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Turkish press face arrests, harassment

Anti-press measures in Turkey are having a devastating impact on the country's media. Journalists face harassment and prosecution over social media posts; authorities repeatedly gag coverage of sensitive issues; and reporters face detentions, raids, and investigations. Mehmet Baransu, who helped the newspaper Taraf expose the alleged Sledgehammer coup plot, is charged with obtaining secret documents. Turkey's reputation as a leading jailer of journalists improves with the release of dozens of imprisoned journalists in 2014, but doubts persist over the country's commitment to press freedom.

A press freedom rally in Ankara in 2014. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

Alerts   |   Turkey

In Turkey, photographer denied entry and freelance journalist goes on trial

Fréderike Geerdink outside a Turkish court on April 8. At the opening of her trial, a prosecutor who recently took over the case, called for the Dutch freelance journalist to be acquitted of spreading terrorist propaganda. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)

Istanbul, April 8, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Turkish authorities to improve conditions for international reporters after news reports said German freelance photographer Andy Spyra, who flew to Istanbul to cover the anniversary of the Armenian massacre, was denied entry to the country. Separately, the trial of Dutch freelance journalist Fréderike Geerdink, who is facing terrorism charges over her reporting on the Kurdish minority, began today, according to news reports.

Statements   |   Turkey

Turkish parliament passes restrictive Internet bill

New York, March 20, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed at the passage of a bill late Thursday by Turkish Parliament. The bill will allow Turkish cabinet members to ban websites deemed harmful to national security without a court order and will allow the country's telecommunications authority to impose hefty fines on websites that it believes violates the bill. The bill now awaits President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's signature.

March 20, 2015 2:43 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Turkey

Turkish journalist charged over secret documents from Sledgehammer case

New York, March 4, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Turkish authorities to release Mehmet Baransu, a columnist and correspondent for the privately-owned daily newspaper Taraf, who has been charged with obtaining secret documents and held in custody since March 1, according to news reports.

March 4, 2015 6:09 PM ET

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Letters   |   Turkey

CPJ calls on Turkish government to reverse anti-press measures

Dear Prime Minister Davutoğlu: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express alarm at a fresh wave of anti-press actions in Turkey and to ask that you use the power of your office to reverse the measures.

Alerts   |   Turkey

Turkish prosecutor indicts Dutch freelancer Fréderike Geerdink

Istanbul, February 3, 2015--A Turkish prosecutor has indicted Dutch freelance journalist Fréderike Geerdink for "making propaganda" for the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Union of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK), according to news reports. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison, news reports said.

February 3, 2015 6:05 PM ET

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Blog   |   Turkey

Hope for justice still frail in Hrant Dink's 2007 murder case

A rally demanding justice for Hrant Dink is held in Ankara on January 19 to mark the eighth anniversary of the journalist's murder. (AFP/Adem Altan)

The murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, founder and managing editor of the weekly Agos newspaper, is still under investigation in Turkey. But despite arrests last month in the eight-year-old case, Dink's family and colleagues are worried justice will still not be served.

February 2, 2015 10:41 AM ET

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After Charlie Hebdo attack, vigils, protests and publishing bans

Click on the image above to view a StoryMap of reaction to the Charlie Hebdo attack. (StoryMap/Samantha Libby)

Protests against the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were held in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East and parts of Africa over the weekend, as crowds demonstrated against the magazine's portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad, according to news reports.

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China is world's worst jailer of the press; global tally second worst on record

More than 200 journalists are imprisoned for their work for the third consecutive year, reflecting a global surge in authoritarianism. China is the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2014. A CPJ special report by Shazdeh Omari

An Egyptian protester calls for the release of freelance photographer Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, who has been imprisoned since August 2013. (AP/Amr Nabil)

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