Turkey / 2016

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 30

October 31, 2016 11:28 AM ET

Social media websites, WhatsApp blocked as police detain opposition leaders Turkey last night blocked access to social media websites and the text-messaging application WhatsApp as police arrested members of parliament for the opposition HDP party, including the party's co-chairs, Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yuksekdag, according to press reports....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 23

October 24, 2016 10:22 AM ET

EU Parliament urges Turkey to release journalists The European Parliament urged Turkey to release all journalists jailed without proof of their alleged involvement in the failed July 15 military coup, Hürriyet Daily News reported, based on the text of the resolution....

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CPJ, 25 other organizations call on Turkey to revoke state of emergency

October 19, 2016 2:02 PM ET

A coalition of 26 international media freedom and human rights advocacy groups, including CPJ, today called on Turkey to lift emergency measures that have resulted in the stifling of criticism and dissent; the detention of large numbers of individuals, including more than 100 journalists; and the removal of fair...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 16

October 17, 2016 9:32 AM ET

Man accused of shooting at award-winning editor freed pending trial A court in Istanbul today ordered Murat Şahin--the man accused of attempting to shoot former Cumhuriyet newspaper editor Can Dündar during a break in Dündar's trial on May 6--released pending the conclusion of his trial, Hürriyet Daily News reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 10

October 11, 2016 11:42 AM ET

Two columnists freed from jail on appeal Lale Kemal, a columnist who wrote for the dailies Taraf and Zaman, and Nuriye Akman, a columnist for Zaman, were released from prison yesterday on appeal, the English-language news blog Turkish Minute reported....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 2

October 3, 2016 9:48 AM ET

Reporter arraigned on terrorism charges for Facebook posts The Mersin Court of Penal Peace last night arraigned Cemil Uğur, a reporter for the left-wing Evrensel newspaper, on charges of "being member of a [terrorist] organization," and "propagandizing for a [terrorist] organization," his employer reported. Police held Uğur for 16...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 25

September 27, 2016 10:11 AM ET

Reporter arraigned on terrorism charges for having app on phone A court in the southern Turkish city of Isparta on September 24 arraigned Ramazan Alkan, a reporter for the pro-government, Islamist daily Yeni Akit on terrorism charges for having an app on his phone authorities believe followers of exiled...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 18

September 19, 2016 10:26 AM ET

Taraf chief editor detained hours after release Hours after his release from prison, the writer and journalist Ahmet Altan was detained again. Altan turned himself in late last night and was arrested after hearing that he was wanted by authorities, according to reports. According to a report in the...

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CPJ testifies on Turkey's press freedom record after failed coup attempt

September 14, 2016 3:59 PM ET

CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova today testified before the Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subcommittee of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, at the hearing, "Turkey after the July Coup Attempt."...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 11

September 12, 2016 11:30 AM ET

Eid holiday leaves detained writers in legal limbo, lawyers say Veysel Ok and Ergin Cinmen, lawyers for Mehmet and Ahmet Altan, two prominent writers detained four days ago, yesterday made a joint statement saying that because of the Eid holiday they could not find the responsible prosecutor or a...

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