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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 February 26, 2018

March 1, 2018 2:36 PM ET

Journalists sentenced An Istanbul court on February 28 sentenced Ahmet Altan, the former chief editor for the shuttered daily Taraf, to five years and 11 months in prison for "insulting the [Turkish] president," and "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization," the online newspaper Diken reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 19, 2018

February 22, 2018 2:09 PM ET

Journalists acquitted, released Turkish authorities on February 17 released from jail Deniz Yücel, Turkey correspondent for the German newspaper Die Welt, who had been imprisoned for a year pending investigation, according to Reuters. A Turkish court on the same day also indicted Yücel on charges of "propagandizing for a...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 12, 2018

February 15, 2018 3:05 PM ET

Journalist released, said he was sexually abused in custody Turkish authorities on February 14 released from prison photojournalist Çağdaş Erdoğan after an Istanbul court decided he should be tried without arrest, the online newspaper Artı Gerçek reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 5, 2018

February 8, 2018 2:05 PM ET

Journalists detained Istanbul police on February 1 detained Ali Sönmez Kayar, a reporter for the socialist Etkin News Agency (ETHA), according to his employer's tweet. A local court ordered Kayar to be held in custody pending investigation, on February 6, ETHA reported without providing further details....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 29

February 1, 2018 1:13 PM ET

Journalists arrested Police on the night of January 23 detained İshak Karakaş, chief editor and columnist for the online newspapers Halkın Nabzı and Artı Gerçek, at his Istanbul home as part of a sweeping crackdown on people who have criticized Turkey's military intervention in Syria, the daily Evrensel reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 22, 2018

January 25, 2018 1:22 PM ET

Journalists jailed Istanbul authorities on January 18 ordered Veli Haydar Güleç, the former board member for the shuttered TV10, and Veli Büyükşahin, a former TV10 chairperson and current columnist for the online newspaper Artı Gerçek, to be held in pre-trial detention, Artı Gerçek reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 15

January 18, 2018 4:17 PM ET

Journalists in custody Police the southeastern city of Diyarbakır on January 12 detained Selman Keleş, a former reporter for the shuttered, pro-Kurdish Dihaber News Agency, and released him the next day on order of a local court, online newspaper Gazete Karınca reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 8, 2018

January 11, 2018 3:43 PM ET

Court rules journalists should be released, but they remain in custody Turkey's Constitutional Court on January 11 ruled that local courts should release from pre-trial detention Şahin Alpay, a former columnist for the shuttered daily Zaman, and Mehmet Altan, a former host for the shuttered Can Erzincan TV and...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 1, 2018

January 4, 2018 3:16 PM ET

New decree shutters two more news outlets The Turkish cabinet on December 24 issued a decree that prompted the closure of Akdeniz Gazetesi and Isparta Çınaraltı Gazetesi, two local newspapers in the southwestern province of Isparta, the daily Evrensel reported. Under the decree, the papers were considered threats to...

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