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 April 14, 2019

April 18, 2019 2:56 PM ET

Sözcü journalists on trial At a hearing for journalists from the opposition daily Sözcü, in Istanbul, on April 18, the prosecutor asked that seven staff members be found guilty for "willingly and knowingly helping a [terrorist] organization without being in its hierarchical structure," the news website Diken reported. The...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 7, 2019

April 11, 2019 1:05 PM ET

14 trials in one week for Özgür Gündem publisher Over the course of one week, Turkish courts agreed to proceed with 14 cases involving Ziya Çiçekçi, a former publisher of the shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, the Mezopotamya News Agency (MA) reported. All but one of the cases involve...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 31, 2019

April 4, 2019 1:31 PM ET

Eight sentenced over Özgür Gündem campaign An Istanbul court on April 3 sentenced seven guest editors who took part in a solidarity campaign with the now shuttered daily, Özgür Gündem, the television and news website Medyascope reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 24, 2019

March 28, 2019 1:21 PM ET

Court dismisses trial of Paradise Papers reporter Pelin Ünker The trial of Pelin Ünker, a former reporter for the opposition daily Cumhuriyet, who faced charges related to her coverage of the Paradise Papers, was closed on March 28 after the judge ruled that the statute of limitations had expired,...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 17, 2019

March 21, 2019 3:08 PM ET

Evrensel journalist acquitted over Paradise Papers charge An Istanbul court on March 19 acquitted Çağrı Sarı, the former responsible news editor for the leftist daily Evrensel, of insult and libel, her employer reported. The case focused on Evrensel's coverage of the Paradise Papers in April, which alleged that President...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 10, 2019

March 14, 2019 2:04 PM ET

Court convicts Gün Printing House owner and staff An Istanbul court on March 11 convicted seven employees of the Gün Printing House, including the owner, Kasım Zengin, of anti-state charges and sentenced them to prison, the pro-Kurdish Mezopatamya News Agency reported. The court acquitted 15 other employees who were...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 3, 2019

March 7, 2019 12:57 PM ET

Journalist and former CHP politician sentenced An Istanbul court on March 1 convicted Eren Erdem, the former chief editor for the defunct daily Karşı and a former parliamentary deputy in the main opposition party CHP, of "knowingly and willingly helping a [terrorist] organization without being involved in the organization's hierarchical...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 24, 2019

February 28, 2019 12:45 PM ET

RSF Turkey representative in court Erol Önderoğlu, the Turkey representative for the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF), was in court in Istanbul on February 25 alongside Şebnem Korur Fincancı, a columnist for the leftist daily Evrensel and president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, and Ahmet...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 17, 2019

February 21, 2019 12:48 PM ET

Appeals court upholds Cumhuriyet verdict An Istanbul appeals court on February 19 upheld the terrorism-related convictions of staff from the daily Cumhuriyet who were earlier sentenced to five years or less in prison, according to reports. CPJ condemned the decision. The decision means that at least six defendants, including...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 10

February 14, 2019 2:41 PM ET

Police detain two journalists in separate raids Police on February 12 detained Salih Turan, a freelance journalist who formerly worked for the U.S. government-funded broadcaster Voice of America and the Kurdish service of the Russian-state-funded outlet Sputnik, on accusations of "making propaganda of a [terrorist] organization" on social media...

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