkey's elections this month, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said, "The media landscape is dominated by outlets whose owners are considered affiliated with the government or depend on public contracts." The report added...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 10

June 14, 2018 1:40 PM ET

Journalist arrested A court on June 11 ordered Berzan Güneş, a reporter for the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya news agency, to be arrested pending trial, his employer reported. The indictment accused Güneş of "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organisation" and presented as evidence the journalist's social media posts, going back to...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 28, 2018

May 31, 2018 2:38 PM ET

Journalist detained Istanbul police on May 28 detained an editor for the leftist news website Sendika, Ali Ergin Demirhan, at the website's office on suspicion of "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization," in relation to the journalist's work, his employer reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 21, 2018

May 24, 2018 4:45 PM ET

Turkey will continue to block Wikipedia During a May 18 press conference, Turkish Transportation, Maritime Affairs, and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan said that Wikipedia will remain blocked in the country because the website portrays Turkey as a supporter of the Islamic State militant group, the daily Cumhuriyet reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 14, 2018

May 17, 2018 3:40 PM ET

Journalists imprisoned Turkish authorities in the western province of Edirne on May 11 transferred Kemal Sancılı, the publisher of the shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, to Istanbul's Silivri Prison, two days after he was detained on suspicion of terrorism-related activities, according to a report from the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya Agency....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 30, 2018

May 3, 2018 1:45 PM ET

Feza Media Group trial ends, defendants sentenced An Istanbul court on April 30 convicted 10 people affiliated with the shuttered Feza Media Group, best known as the publisher of the daily Zaman, on terrorism-related charges, CNNTurk and the media news website P24 reported. All of the defendants were acquitted...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 23, 2018

April 26, 2018 12:21 PM ET

Cumhuriyet trial ends, defendants sentenced An Istanbul court on April 25 convicted 14 people affiliated with the independent daily Cumhuriyet on terrorism-related charges, the newspaper reported. The court placed the journalists and newspaper staff on probation and banned them from traveling until the appeals process has ended, according to...

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