Turkey / 2017

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 2, 2017

April 3, 2017 10:59 AM ET

Cumhuriyet journalists respond to indictment Cumhuriyet journalists Kadri Gürsel and Murat Sabuncu, who were listed in an indictment against the Turkish daily earlier this week, reacted to the accusations presented to the court, online newspaper Demokrat Haber and Cumhuriyet reported yesterday....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 26, 2017

March 27, 2017 10:23 AM ET

Istanbul court orders release, pending trial, of at least 19 journalists Istanbul's 25th Court for Serious Crimes today ordered the release, pending trial, of at least 19 journalists imprisoned in direct relation for their work following the July 2016 failed military coup, according to news reports. The court did...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 19, 2017

March 20, 2017 9:37 AM ET

Security forces detain reporter in southeastern Turkey Security forces in the southeastern province of Mardin today detained Dihaber reporter Murat Verim, the news agency reported. Dihaber said the arrest was part of an ongoing terrorism investigation....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 12

March 14, 2017 12:41 PM ET

Editor sentenced to nine years in prison The 7th Court for Serious Crimes in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakır yesterday sentenced Aydın Atar, former news editor for the shuttered Kurdish-language daily newspaper Azadiya Welat, to nine years, four months, and 15 days in prison on charges of "propagandizing...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 5

March 6, 2017 10:17 AM ET

Erdoğan says jailed Die Welt correspondent 'German agent,' Kurdish separatist Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on March 3 said that Deniz Yücel, the Turkey correspondent for the German newspaper Die Welt and a dual citizen of Germany and Turkey jailed in Turkey since February 14, was a "German agent"...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 26

February 27, 2017 9:47 AM ET

Shots fired at newspaper office, no one injured An unknown assailant in a moving taxi fired two shots from a handgun at the building housing the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet in Istanbul this morning, Cumhuriyet reported. A police investigation is in progress, the report said....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 19

February 21, 2017 9:56 AM ET

Detention of Die Welt Turkey correspondent complicates relations with Germany The detention of Deniz Yücel, Turkey correspondent for the German newspaper Die Welt, has complicated relations with German officials, the socialist daily Evrensel, the German news website Handelsbatt Global, and the pro-Turkish-government Daily Sabah reported. According to a February...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 12

February 14, 2017 10:31 AM ET

Publisher closes magazine for cartoon lampooning Moses The publisher of the cartoon magazine GırGır announced today that he was closing down the magazine after its publication of a cartoon depicting Moses irritating his followers wandering in the desert by talking too much and bragging about parting the Red Sea...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 5

February 6, 2017 9:09 AM ET

German court upholds partial ban on poem satirizing Erdoğan A court in the German city of Hamburg today upheld a previous court's ban on comedian Jan Böhmermann's reciting 18 of 24 verses of a poem satirizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that the comedian recited on television last year,...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 29

January 30, 2017 12:44 PM ET

Columnist investigated for referendum comments Prosecutors in Istanbul opened an investigation into Bekir Coşkun, a columnist for the pro-opposition daily newspaper Sözcü, regarding remarks he made in a column about a coming referendum on whether the constitution should be amended to increase the president's powers, Dogan News Agency reported....

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