Turkey / 2016

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 4

September 6, 2016 12:43 PM ET

Police raid Kurdish magazine office Police raided Istanbul office of the pro-Kurdish magazine Özgür Halk today, the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA) reported. DİHA reported that the raid, which was in progress at the time of publication, was related to the magazine's feature commemorating August 15, the date the...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 28

August 29, 2016 10:30 AM ET

Government revokes press credentials for 115 journalists Turkey's General Directorate for Press, Broadcasting, and Information (BYEGM, by its Turkish acronym) -- the bureau within the prime minister's office responsible for accrediting journalists -- today revoked the credentials of 115 journalists, Turkey's official Anatolia News Agency reported. The government alleged...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 21

August 22, 2016 10:09 AM ET

Kurdish wire reporter, newspaper employee arraigned on terrorism charges A court in Turkey's eastern Van Province today arraigned Erdem Mühirci, a reporter for the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), and ordered him jailed, pending trial, on charges of "being a member of a [terrorist] organization" and "recruiting members for...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 14

August 15, 2016 10:18 AM ET

Released journalists describe beatings in custody, headline 'Resistance continues' Journalists from the pro-Kurdish daily newspaper Özgür Gündem, the pro-Kurdish DİHA news agency and broadcaster IMC TV released yesterday alleged that police beat and mistreated them in custody, Özgür Gündem reported on its website, which continues to publish despite a...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 7, 2016

August 8, 2016 11:41 AM ET

Police detain 42 employees of state broadcaster The official Anatolia News Agency reported today that police detained 42 employees of state broadcaster TRT on suspicion of affiliation with the Hizment movement, which the Turkish government alleges orchestrated a July 15 failed military coup. Anatolia did not named the detainees...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 31

August 1, 2016 11:42 AM ET

Court indicts 12 media workers on terrorism charges An Istanbul court last night indicted 12 journalists on charges of being a member of a terrorist organization -- the Hizmet movement, which the Turkish government classes as a terrorist group and alleges orchestrated a failed military coup on July 15...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 24

July 25, 2016 11:37 AM ET

At least 48 journalists detained in one week Police in Turkey detained at least 48 journalists in the past week, according to the independent news website P24 and the Twitter account of Ben Gazeteciyim, a volunteer association of Turkish journalists formed to show solidarity with their threatened colleagues. At...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 17

July 18, 2016 11:26 AM ET

Police raid and seal Meydan offices Istanbul police raided the offices of the pro-Hizmet daily Meydan at about 5 p.m. yesterday, local press reported. Police searched the offices in the Şirinevler district for three hours and confiscated documents, before sealing the building. The website of Meydan has not been...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 10

July 14, 2016 8:43 AM ET

Prosecutors interrogate journalist on suspicion of 'insulting the president' Prosecutors in Istanbul yesterday interrogated İhsan Çaralan, a columnist for the socialist daily Evrensel, on charges of "insulting the president" in connection with a May 31 article in the beleaguered, pro-Kurdish daily newspaper Özgür Gündem, Evrensel reported. Çaralan had symbolically...

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CPJ testifies on Turkey's press freedom record before House Foreign Affairs Committee

July 13, 2016 4:55 PM ET

CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova today provided written testimony at a hearing titled "Turkey's Democratic Decline," given before the Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subcommittee of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee....

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