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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 20, 2017

August 21, 2017 10:46 AM ET

Detained Özgürlükçü Demokrasi employee releasedAuthorities released Hamdullah Bayram, an employee for the pro-Kurdish daily Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, who police detained August 14, the Turkish news website Dihaber reported today. According to Dihaber, Bayram was kept at a sports complex that Urfa police use as a detention center. CPJ documented how...

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Azerbaijani news agency's office raided

August 17, 2017 3:14 PM ET

New York, August 17, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should stop harassing Turan, the country's only independent news agency, and should allow it to work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ukraine expels Russian journalist

August 15, 2017 3:19 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2017--Ukrainian security and immigration authorities should remove all restrictions on Russian journalist Tamara Nersesyan's ability to report from Ukraine, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Ukrainian National Security Service (SBU) last night detained Nersesyan, a special correspondent for the Russian state broadcaster VGTRK,...

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Ukrainian press union president threatened after criticizing raid on news website

August 14, 2017 5:48 PM ET

New York, August 14, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the harassment of journalists in Ukraine and called on authorities to ensure the press can report freely, after the country's National Security Service raided the offices of a news website and a member of parliament criticized Sergiy Tomilenko,...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 13, 2017

August 14, 2017 12:10 PM ET

Court jails journalist pending trial for social media activity A court in Turkey's southeastern Mardin province ordered Mehmet Sıddık Damar, a former reporter for the shuttered, pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), jailed pending trial on charges of "propagandizing for a [terrorist] organization" in his social media posts, the news...

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CPJ calls for rigorous investigation into disappearance of journalist in Denmark

August 12, 2017 3:17 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Danish authorities to mount a rigorous, thorough investigation into the disappearance of Kim Wall, a Swedish freelance journalist who was reported missing yesterday while reporting on an amateur-built submarine that sank off the coast of Copenhagen, according to...

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Turkey arrests at least nine journalists

August 11, 2017 3:30 PM ET

New York, August 11, 2017--Turkish authorities should immediately free nine journalists police arrested yesterday on terrorism charges, and should release the dozens of journalists it has for months jailed on bogus similar charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police detained the nine after the Istanbul Chief Public...

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Spain should release journalist arrested on Turkish warrant

August 9, 2017 3:28 PM ET

New York, August 9, 2017--Spanish authorities should immediately and unconditionally release Hamza Yalçın, a writer for the monthly, leftist, Turkish magazine Odak Dergisi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Yalçın, a citizen of Turkey and Sweden, at Barcelona's El Prat airport on August 3 and now...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 6, 2017

August 9, 2017 11:23 AM ET

Police detain journalist Police detained Berivan Altan, a reporter for the news website Dihaber, at checkpoint in the southeastern province of Mersin last night because there was a warrant for her arrest, the website reported today. At the time of publication, Altan was at Mersin Courthouse waiting for a...

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Q&A: Impunity and journalist safety are priority says new OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir

August 8, 2017 12:12 PM ET

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media plays a vital role that is valued by journalists and media freedom groups for its ability to speak out in defense of press freedom in participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe....

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