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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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Journalist extradited from Turkey and sentenced to 10 years in Iran

December 18, 2019 11:09 AM ET

Turkish intelligence agents arrested Arash Shoa-Shargh, an Iranian journalist living in exile in Turkey, on January 5, 2018, in Van, a city near Iran’s border, a friend of the journalist, who asked not to be named to protect their safety, told CPJ on December 16, 2019....

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China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt are world's worst jailers of journalists

December 11, 2019 12:00 AM ET

For the fourth consecutive year, at least 250 journalists are imprisoned globally as authoritarians like Xi Jinping, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Mohammed bin Salman, and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi show no signs of letting up on the critical media. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser...

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‘I could be jailed at any moment’: Turkish editor in limbo over terms of prison release

December 11, 2019 12:00 AM ET

If somebody is legally under house arrest but in practice not, are they free? Semiha Şahin, an editor at the socialist Etkin News Agency (ETHA), confronts this question—and the legal ambiguity that it poses—every day. A Turkish court released the journalist under house arrest in June, pending the outcome...

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As Erdoğan visits Trump, Turkey jails more journalists

November 14, 2019 4:58 PM ET

Istanbul, November 14, 2019—Turkey must end its harassment of the press and stop jailing journalists simply for doing their job, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In the past week, Turkish authorities have jailed at least three journalists, and detained three others overnight, according to reports....

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Turkey bans critical reports on military operation in Syria, detains 2 journalists

October 10, 2019 1:42 PM ET

Istanbul, October 10, 2019 –Turkish authorities must stop censoring news reports on the country’s military incursion into Syria and detaining or harassing journalists who cover it, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ joins call to UN rights council for end to press crackdown in Turkey

September 20, 2019 1:40 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 12 other press freedom and freedom of expression organizations calling on the member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council to urge Turkey to end its repressive policies against independent reporting and free speech....

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Press freedom situation in Turkey remains highly restrictive, despite some room for very cautious optimism, joint mission finds

September 13, 2019 10:28 AM ET

This week, the Committee to Protect Journalists joined an international press freedom mission to Turkey that met with journalists, civil society, diplomats, the judiciary, and government officials. The visiting delegation voiced concern about the continued crackdown on journalists in the country and the need for the authorities to protect...

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Five staffers of Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper released from jail

September 12, 2019 3:34 PM ET

Istanbul, September 12, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed a decision by the Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals to overturn a verdict by a lower court and release five former staffers of the Cumhuriyet newspaper who have been imprisoned since April....

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