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Turkey must release French photographer Mathias Depardon

May 25, 2017 5:45 PM ET

Istanbul, May 25, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Turkish authorities to immediately free Istanbul-based French photographer Mathias Depardon, who has been held in isolation and without charge in southeast Turkey since May 8, according to media reports....

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Editor shot dead in Russia's Siberia

May 25, 2017 5:10 PM ET

New York, May 25, 2017--Russian authorities must bring to justice those responsible for the killing of Dmitry Popkov, chief editor of independent local newspaper Ton-M in Siberia, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Popkov's body was found with five bullet wounds in his backyard late last night in the...

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Azerbaijani journalist sentenced to 30 days in prison

May 24, 2017 2:09 PM ET

New York, May 24, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release freelance journalist Nijat Amiraslanov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A district court in the northwestern Azerbaijani city of Gazakh yesterday sentenced the journalist to 30 days in prison on charges of resisting police....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 21, 2017

May 22, 2017 10:51 AM ET

Two journalists arraigned, finance manager released A court in Istanbul arraigned Gökmen Ulu and Mediha Olgun, journalists for the secularist, nationalist daily Sözcü, one of the last remaining widely circulated newspapers to be consistently critical of the government, on charges of "committing a crime in the name of a...

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TV cameraman wounded in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

May 19, 2017 5:32 PM ET

Davit Atoyan, a cameraman for the independent Armenian television station Shant, was wounded in both legs on May 10, 2017 in Nagorno-Karabakh, when the Azerbaijani military opened fire on a vehicle he was in, according to media reports and his employer....

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Ukraine bans Russian media outlets, websites

May 17, 2017 10:47 AM ET

New York, May 17, 2017--Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko should immediately reverse his order obstructing at least 19 Russian media companies, four popular Russian websites, and banning at least 13 journalists from entering the country for a year, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The decree, published on the...

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Journalist and press freedom defender stabbed in Kazakhstan

May 15, 2017 2:49 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2017--Kazakh authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate yesterday's stabbing of journalist and press freedom defender Ramazan Yesergepov and should bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesergepov, who spent three years in prison for his work as an editor and...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 14, 2017

May 15, 2017 12:25 PM ET

Police search homes of opposition newspaper owner, staff Police searched the homes of the owner and three employees of the daily newspaper Sözcü, one of the last remaining large media outlets that opposes the government, the newspaper reported today....

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Ukraine expels Russian journalists trying to cover Eurovision contest

May 10, 2017 10:34 AM ET

Ukraine's state border service blocked Maria Remizova and Elena Boduen, correspondents of the Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda, and Ramil Sitdikov, a photojournalist of the Moscow-based pro-Kremlin broadcaster RT (formerly Russia Today), from entering the country, according to reports. The journalists were traveling to Ukraine to cover the Eurovision song...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 7

May 8, 2017 12:24 PM ET

Editor detained at courthouse Police in Istanbul's Çağlayan Courthouse today detained Çağlar Özbilgin, an editor for the leftist news website sendika.org, his employer reported. Özbilgin was there to attend a hearing of his trial on charges of "insulting the president," but police detained him for a separate criminal investigation...

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