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Journalists in Turkey under threat


With 14 journalists imprisoned as of the end of 2015, Turkey remains among the worst jailers of journalists worldwide. Prosecutors seek multiple life sentences for Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, editor and Ankara bureau chief for the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, for publishing photos ostensibly showing weapons bound for Syria. Police arrest at least five Kurdish journalists since December. Suspected Islamic State militants assassinate Syrian journalists working from Turkey.

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CPJ concerned for safety of injured journalist trapped in Turkish city

New York, February 4, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of Rohat Aktaş, a news editor and reporter for the Kurdish-language daily Azadiya Welat, who has been trapped in the southeastern town of Cizre with a gunshot wound since January 22.

February 4, 2016 3:15 PM ET

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Turkey releases jailed Iraqi journalist

Iraqi journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool was released on bail in Turkey after spending 131 days in prison. (AP/Elena Becatoros)

Following months of advocacy by VICE News, CPJ, and other groups, Iraqi journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool was released from Turkish prison on January 5. Rasool was arrested in August along with his VICE News colleagues, Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, while they were reporting from southeastern Diyarbakir province. The three were charged with "aiding a terrorist organization."

January 30, 2016 12:00 PM ET

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Jailed Turkish journalists face multiple life sentences

Turkish journalists protest the arrest of their colleagues Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, in Ankara, November 27, 2015 (AP/Burhan Ozbilici).

New York, January 27, 2016 -- Turkish prosecutors should immediately drop all charges against Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, journalists at the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, and release them without delay, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

January 27, 2016 4:02 PM ET

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Two Kurdish journalists jailed in southeast Turkey

Istanbul, January 12, 2016--Turkish authorities should immediately release two Kurdish journalists jailed in southeast Turkey since last week and drop all charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The arrests follow the detentions of at least three other journalists working for pro-Kurdish news outlets in December.

January 12, 2016 4:58 PM ET

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For journalists fleeing Islamic State, Turkey 'is as dangerous as Syria'

Pictures of filmmaker Naji Jerf are held up at his funeral in Gaziantep in December. Syrian media activists based in Turkey say the murder of Jerf and two other journalists makes the country feels less secure. (STR/AFP)

For the past two years, activists and journalists seeking refuge from Islamic State repression in Raqqa would take sanctuary across the border in southern Turkey, setting up safe houses and offices, and darting back to Syria regularly with camera equipment and other vital supplies. But that sanctuary is now under threat.

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Turkey releases VICE News journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool on bail

Freelance journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool, pictured in 2014, is released on bail after 131 days in jail in Turkey. (AP/Elena Becatoros, File)

New York, January 5, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on bail today of VICE News journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool, and calls on authorities in Turkey to drop the terrorism charges he faces. Rasool, who was arrested in August, is banned from leaving Turkey and must report to a local police station twice a week until the court announces a ruling in his case, according to a statement by VICE News.

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From Charlie Hebdo in Paris to bloggers in Bangladesh, extremists target press

Thursday marks one year since two gunmen burst into the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and opened fire. Over the following year, CPJ documented the deaths of 28 journalists who were killed for their work by Islamic militant groups such as Islamic State and Al-Qaeda. This StoryMap charts the deadly attacks that took place in eight countries in 2015.

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Syria, France most deadly countries for the press

Of 69 journalists killed for their work in 2015, 40 percent died at the hands of Islamic militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State. More than two-thirds of the total killed were singled out for murder. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

Cartoonists Renald Luzier, left, and Patrick Pelloux at a solidarity march in Paris for their colleagues killed in the attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. In 2015, 28 journalists were killed by Islamic militants. (AFP/Eric Feferberg)

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Syrian journalist Naji Jerf shot dead in Gaziantep, Turkey

New York, December 27, 2015--Naji Jerf, editor-in-chief of the independent monthly Hentah and the maker of documentary films on the militant group Islamic State, was shot and killed in broad daylight today by unknown assailants with a silenced pistol in front of a building that houses Syrian opposition news outlets in downtown Gaziantep, Turkey, near the Syrian border, according to news reports.

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Turkey press crackdown continues with arrests of three pro-Kurdish journalists

New York, December 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Turkey to end its crackdown on the press. Since the release of CPJ's annual prison census, three journalists working for pro-Kurdish outlets have been arrested in Turkey on terror accusations, according to news reports.

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