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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 20, 2017

August 21, 2017 10:46 AM ET

Police detain Dihaber reporters, confiscate their images Istanbul police briefly detained Sadiye Eser and Mehmet Şah Oruç, two reporters from the news website Dihaber, on August 19 when the journalists refused to share visuals they had taken at a press conference, their employer reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 13, 2017

August 14, 2017 12:10 PM ET

Court jails journalist pending trial for social media activity A court in Turkey's southeastern Mardin province ordered Mehmet Sıddık Damar, a former reporter for the shuttered, pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), jailed pending trial on charges of "propagandizing for a [terrorist] organization" in his social media posts, the news...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 6, 2017

August 9, 2017 11:23 AM ET

Police detain journalist Police detained Berivan Altan, a reporter for the news website Dihaber, at checkpoint in the southeastern province of Mersin last night because there was a warrant for her arrest, the website reported today. At the time of publication, Altan was at Mersin Courthouse waiting for a...

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Q&A: Impunity and journalist safety are priority says new OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir

August 8, 2017 12:12 PM ET

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media plays a vital role that is valued by journalists and media freedom groups for its ability to speak out in defense of press freedom in participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 30, 2017

July 31, 2017 11:40 AM ET

Court jails two journalists pending trial A court in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep on August 2 ordered Furkan Gökşen, a reporter for the local newspaper Detay Haber, and Murat Güreş, a columnist for the local newspaper Ayıntap, jailed pending trial on charges of "violating the secrecy of...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 23, 2017

July 25, 2017 12:05 PM ET

Journalists to stand trial on charges of obtaining secret information Hatay's Second Court of Penal Peace yesterday ordered Dihaber journalist Erdoğan Alayumat jailed pending trial on charges "obtaining secret information of the Republic of Turkey with the means of political and military espionage" and ordered Nuri Akman released on...

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CPJ and rights groups call on President Poroshenko to prioritize Pavel Sheremet murder case

July 20, 2017 6:01 PM ET

CPJ today joined seven other media rights organizations-- all part of the Council of Europe's Platform to protect journalism and promote the safety of journalists--in signing a joint letter to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The letter calls on the president to ensure an effective investigation into the murder of...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 16, 2017

July 17, 2017 1:01 PM ET

Germany says Turkey offered prisoner swap for jailed journalist German daily Bild cited an unnamed German diplomatic source as saying that Turkey offered to exchange imprisoned journalist Deniz Yücel for two former generals who sought asylum in Germany. Germany's foreign ministry rejected the offer, the anonymous source told Bild....

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Turkish media in exile? Think again

July 14, 2017 10:09 AM ET

Freedom is like air or water: something you appreciate only when it's gone. Freedom for Turkish journalists was never as abundant as air or water--but nor was it ever as scarce as it has become in the last year....

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A year after attempted coup in Turkey, media landscape purged of critical voices

July 13, 2017 11:30 AM ET

The history of modern Turkish politics is rife with military intervention--the army has toppled elected governments four times since Mustafa Kemal Atatürk founded the modern Turkish state in 1923, and has strong-armed them into submission countless other times. One of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's greatest accomplishments has been returning...

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