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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 23, 2017

July 25, 2017 12:05 PM ET

Police beat reporters covering fatal traffic accident İhlas News Agency (İHA) reporters Emrah Kuş and İsmail Bulut on July 23 said roughly 10 traffic policemen beat them as they tried to report on the aftermath of a traffic accident that killed two policemen, İHA reported. Kuş and Bulut filed...

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Trial of 17 Cumhuriyet newspaper employees begins in Turkey

July 24, 2017 1:44 PM ET

New York, July 24, 2017--The trial of 17 journalists, managers, and board members of the pro-opposition daily newspaper Cumhuriyet on terrorism-related charges is a further blow to press freedom in Turkey, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 16, 2017

July 17, 2017 1:01 PM ET

Germany says Turkey offered prisoner swap for jailed journalist German daily Bild cited an unnamed German diplomatic source as saying that Turkey offered to exchange imprisoned journalist Deniz Yücel for two former generals who sought asylum in Germany. Germany's foreign ministry rejected the offer, the anonymous source told Bild....

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Turkish media in exile? Think again

July 14, 2017 10:09 AM ET

Freedom is like air or water: something you appreciate only when it's gone. Freedom for Turkish journalists was never as abundant as air or water--but nor was it ever as scarce as it has become in the last year....

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A year after attempted coup in Turkey, media landscape purged of critical voices

July 13, 2017 11:30 AM ET

The history of modern Turkish politics is rife with military intervention--the army has toppled elected governments four times since Mustafa Kemal Atatürk founded the modern Turkish state in 1923, and has strong-armed them into submission countless other times. One of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's greatest accomplishments has been returning...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 9, 2017

July 10, 2017 12:08 PM ET

Police detain two journalists Police in the southern Turkish province of Hatay detained Erdoğan Alayumat and Nuri Akman, two correspondents for the pro-Kurdish news website Dihaber last night as they worked, their employer reported today. Police detained them on a complaint that they were "suspicious," according to the report....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 2, 2017

July 5, 2017 10:44 AM ET

Turkish president tells German newspaper jailed correspondent is a terrorist Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in an interview published yesterday, told the German newspaper Die Zeit that Die Welt Turkey correspondent, Turkish-German dual national Deniz Yücel, is a terrorist because he interviewed a leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 25, 2017

June 26, 2017 10:10 AM ET

BBC reporter refused entry Police at Istanbul's Atatürk Airport yesterday detained BBC reporter Jiyar Gol for five hours before putting him on a plane out of the country, the journalist wrote on Twitter. The journalist tweeted that he believes he was not allowed in the country because of his...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 18, 2017

June 21, 2017 11:09 AM ET

Prosecutor asks to reopen investigation into journalist for interview Public prosecutor Umut Tepe petitioned a Turkish court to allow him to reopen his investigation into jailed Cumhuriyet reporter Ahmet Şık on charges of producing propaganda for a terrorist organization, Cumhuriyet reported yesterday. Tepe had previously dropped charges against the...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 11, 2017

June 12, 2017 10:51 AM ET

Twelve witnesses against journalist say testimony extracted under torture Twelve out of 13 witnesses prosecutors called yesterday to testify that Nedim Türfent, a former reporter for the shuttered, pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), was a member of a terrorist organization recanted their written testimony, saying police extracted it under...

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