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 December 6, 2018

December 13, 2018 1:22 PM ET

Anti-state charges for 5 journalists Five journalists from the opposition daily Sözcü were indicted for "willingly and knowingly helping a [terrorist] organization without being in its hierarchical structure," BBC Turkey reported on December 10. Chief editor Metin Yılmaz, online chief editor Mustafa Çetin, online news coordinator Yücel Arı, and...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 2

December 6, 2018 12:37 PM ET

Journalists in court A Diyarbakır Court on December 5 ordered Rojhat Doğru, a journalist formerly with the northern Iraq outlet Gali Kurdistan TV, to be detained pending investigation, the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya Agency reported. According to the report, Doğru was taken into custody in Istanbul on the accusation of "being...

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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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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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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 18

October 25, 2018 1:37 PM ET

Court sentences journalists over Özgür Gündem campaignAn Istanbul court on October 24 sentenced three journalists to jail for "insulting the president" in the now shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, the daily Evrensel reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 11

October 18, 2018 12:42 PM ET

Journalists in court An Istanbul court on October 16 asked Interpol to issue a "red notice" warrant for the exiled journalists Can Dündar and İlhan Tanır, according to reports. Dündar and Tanır were defendants in the trial against the opposition daily Cumhuriyet, until their cases were separated from the...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 4, 2018

October 11, 2018 1:19 PM ET

Journalist sentenced to over 7 years in jail A court in the eastern Muş city on October 10 sentenced Seda Taşkın, a reporter for the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya News Agency (MA), to a total of seven years and six months in prison, her employer reported. Taşkın attended the hearing via...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 27, 2018

October 4, 2018 3:34 PM ET

Erdoğan in Germany A Turkish man wearing a "freedom for journalists" T-shirt was thrown out of a press conference between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on September 28, video from Euronews and Özgürüz showed. The man was identified as Adil Yiğit, chief editor...

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