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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 9, 2018

July 12, 2018 2:31 PM ET

Journalist released Authorities in the eastern city of Elazığ on July 9 released from custody journalist Şerife Oruç, who is on trial for terrorism-related charges, the news website Gazete Karınca reported. Her trial is ongoing....

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Tajik journalist sentenced to 12 years after alleging official corruption

July 11, 2018 12:33 PM ET

New York, July 11, 2018--A Tajik court today found independent journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov guilty of embezzling and misusing state fund and false reporting to police and sentenced him to 12 years in a high-security prison, according to media reports and the journalist's friends with whom CPJ spoke. The Committee...

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Azerbaijani journalist detained, whereabouts unknown

July 10, 2018 5:11 PM ET

New York, July 10, 2018--Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release independent journalist Afgan Sadygov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police first detained Sadygov, the founder and chief editor of now-defunct independent news website Azel, on July 6, according to his wife Sevinch Sadygova, who spoke to CPJ today....

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Belarusian journalist to go on trial

July 6, 2018 5:33 PM ET

Kiev, July 6, 2018--Belarusian authorities should immediately release journalist Dzmitry Halko and drop all the charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Halko, also known as Dmitry Galko, is scheduled to be tried by a Minsk court on July 10 on charges of assaulting a police...

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Turkish court hands heavy sentences to Zaman journalists

July 6, 2018 3:38 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2018--Turkish authorities should drop all charges against six journalists who worked for the now-shuttered Zaman daily newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalists were found guilty today by a court in Istanbul and handed heavy prison sentences, BBC Türkçe and the daily...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 2, 2017

July 5, 2018 4:29 PM ET

Journalists released An Istanbul court on June 27 released Mehmet Altan from Istanbul's Silvri prison pending an appeal of his conviction and life sentence, according to agency reports....

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Russian Duma committee OKs legislation to label individual journalists 'foreign agents'

July 3, 2018 5:53 PM ET

New York, July 3, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Russian authorities to refrain from labeling individual bloggers and journalists as foreign agents. The State Duma's information and communication committee today approved legislation that would allow authorities to label private persons as foreign agents if they work...

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Russia charges independent journalist with terrorism offenses

June 26, 2018 4:57 PM ET

Russian journalist Viktor Korb on May 16 was charged by authorities in the Russian town of Omsk, in southwestern Siberia, for transcribing and publishing a 2015 speech that a Kremlin critic gave at his trial. Korb on June 26 told the Committee to Protect Journalists that he remains unable...

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CPJ condemns attacks on outlets in the Netherlands

June 26, 2018 11:55 AM ET

New York, June 26, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an attack on De Telegraaf, one of the Netherlands' biggest national newspapers, which came five days after an anti-tank rocket was fired at the offices of the publisher of the weeklies Panorama and Nieuwe Revu, according to news...

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Serbian government accuses journalist of false reporting abduction

June 25, 2018 6:08 PM ET

On June 15, 2018--Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić announced on June 15 that freelance journalist Stefan Cvetković was found unharmed. Local news outlets had reported, citing police and witnesses, that he went missing on the evening of June 13 in the town of Bela Crkva, some 100 kilometers east of...

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