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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 19, 2019

May 23, 2019 3:25 PM ET

7 journalists sentenced in Özgür Gündem trial An Istanbul Court on May 21 sentenced seven journalists from the shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem to prison after they were convicted of "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization," the Mezopotamya News Agency reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 12, 2019

May 16, 2019 3:16 PM ET

Journalists beaten, hospitalized in Ankara and Antalya At least six men used baseball bats to beat Yavuz Selim Demirağ, a columnist for the nationalist daily Yeni Çağ, in Ankara on the evening of May 10, the same day that he appeared as a guest on a political talk show...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 5, 2019

May 9, 2019 5:48 PM ET

Journalist sentenced to 10 months in prison An Istanbul court on May 7 sentenced Cansu Pişkin, a reporter for the leftist daily Evrensel, to 10 months in prison for "making a target of a civil servant for terrorist organizations," the television news website Medyascope reported. The court suspended Pişkin's sentence...

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Bulgaria's press navigate harassment, threats in pursuit of stories

May 6, 2019 6:00 PM ET

In October 2018, Viktoria Marinova, a host for TVN, was raped and murdered near the station's studios. When CPJ's Europe correspondent, Attila Mong, spoke with her colleagues and other journalists during a trip to Bulgaria last month, they said that while they don't believe the attack is linked to...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 28, 2019

May 2, 2019 12:57 PM ET

Cumhuriyet appeal rejected by local court An Istanbul court on April 30 rejected a stay of execution request from lawyers representing eight staff from the daily Cumhuriyet, the news website T24 reported. The lawyers asked authorities to not act on a local appeals court ruling that upheld their sentencing...

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Letter calls on Putin to not approve Russia's 'sovereign internet' bill

May 1, 2019 11:22 AM ET

CPJ and a coalition of international human rights and press freedom organizations called on President Vladimir Putin to not approve legislative amendments known as the "bill on a sovereign internet" that could lead to further limitations on internet and media freedom in Russia....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 21, 2019

April 25, 2019 3:24 PM ET

Cumhuriyet staff hand themselves over to prison authorities Six former employees from the daily Cumhuriyet handed themselves into authorities today, after the legal paperwork for their failed appeal was entered into Turkey's judicial system and warrants were issued for their arrest, according to their lawyer and reports....

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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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Why the prosecution of Julian Assange is troubling for press freedom

April 12, 2019 5:58 PM ET

After a seven-year standoff at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, British police yesterday arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange--a development press freedom advocates had long feared....

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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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