Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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Bewildering Odatv trial continues in Istanbul

September 20, 2012 5:31 PM ET

In Istanbul, the trial of several suspects in the case of Odatv, an ultranationalist website harshly critical of the government, continues to great consternation. When the case began in early 2011, a dozen journalists were charged, 10 of whom...

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Erdoğan tells media not to cover Kurdish conflict

September 12, 2012 5:02 PM ET

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey is known to lash out publicly at journalists of whose coverage he disapproves. He has called on media owners and editors to discipline reporters and columnists critical of his policies, particularly when...

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Turkey must lift ban on pro-Kurdish daily

March 26, 2012 2:44 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by the one-month suspension of pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, and calls on the Turkish government to allow the newspaper to function. ...

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Turkey's jailed journalists

March 12, 2012 9:50 AM ET

The New Yorker speaks of Turkey's imprisonment of journalists as one of the worst in the world in its online blog, Daily Comment, with commentary from CPJ's Executive Director Joel Simon on the situation.  Click here for the full story  ...

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Turkish prime minister distorts state of press freedom

March 7, 2012 2:34 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed by the Turkish prime minister's repeated use of CPJ statistics to misrepresent and undermine the serious repression faced by journalists in Turkey....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Turkey's Legal Problem

February 21, 2012 11:19 PM ET

With the aid of anachronistic legislation and a rigid judiciary, Turkish officials and politicians have curbed free expression by subjecting journalists to endless court proceedings and legal costs. The EU and the U.S. are no help. By Robert Mahoney...

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Responding to Turkey's appalling press freedom record

December 23, 2011 10:36 AM ET

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would like to take credit for Turkey's economic growth and increasing regional influence, but when challenged on his country's abysmal  press freedom record he tends to blame others, including the media itself which, he...

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CPJ condemns journalist arrests in Turkey

December 22, 2011 9:41 AM ET

Prime Minister Erdoğan: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to condemn the arrests of as many as 29 journalists in raids on Tuesday as well as the ongoing media repression that has earned Turkey a reputation as one of the world's worst press freedom violators and done grave damage to the consolidation of Turkish democracy.

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Several tallies, one conclusion on Turkish press freedom

December 8, 2011 4:13 PM ET

Press freedom in Turkey is under assault. Thousands of criminal cases have been filed against reporters, the Criminal Code and Anti-Terrorism Act are used routinely to silence critical news coverage, and Kurdish journalists face constant persecution. Today CPJ released its...

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