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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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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 26, 2018

November 1, 2018 12:37 PM ET

Journalist freed pending trial An Istanbul court on October 31, ordered Ali Sönmez Kayar, a reporter for the socialist Etkin News Agency (ETHA), to be freed pending trial, the independent news website Bianet reported. Kayar, who is charged with "being a member of a [terrorist] organization," was released under...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 18

October 25, 2018 1:37 PM ET

Court sentences journalists over Özgür Gündem campaignAn Istanbul court on October 24 sentenced three journalists to jail for "insulting the president" in the now shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, the daily Evrensel reported....

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The path(s) to justice in Jamal Khashoggi's murder

October 23, 2018 3:41 PM ET

In an emotional address to Turkey's parliament today, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a savage and premeditated act and demanded that Saudi officials be brought to Turkey to stand trial. Most of the information about the investigation that has emerged has come...

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Efforts to find mastermind in murder of Malta journalist Caruana Galizia stalled

October 19, 2018 12:35 PM ET

Journalists don't typically get murdered in Western European democracies that are members of the European Union. Which is why the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta last year was so shocking, and the lack of progress on finding the mastermind so disturbing....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 11

October 18, 2018 12:42 PM ET

Journalists in court An Istanbul court on October 16 asked Interpol to issue a "red notice" warrant for the exiled journalists Can Dündar and İlhan Tanır, according to reports. Dündar and Tanır were defendants in the trial against the opposition daily Cumhuriyet, until their cases were separated from the...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 4, 2018

October 11, 2018 1:19 PM ET

Journalist sentenced to over 7 years in jail A court in the eastern Muş city on October 10 sentenced Seda Taşkın, a reporter for the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya News Agency (MA), to a total of seven years and six months in prison, her employer reported. Taşkın attended the hearing via...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 27, 2018

October 4, 2018 3:34 PM ET

Erdoğan in Germany A Turkish man wearing a "freedom for journalists" T-shirt was thrown out of a press conference between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on September 28, video from Euronews and Özgürüz showed. The man was identified as Adil Yiğit, chief editor...

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CPJ's Joel Simon speaks at Press Behind Bars panel

September 28, 2018 2:13 PM ET

Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon addressed a panel event at the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on September 28, 2018. The event highlighted global press freedom violations and the jailing of journalists in countries around the world, with a specific focus...

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