Europe & Central Asia

Turkey under pressure to free Rasool

CPJ and VICE News call on Turkey to release Iraqi journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool. British journalists Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury from VICE News, arrested alongside Rasool in August, are already free. At least seven journalists are in jail in Turkey, most on anti-state charges, CPJ research shows. An emergency mission by press freedom groups in October finds journalists are severely restricted as the country prepares for elections.

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Vatican City

CPJ calls on Vatican to drop charges against two Italian journalists

New York, November 23, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Vatican to drop charges against Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi. The journalists are due to face a trial Tuesday over claims they pressured a source to "obtain and publish confidential information" in their respective books alleging corruption, according to a statement by the Vatican.

Alerts   |   Turkey

In Turkey, two journalists accused of creating terrorist propaganda with social media posts

Istanbul, November 18, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrests of two reporters from pro-Kurdish news agencies on Friday. Idris Yılmaz, of Dicle News Agency, and Vildan Atmaca, of the women's news agency JİNHA, were detained in the Erciş district of Van, a city in eastern Turkey, according to reports.

Letters   |   Bulgaria

CPJ calls on Bulgaria's prime minister to ensure safety of Bivol journalists

Dear Prime Minister Borissov: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an international press freedom organization, is writing to alert you to the harassment of journalists at the independent news website Bivol. In recent weeks a reporter has been followed and his home was broken into, and the website's journalists have been warned they are at risk of retaliation for their reporting.

November 16, 2015 3:21 PM ET

Alerts   |   Turkey

Two editors at critical magazine Nokta arrested in Turkey for election coverage

Istanbul, November 4, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest of two editors in Istanbul Monday and calls on authorities to immediately release them. Cevheri Güven and Murat Çapan, of the privately owned weekly magazine Nokta, were arrested in their newsroom over a front-page cover on the results of Turkey's election, according to reports.

November 4, 2015 5:41 PM ET


Blog   |   Turkey

Report highlights Turkey's troubled press freedom record

Turkish authorities should end impunity for attacks against journalists, decriminalize insult and defamation, stop harassing critical news outlets, and release imprisoned journalists, according to "Press Freedom in Turkey's Inter-Election Period," a report published Saturday by the Vienna-based International Press Institute. Muzaffar Suleymanov, CPJ's Europe and Central Asia program researcher, contributed to the report.

Statements   |   Syria, Turkey

CPJ calls for investigation into murder of Syrian journalists in Turkey

New York, October 30, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Turkish authorities to investigate and bring to justice the murderers of two Syrian journalists found slain in an apartment in the city of Urfa in southeastern Turkey today. Ibrahim Abd al-Qader worked as the executive director and Fares Hamadi as head of the production department for Eye on the Homeland, a Syrian media collective, according to a statement on the group's Facebook page.

October 30, 2015 10:38 AM ET


Blog   |   UK

As police seize Newsnight laptop, concerns grow at reach of UK counter-terrorism measures

For journalists investigating jihadist networks, the UK is proving to be no safe haven. British police used special powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 in August to seize the laptop of Secunder Kermani, a reporter for BBC Two's flagship news show "Newsnight," according to reports. "They required the BBC to hand over communication between the BBC journalist and a man in Syria who publicly identified himself as an [Islamic State] member," BBC spokeswoman said today.

Alerts   |   Turkey

CPJ condemns Turkish raids, takeover of critical Koza İpek news outlets

Riot police force their way into the headquarters of an opposition news outlet on October 28 as Turkey forces the Koza İpek Group to replace senior managers with a government-approved board of trustees. (AP/Usame Ari, Cihan News Agency)

Istanbul, October 28, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns this week's raids on several pro-opposition media outlets belonging to the Koza İpek Group. Police broke into the company's building in Istanbul today and shut down live television broadcasts, two days after a Turkish court ordered the trustees of the privately owned company to be replaced, according to reports.

Letters   |   Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, USA, Uzbekistan

CPJ urges Kerry to call for release of imprisoned journalists in Central Asia

Dear U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to bring to your attention the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. As you prepare to head to these countries later this week, we ask that you put press freedom on the agenda of your meetings with high-level government officials.

October 28, 2015 3:54 PM ET

Alerts   |   Indonesia, UK

Two British filmmakers on trial in Indonesia over visa regulations

Neil Bonner and Rebecca Prosser are escorted into court in Indonesia on October 22. The British filmmakers are on trial for working without a journalist visa. (AFP/Iklil Faiz)

New York, October 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the continued detention and trial of two British filmmakers who have been held in Indonesia since May 28. They are being held with the general prison population in a provincial jail in Batam, according to family members.

October 22, 2015 3:52 PM ET


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