Turkey / 2016

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 25

December 27, 2016 11:56 AM ET

Investigative reporter arrested on propaganda charges The prominent investigative journalist Ahmet Şık was arrested yesterday on allegations of spreading terrorist propaganda. Şık, who was detained in relation to his published writings and posts on social media, was also accused of "publicly humiliating the Republic of Turkey, its judicial organs;...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 18

December 19, 2016 1:42 PM ET

Court confiscates assets of 54 journalists Istanbul's 11th Court of Penal Peace court confiscated the assets of 54 journalists, media workers, and writers, saying there was a "strong suspicion" that they were followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen, whom the Turkish government accuses of maintaining a terrorist organization and...

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How CPJ researches the killing and jailing of journalists

December 15, 2016 2:34 PM ET

Who is a journalist? In the era of citizen journalism, activist journalism and now "fake" journalism, the question is not academic. The Committee to Protect Journalists has just published its annual census of journalists in prison and next week it will release its survey of killed journalists....

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Press freedom on OGP agenda as authoritarianism rises

December 12, 2016 12:34 PM ET

There was poignancy to the Paris summit of the Open Government Partnership, as leaders from government and civil society took the stage to defend a political ideology under siege: liberal democracy. French President François Hollande, who amid weak public support announced he will not seek re-election in 2017, called...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 11

December 12, 2016 10:47 AM ET

Columnist jailed pending 'insult' trial for remarks on Syria Istanbul's Ninth Court of Penal Peace this evening ordered Hüsnü Mahalli, a columnist for the leftist newspaper Yurt, jailed pending trial on charges of "insulting the president" and "insulting a board of civil servants in the course of discharging their...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 4

December 5, 2016 9:57 AM ET

Wire reporter released pending conclusion of trial Mardin's Second Court for Serious Crimes today released Zehra Doğan, a reporter for the shuttered news agency JİNHA, pending the conclusion of her trial, which began today, the pro-Kurdish Dihaber news agency reported. Police detained Doğan on July 22, and a court...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 27

November 28, 2016 12:04 PM ET

Wire reporter releasedPolice in southeastern Mardin province today released Fethi Balaman, the leftist daily newspaper Evrensel reported. Police on November 29 detained the former reporter for the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency, which the government on October 31 ordered closed by emergency decree. [December 1, 2016]...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 20

November 21, 2016 10:11 AM ET

After six months, wire reporter released pending trial Hakkari's Second Court for Serious Crimes today ordered Şermin Soydan, a reporter for the shuttered pro-Kurdish DİHA news agency, released on probation the leftist newspaper Evrensel reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 13

November 14, 2016 10:53 AM ET

Two years in prison for newspaper editor Diyarbakır's Fourth Court for Serious Crimes yesterday sentenced İsmail Çoban, responsible news editor of the Kurdish-language daily newspaper Azadiya Welat to two years and four months in prison for "propagandizing for a [terrorist] organization," the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which the Turkish...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 6

November 7, 2016 1:05 PM ET

Opposition newspaper CEO detained Police at Istanbul's Atatürk airport detained Akın Atalay, CEO of the embattled opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, as he disembarked from his flight from Berlin today, Turkey's official Anadolu News Agency reported. The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office for Press Crimes had issued a warrant for his arrest...

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