Turkey / 2016

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 8

May 9, 2016 9:21 AM ET

Police detain two men on suspicion of plotting attack on newspaper Police detained two men suspected of planning to attack the printing house of leading pro-government daily Sabah today, the newspaper reported. According to Sabah, suspects Hasan K and Bahri T were on a motorcycle with no license plates,...

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Turkey responds to CPJ letter on Zaman takeover, denying move is politically motivated

May 2, 2016 1:40 PM ET

When riot police stormed the Istanbul offices of Turkey's largest newspaper, the daily Zaman, on March 4 following a court-ordered takeover, the Committee to Protect Journalists sent a public letter to Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, expressing dismay at the government's actions and calling on him to uphold press freedom...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 1

May 2, 2016 9:41 AM ET

Leading Turkish journalists sentenced to five years in prisonThe Committee to Protect Journalists condemned a Turkish court's sentencing today of two journalists for the opposition daily Cumhuriyet....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 24

April 25, 2016 10:32 AM ET

Erdoğan says response to "sleaze" of EU's press-freedom criticism beneath his dignity "Providing an answer to this worthlessness and sleaze would not be very appropriate for the president of Turkey," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told reporters in Croatia yesterday, responding to EU Parliament President Martin Shulz's criticisms of...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 17

April 18, 2016 9:08 AM ET

Trial resumes for journalists facing multiple life sentences The trial of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, editor and Ankara bureau chief, respectively, of Cumhuriyet newspaper resumed behind closed doors in Istanbul today. The court today denied prosecutors' request to combine the case with another case targeting alleged supporters of...

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'Erdoğan is killing journalism,' says Today's Zaman editor forced out after takeover

April 14, 2016 5:27 PM ET

Since the Turkish daily Zaman and its English-language sister publication Today's Zaman were taken over by court-appointed trustees last month, over accusations of terrorist propaganda, the papers' journalists have witnessed riot police fill their newsrooms, the arrests of colleagues, and the loss, through resignations and dismissals, of fellow journalists....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 10

April 11, 2016 8:57 AM ET

Merkel approves prosecution of German comic for insulting Erdoğan German Chancellor Angela Merkel today told reporters the German government would allow prosecutors to act on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's request that television satirist Jan Böhmermann be prosecuted for a profane poem about Erdoğan he read on the March...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 3

April 4, 2016 9:53 AM ET

Trial of 46 journalists, media workers resumes The trial of 46 journalists and media workers arrested in December 2011 resumed in Istanbul today. CPJ attended the trial as an observer....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 27

April 1, 2016 9:35 AM ET

Erdoğan, in Washington, says not at war with press; bodyguards insult, harass journalists Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, visiting Washington, on Thursday told the American television station CNN that he and his government were "not at war with the press," in remarks broadcast after his security detail harassed, insulted,...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 20

March 21, 2016 9:17 AM ET

Istanbul court rules trial for journalists facing life sentences to be closed to public The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an Istanbul court's decision today to bar the public from the trial of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, journalists for the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet. Representatives from CPJ and...

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