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In Romania, EU data protection law used to try to muzzle Rise Project

January 16, 2019 12:36 PM ET

Finding a suitcase full of documents is every journalist's dream. But for the investigative outlet Rise Project, it quickly turned into a legal nightmare after Romanian authorities filed a complaint under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ordering the outlet to reveal its sources or pay a fine...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 7, 2019

January 10, 2019 1:57 PM ET

Erdoğan says Turkish media is 'more democratic' In a message to mark Working Journalists' Day--a local press freedom day on January 10--Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, "The reforms actualized in the past 16 years have enabled the Turkish press to be richer, diverse, and meet a more democratic...

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Gagging orders, legal action, and communist era laws used to try to 'choke' Polish press

January 10, 2019 12:11 PM ET

Polish security agents enter the house of a prominent TV journalist over accusations that he propagated Nazi propaganda. Police summon a reporter over claims that he breached the privacy of the vice-head of the constitutional court. And Poland's central bank files gagging orders against two papers, demanding they remove...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 31, 2018

January 3, 2019 1:48 PM ET

Media watchdog fines and blocks two critical stationsTurkey's official media watchdog RTÜK has fined and censored the critical channels Halk TV and FOX TV Turkey for allegedly "provoking the people into hatred and animosity," reports said....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 16, 2018

December 20, 2018 1:21 PM ET

Journalist jailed over unpaid fines Hakan Gülseven, a journalist who used to work for the pro-opposition (CHP) daily Yurt, was imprisoned on December 20 after failing to pay 31,500 Turkish lira (US$5,974) in three unpaid fines over charges of insult, the news website Artı Gerçek reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 6, 2018

December 13, 2018 1:22 PM ET

Anti-state charges for 5 journalists Five journalists from the opposition daily Sözcü were indicted for "willingly and knowingly helping a [terrorist] organization without being in its hierarchical structure," BBC Turkey reported on December 10. Chief editor Metin Yılmaz, online chief editor Mustafa Çetin, online news coordinator Yücel Arı, and...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 2

December 6, 2018 12:37 PM ET

Journalists in court A Diyarbakır Court on December 5 ordered Rojhat Doğru, a journalist formerly with the northern Iraq outlet Gali Kurdistan TV, to be detained pending investigation, the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya Agency reported. According to the report, Doğru was taken into custody in Istanbul on the accusation of "being...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week beginning November 25, 2018

November 29, 2018 1:27 PM ET

Court upholds Özgür Gündem sentences A local appeals court in Istanbul on November 29 upheld the earlier prison sentences handed to five of the participants of a solidarity campaign with the daily Özgür Gündem, the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya Agency reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 8, 2018

November 15, 2018 12:40 PM ET

Court sentences former Zaman journalist A court in Uşak on November 14 convicted Ali Ünal, a former columnist for the shuttered daily Zaman, of "founding and leading an armed terrorist organization" and sentenced him to 19 years and six months in prison, the news website Diken reported. The court...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 1, 2018

November 8, 2018 12:47 PM ET

Journalists in court An Istanbul court on November 5 convicted Yasir Kaya, a sports journalist formerly with Fenerbahçe TV or FBTV, of "being a member of a [terrorist] organization" and sentenced him to six years and three months in prison, according to reports. Kaya remained free pending appeal, according...

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