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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 10, 2018

September 13, 2018 2:07 PM ET

Turkey detains Austrian writer Austrian citizen Max Zirngast, a contributor to several magazines and a student of political science, according to the OSCE, was detained by anti-terrorism police in Ankara, Turkey's capital, on September 11, Deutsche Welle reported. Deutsche Welle quoted a tweet of German magazine re:volt--one of his...

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CPJ joins call for Sweden to uphold human rights in EU regulation on surveillance equipment exports

September 13, 2018 11:23 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists wrote to Annika Ben David, Sweden's ambassador-at-large for human rights, as part of a coalition of eight other civil society organizations....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 3, 2018

September 6, 2018 2:58 PM ET

Journalists in court The prosecutor in the trial of imprisoned journalist Nazlı Ilıcak, who is charged with "revealing information regarding state security that is supposed to be secret for espionage proposes," asked the 26th Istanbul Court of Serious Crimes for a life sentence, the daily Evrensel reported on September...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 27, 2018

August 30, 2018 3:18 PM ET

Police assault reporters in Istanbul Turkish police violently attacked several reporters trying to cover a weekly silent protest, known as the Saturday Mothers, in Istanbul's Galatasaray Square on August 25, the New York Times reported. The reporters, alongside activists participating in the protest, were attacked by the police during...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 20, 2018

August 23, 2018 10:06 AM ET

An Istanbul court on August 20 lifted the foreign travel ban on Meşale Tolu, a translator and editor for the leftist Etkin News Agency (ETHA), the daily Cumhuriyet reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 13, 2018

August 16, 2018 5:45 PM ET

Capital Markets Board issues warning on coverage of financial markets The Turkish Capital Markets Board (SPK) said in a statement that Article 107 of the Law no. 6362 on "market fraud" will be used against those who "spread fabricated, false and fallacious news about the economy," independent news website...

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How Turkey silences journalists online, one removal request at a time

August 13, 2018 12:00 PM ET

On June 19, Abdülhamit Bilici, the last editor-in-chief of the now-shuttered Turkish paper Zaman, tweeted about the decline of press freedom in his home country. If you can see his tweet, you are probably not in Turkey because it is among the over 1.5 million tweets belonging to journalists...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 6, 2018

August 9, 2018 2:58 PM ET

Journalist arrested Authorities in the southeastern city of Mardin on August 8 took Uğur Akgül, a former reporter for the shuttered pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), into custody to serve his prison sentence of two years and six months after a court rejected his appeal, according to the pro-Kurdish...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 30, 2018

August 2, 2018 12:14 PM ET

Journalist threatened Hale Gönültaş, a reporter for the news website Gazete Duvar, received a death threat on July 30, three days after the publication of her feature on the Islamic State militant group selling Yezidi women as slaves, her employer reported. Gönültaş's report stated that at least one Yezidi...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 23, 2018

July 26, 2018 1:57 PM ET

Journalist arraigned An Istanbul court on July 19 arraigned Mustafa Gökkılıç, a former reporter for the now-closed liberal daily Radikal, on charges of having ties to the Gülen movement, which the government considers a terrorist organization, according to the state news agency Anatolia....

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