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At least 7 journalists arrested throughout Turkey

August 21, 2019 12:00 PM ET

Istanbul, August 21, 2019 – Turkish authorities must immediately release the seven journalists who were detained by police since August 19, as well as all journalists jailed for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkish court orders service providers to block access to news sites

August 6, 2019 4:05 PM ET

Istanbul, August 6, 2019--An Ankara court on July 16 ordered Turkish internet service providers to block access in Turkey to 136 web addresses, independent news website Bianet reported today. The blocked addresses include the websites of news outlets Bianet, ETHA news agency, Halkın Sesi TV, Özgür Gelecek, osp.org, geziyisavunuyoruz.org,...

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Turkish court sentences documentary filmmakers to 4 and a half years

July 19, 2019 3:07 PM ET

Istanbul, July 19, 2019--Documentary filmmakers Ertuğrul Mavioğlu and Çayan Demirel, directors of the 2015 documentary movie "Bakur" ("North"), about the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), were sentenced to four years and six months in prison yesterday for "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization" by a court in the southeastern...

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Report by Turkish pro-government think tank criticizes foreign outlets, journalists

July 9, 2019 3:20 PM ET

On July 5, 2019, Turkey's Foundation for Political, Economic, and Social Research, an Ankara-based think tank, released a report that described some foreign media outlets operating in Turkey and their correspondents as "anti-government" and "pro-terrorism."...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 23, 2019

June 27, 2019 12:15 PM ET

'Insult' trial for Free Journalists Initiative spokesperson Hakkı Boltan, a spokesperson for the Free Journalists Initiative (ÖGİ), is due to stand trial in Diyarbakır on charges of "insulting the president" and "insulting a public servant because of their duty," the news website Gazete Karınca reported. The charges are related...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 16, 2019

June 20, 2019 4:03 PM ET

Journalist turns himself in, released the same day Yavuz Selim Demirağ, a columnist for the nationalist daily Yeni Çağ who was attacked by a group of men who beat him with baseball bats in May, was released from prison under judicial control around midnight the day he turned himself...

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Turkey charges Bloomberg reporters with undermining the economy

June 14, 2019 2:38 PM ET

New York, June 14, 2019 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the decision by Turkey's judiciary to charge two Bloomberg reporters over their coverage of the Turkish economy....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 9, 2019

June 13, 2019 2:19 PM ET

Journalist in jail for insulting presidentOn June 13, Yavuz Selim Demirağ, a columnist for the nationalist daily Yeni Çağ, started an 11-month and 20-day prison sentence for "insulting the president," according to his column published the same day. The column featured an update from the newspaper that said that...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 2, 2019

June 6, 2019 2:01 PM ET

German journalist accused of insulting president A prosecutor in Ankara has started an investigation into German journalist Süheyla Kaplan who is accused of "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and terrorism propaganda, Deutsche Welle reported. Evidence cited against the journalist includes a political cartoon of the Turkey's president that she...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 26, 2019

May 30, 2019 1:13 PM ET

More journalists beaten in Turkey On May 25, three men beat Selahattin Önkibar, a columnist for the ultranationalist opposition news website Odatv, near his house in Ankara, the leftist daily Evrensel reported. Önkibar is the fifth journalist to be attacked in Turkey this month, in apparent retaliation for their...

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