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Journalists attacked in Turkey since 1992

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For Turkish journalists, fear of contracting COVID-19 competes with fear of arrest

April 1, 2020 1:58 PM ET

Journalist Evrim Kepenek works in Istanbul as the women and LGBTI+ news editor for the independent news website Bianet. Like most people, she works from home these days, but she is also a street reporter who recently observed twin fears among the Turkish public: getting infected with COVID-19 and...

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Turkey indicts 20 Saudi nationals over Jamal Khashoggi killing

March 25, 2020 12:30 PM ET

New York, March 25, 2020 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed an announcement that Turkish officials have indicted 20 Saudi nationals on charges of murder and incitement linked to the 2018 killing of exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and issued the following statement:...

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CPJ joins calls on Turkey to lift ad ban on Evrensel daily

March 16, 2020 9:55 AM ET

CPJ joined the International Press Institute, Reporters Without Borders, the Journalists Union of Turkey, the European Federation of Journalists, and 20 other Turkish and international groups in a joint letter today calling for Turkey’s Press Ad Agency, the state regulator of government advertisements in print media, to lift its...

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Turkey arrests 4 more journalists for covering intelligence officer death

March 9, 2020 4:25 PM ET

Istanbul, March 9, 2020 -- Turkish authorities should immediately release Barış Pehlivan, Murat Ağırel, Ferhat Çelik, and Aydın Keser, and all other journalists in custody for their reporting, and drop any charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey detains 2 Odatv journalists for naming intelligence officer killed in Libya

March 4, 2020 2:45 PM ET

Istanbul, March 4, 2020 -- Turkish authorities should immediately release journalists Barış Terkoğlu and Hülya Kılınç and drop any charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists covering refugee movements in Turkey detained, jailed

March 2, 2020 4:19 PM ET

Istanbul, March 2, 2020 -- Turkish authorities should allow journalists to cover refugee movements and other important events of public interest without fear that they will be detained or imprisoned, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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'The goal is to make us stop writing’: Turkish journalists on attacks and threats

February 25, 2020 3:07 PM ET

Eight months after he was attacked outside his Ankara home with baseball bats, Yavuz Selim Demirağ still has trouble sleeping. “The worry of suffering another attack at any minute messed with my psychology. Sometimes I feel like I am being followed,” the Turkish journalist said. “In the end, the...

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CPJ joins call for Turkish authorities to lift advertising ban on leftist dailies

February 7, 2020 9:51 AM ET

CPJ joined representatives from the International Press Institute, Reporters Without Borders, the Journalists Union of Turkey, and the European Federation of Journalists yesterday in a joint statement calling for Turkey’s Press Ad Agency, the state regulator of government ads in print media, to lift its ban on advertising in...

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Turkish authorities cancel press passes for hundreds of journalists

January 24, 2020 12:30 PM ET

Istanbul, January 24, 2020 -- Turkish authorities should restore the recently cancelled press cards of hundreds of reporters, and establish a transparent and impartial process for obtaining press passes, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Turkey, reporting is a daily struggle

December 26, 2019 11:11 AM ET

Turkey is notorious as a leading jailer of journalists worldwide, a fact that can overshadow the other problems for its press. Alongside the risk of arrest, journalists must contend with daily interference. From police denying reporters access to courtrooms, arbitrarily moving them on or forcing them to leave certain...

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