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Turkey arrests, closures, censorship persist

The government closes more than 100 broadcasters, newspapers, magazines, publishers, and distribution companies and detains more than 100 journalists and media workers over the space of a month. Courts and regulators censor at least 30 news-related websites. Security forces raid and shutter two newspapers' offices, and the prime minister's office revokes the press credentials of at least 330 journalists. CPJ press freedom awardee Can Dündar resigns his editorship and goes into exile.
Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 4
Timeline: Erdoğan vs. the press
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Alerts   |   Turkmenistan

Radio journalist arrested, beaten in Turkmenistan

Presidential guards stand guard at the Oguzkhan Presidential Palace in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, November 3, 2015. (Reuters)

New York, December 6, 2016--Turkmen authorities should release radio journalist Khudayberdy Allashov and cease retaliating against journalists with trumped-up charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police in the Dashoguz region of northern Turkmenistan on December 3 arrested Allashov, a contributor to the U.S.-government-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Turkmen service, and charged him with possessing a banned substance. His employer learned about the incident yesterday.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 4

Journalists and activists march for press freedom in Ankara, March 19, 2011. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

Wire reporter released pending conclusion of trial
Mardin's Second Court for Serious Crimes today released Zehra Doğan, a reporter for the shuttered news agency JİNHA, pending the conclusion of her trial, which began today, the pro-Kurdish Dihaber news agency reported. Police detained Doğan on July 22, and a court arraigned her on terrorism charges on July 24, CPJ reported at the time.

Impact   |   Ecuador, El Salvador, India, Turkey

CPJ Highlights: December edition

Today is #GivingTuesday!

Please include CPJ in your plans for #GivingTuesday. For more on how CPJ upholds press freedom around the world, visit our website at cpj.org.

November 29, 2016 3:45 PM ET

Alerts   |   Tajikistan

Tajikistan suspends accreditation of six radio journalists

New York, November 28, 2016―Tajik authorities should immediately reinstate the accreditation of six radio journalists suspended following a broadcaster's refusal to remove a story from its website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 27

Can Dündar, the exiled editor of Cumhuriyet newspaper, is pictured in Berlin, November 4, 2016.(Reuters/Axel Schmidt)

Wire reporter released
Police in southeastern Mardin province today released Fethi Balaman, the leftist daily newspaper Evrensel reported. Police on November 29 detained the former reporter for the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency, which the government on October 31 ordered closed by emergency decree.

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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 20

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addresses farmers in Ankara, November 14, 2016. (Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Service/Pool/AP)

After six months, wire reporter released pending trial
Hakkari's Second Court for Serious Crimes today ordered Şermin Soydan, a reporter for the shuttered pro-Kurdish DİHA news agency, released on probation the leftist newspaper Evrensel reported.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 13

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gestures during an interview in New York, September 20, 2016. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)

Two years in prison for newspaper editor
Diyarbakır's Fourth Court for Serious Crimes yesterday sentenced İsmail Çoban, responsible news editor of the Kurdish-language daily newspaper Azadiya Welat to two years and four months in prison for "propagandizing for a [terrorist] organization," the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which the Turkish government classifies as a terrorist group.

Alerts   |   Russia

Chechen court to hear reporter's appeal of conviction on retaliatory charges

New York, November 11, 2016--Chechen authorities should drop all charges against Zhalaudi Geriyev, a contributor to the independent regional news website Kavkazsky Uzel, and unconditionally release the journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Chechen Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Geriyev's appeal on November 15, according to his editor.

November 11, 2016 1:54 PM ET

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Impact   |   Pakistan, Turkey, USA

CPJ Highlights: November edition

Note to our readers: CPJ plans to intensify our documentation of press freedom violations in the United States, following the election on November 8, 2016, of Donald Trump as president. During his campaign, Trump verbally attacked journalists, restricted access, threatened lawsuits, and promised to make legal action against the media easier under his administration.

We will have more details in next month's edition.

November 11, 2016 11:56 AM ET

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 6

Supporters of Cumhuriyet newspaper protest police's October 31, 2016, raid of the newspaper's office in Istanbul. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Opposition newspaper CEO detained
Police at Istanbul's Atatürk airport detained Akın Atalay, CEO of the embattled opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, as he disembarked from his flight from Berlin today, Turkey's official Anadolu News Agency reported. The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office for Press Crimes had issued a warrant for his arrest in the scope of authorities' investigation into the newspaper on charges of producing propaganda for two rival groups the Turkish government lists as terrorist organizations: the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and what the government calls the Fethullah Gülen Terror Organization (FETÖ).

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