Turkey under pressure to free Rasool

CPJ and VICE News call on Turkey to release Iraqi journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool. British journalists Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury from VICE News, arrested alongside Rasool in August, are already free. At least seven journalists are in jail in Turkey, most on anti-state charges, CPJ research shows. An emergency mission by press freedom groups in October finds journalists are severely restricted as the country prepares for elections.

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Alerts   |   Turkey

In Turkey, two journalists accused of creating terrorist propaganda with social media posts

Istanbul, November 18, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrests of two reporters from pro-Kurdish news agencies on Friday. Idris Yılmaz, of Dicle News Agency, and Vildan Atmaca, of the women's news agency JİNHA, were detained in the Erciş district of Van, a city in eastern Turkey, according to reports.

Alerts   |   Turkey

Two editors at critical magazine Nokta arrested in Turkey for election coverage

Istanbul, November 4, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest of two editors in Istanbul Monday and calls on authorities to immediately release them. Cevheri Güven and Murat Çapan, of the privately owned weekly magazine Nokta, were arrested in their newsroom over a front-page cover on the results of Turkey's election, according to reports.

November 4, 2015 5:41 PM ET


Blog   |   Turkey

Report highlights Turkey's troubled press freedom record

Turkish authorities should end impunity for attacks against journalists, decriminalize insult and defamation, stop harassing critical news outlets, and release imprisoned journalists, according to "Press Freedom in Turkey's Inter-Election Period," a report published Saturday by the Vienna-based International Press Institute. Muzaffar Suleymanov, CPJ's Europe and Central Asia program researcher, contributed to the report.

Statements   |   Syria, Turkey

CPJ calls for investigation into murder of Syrian journalists in Turkey

New York, October 30, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Turkish authorities to investigate and bring to justice the murderers of two Syrian journalists found slain in an apartment in the city of Urfa in southeastern Turkey today. Ibrahim Abd al-Qader worked as the executive director and Fares Hamadi as head of the production department for Eye on the Homeland, a Syrian media collective, according to a statement on the group's Facebook page.

October 30, 2015 10:38 AM ET


Alerts   |   Turkey

CPJ condemns Turkish raids, takeover of critical Koza İpek news outlets

Riot police force their way into the headquarters of an opposition news outlet on October 28 as Turkey forces the Koza İpek Group to replace senior managers with a government-approved board of trustees. (AP/Usame Ari, Cihan News Agency)

Istanbul, October 28, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns this week's raids on several pro-opposition media outlets belonging to the Koza İpek Group. Police broke into the company's building in Istanbul today and shut down live television broadcasts, two days after a Turkish court ordered the trustees of the privately owned company to be replaced, according to reports.

Impact   |   Ethiopia, Peru, Tunisia, Turkey

CPJ newsletter: October 2015

CPJ advocacy vital in release of imprisoned journalists in Ethiopia

Members of the Zone 9 blogging group. (Endalkachew H/Michael)
October 28, 2015 11:33 AM ET

Blog   |   Turkey

Joint mission finds Turkish journalists under severe pressure

Pressure on journalists in Turkey has severely escalated since parliamentary elections on June 7, restricting the media's ability to report on matters of public interest, according to press freedom groups who conducted a joint international emergency mission to the country this week. Ahead of fresh elections on November 1, the group said that if the pressure continues, it is likely "to have a significant, negative impact on the ability of voters in Turkey to share and receive necessary information, with a corresponding effect on Turkey's democracy."

Blog   |   Turkey

CPJ and VICE News call on Turkey to #FreeRasool

It has been more than seven weeks since Iraqi journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool was arrested in Turkey alongside Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, two British journalists from VICE News. But whereas Hanrahan and Pendlebury were released a week later, Rasool is still behind bars.

Statements   |   Turkey

CPJ calls for charges to be dropped against Turkish editor

New York, October 14, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison of Bülent Keneş, editor-in-chief of the English-language daily Today's Zaman, who was arrested on Friday on charges of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Twitter. The daily reported today that the İstanbul 7th Penal Court of Peace ordered Keneş to be released pending trial, but barred him from traveling abroad. Keneş will have to register every Sunday with the local police station.

Statements   |   Turkey

CPJ condemns Bülent Keneş's arrest in Turkey

New York, October 9, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces today's arrest in Istanbul of Bülent Keneş, the editor-in-chief of the English-language daily newspaper Today's Zaman. Keneş was taken from his office by police after İstanbul 5th Penal Judge of Peace Cevdet Özcan issued the warrant for his arrest on charges of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a series of tweets, according to local press reports.

October 9, 2015 6:13 PM ET


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