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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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CPJ joins call for Uzbekistan to investigate claims jailed journalists were tortured

February 14, 2018 1:48 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a coalition of 11 other international press freedom and human rights advocacy groups, in calling on Uzbek authorities to conduct an investigation into allegations of torture and ill-treatment of jailed journalists Bobomurod Abdullaev and Hayot Nasriddinov. The coalition, led by Human Rights...

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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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As German hate speech law sinks Titanic's Twitter post, critics warn new powers go too far

January 23, 2018 2:05 PM ET

The satirical magazine Titanic appears to have been an unlikely victim of Germany's recently adopted online anti-hate speech law, NetzDG. "We were truly surprised," the magazine's editor-in-chief Tim Wolff told CPJ, as he explained how Twitter blocked the Titanic account for 48 hours after the magazine republished a post...

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CPJ joins call for an effective investigation into murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

January 19, 2018 11:50 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a group of partner organizations to express concern over the lack of progress into the murder investigation of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Along with the journalist's family, the group of organizations calls on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe...

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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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CPJ joins call for EU to stop surveillance software going to rights abusers

January 16, 2018 2:51 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a group of human rights groups in calling on the European Parliament to vote tomorrow in favor of legislation that could prevent surveillance equipment from going to rights-abusing governments....

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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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