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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 15, 2017

October 16, 2017 12:54 PM ET

Court releases journalist from custody, trial ongoing A Turkish court yesterday released Mehmet Çakmakçı, a reporter for the website Medyascope, from prison for the duration of his trial, according to local press reports....

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Two-fold risk for Serbia's women journalists as attackers target their work and gender

October 12, 2017 12:06 PM ET

"In the past five years I was publically called many things. I was an old hag, a sterile, cheap Soros' prostitute, a hooker, not f***ed enough, in need of a good prick, and destroyer of the Serbian Orthodox Church," said Tatjana Vojtehovski, a Serbian television journalist with a large...

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Press at risk as EU-based companies export surveillance software to hostile regimes

October 10, 2017 6:02 PM ET

In August, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen told the daily newspaper Information that the government had authorized sales of online surveillance software to several Middle Eastern countries. While acknowledging the potential for human rights violations that could result from the use of these tools, the minister said that Denmark...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 8, 2017

October 10, 2017 12:25 PM ET

Two media workers released from state custody, trial ongoing A Turkish court yesterday released Şirin Çoban and İlker İlkan, two employees of the shuttered Kurdish-language daily Azadiya Welat, from state custody during their first trial hearing, according to the online newspaper Gazete Karınca. The trial is ongoing....

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Russia and former Soviet states emboldened by declining press freedom in US, Europe

October 4, 2017 3:30 PM ET

Receding media freedom in established European democracies and in the United States has emboldened authoritarian governments in Russia and other former Soviet countries to crack down on independent voices at home. I am sharing this information today with the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe-known as the Helsinki...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 1, 2017

October 2, 2017 11:32 AM ET

Turkish court banned coverage of alleged police beating incident A local Turkish court yesterday moved to ban news coverage of a story about two policemen allegedly beating a woman on the street in the southern coastal city of Alanya, the online newspaper Diken reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 24, 2017

September 25, 2017 10:32 AM ET

Spain releases Turkish journalist arrested on Ankara's request Spanish authorities yesterday released the leftist writer Hamza Yalçın, who they had arrested in August at the request of the Turkish government, according to the daily Evrensel....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 17, 2017

September 18, 2017 12:52 PM ET

Istanbul officials cancel press freedom award ceremony Officials in Istanbul today canceled a press freedom awards ceremony, according to the anti-censorship platform Susma....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 10, 2017

September 11, 2017 11:21 AM ET

Court orders four Cumhuriyet managers and journalists to remain in custody for trial A Turkish court remanded four members of the Cumhuriyet newspaper yesterday who are on trial for terrorism-related charges, according to reports from their employer and Reuters....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 3, 2017

September 6, 2017 12:42 PM ET

Columnist's passport returned Turkish authorities on September 7 returned Aslı Erdoğan, a former advisory board member of the shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem and a frequent columnist, her passport, according to the Hürriyet Daily News website, which cites Erdoğan's lawyer....

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