Turkey / 2013

Turkish journalist abducted in Syria

December 19, 2013 4:37 PM ET

Istanbul, December 19, 2013--A Turkish journalist is the latest reporter to be abducted in Syria, where approximately 30 journalists are missing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Bünyamin Aygün, a photojournalist for the daily Milliyet, was abducted in November, but the case was not made public before this week....

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Honoring courage and defying repression

November 13, 2013 4:29 PM ET

CPJ's 2013 International Press Freedom Awards New York, November 13, 2013 -- Four outstanding journalists who have endured and defied media repression in Ecuador, Egypt, Turkey, and Vietnam will be honored with the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2013 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of courageous journalism. All...

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Honoring courage and defying repression

November 6, 2013 1:17 PM ET

CPJ's 2013 International Press Freedom AwardsNew York, November 6, 2013 -- Four outstanding journalists who have endured and defied media repression in Ecuador, Egypt, Turkey, and Vietnam will be honored with the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2013 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of courageous journalism. All have faced...

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, September 2013

September 30, 2013 5:11 PM ET

Press freedom award winners announced Four journalists--Janet Hinostroza (Teleamazonas, Ecuador), Bassem Youssef (Capital Broadcast Center, Egypt), Nedim Şener (Posta, Turkey), and Nguyen Van Hai (Dieu Cay, Vietnam)--will be honored with CPJ's 2013 International Press Freedom Awards in recognition of their courageous reporting in the face of severe reprisal.Upon receiving the...

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CPJ: Turkey Press Freedom Crisis Worsens Post-Gezi

September 16, 2013 10:00 PM ET

Ankara, September 17, 2013--Heated anti-press rhetoric, the firing of leading journalists, threats to restrict online speech, and a series of physical and legal assaults further damaged the press freedom environment in Turkey in the months following the Gezi Park protests that began last May. In a letter to Prime Minister...

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CPJ calls on Erdogan to embrace press freedom

September 16, 2013 10:00 PM ET

Dear Prime Minister Erdoğan, as an independent international press freedom advocacy organization, we are concerned about the continued press freedom crisis in Turkey.  We believe the government's failure to safeguard press freedom undermines the great strengths of your nation.

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Journalists sentenced in alleged Ergenekon plot

August 7, 2013 3:00 PM ET

Istanbul, August 7, 2013--A Turkish appellate court should overturn the convictions of numerous journalists who have been convicted in connection with Ergenekon, a broad anti-government conspiracy, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalists were convicted on flawed penal and anti-terror laws that conflate news coverage and commentary...

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Several journalists fired, forced to resign in Turkey

July 25, 2013 6:00 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that numerous Turkish journalists, including the leading columnist Yavuz Baydar, have been fired or forced to resign from news outlets in apparent retaliation for their independent coverage of anti-government demonstrations that swept the country....

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Turkish journalists detained, another beaten in Egypt

July 9, 2013 4:47 PM ET

New York, July 9, 2013--Four Turkish journalists in Egypt were briefly taken into military custody today, following an assault on another Turk on Sunday, according to news reports. Separately, an Egyptian journalist was severely beaten by Muslim Brotherhood supporters last week....

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Turkish mayor harasses BBC journalist on Twitter

June 24, 2013 2:38 PM ET

New York, June 24, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a spurious and inflammatory Twitter campaign begun Sunday by Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek against a local BBC reporter. Gökçek labeled BBC reporter Selin Girit as a traitor and a spy in apparent disagreement with the BBC's coverage of anti-government protests...

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In crackdown on dissent, Turkey detains press, raids outlet

June 20, 2013 5:14 PM ET

Istanbul, June 20, 2013--Two journalists were detained and one newsroom raided this week as Turkish authorities continued a broad crackdown on dissent, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the government to halt its obstruction of journalists seeking to cover the protests that have swept...

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Journalists detained, beaten, obstructed in Istanbul

June 17, 2013 5:15 PM ET

Istanbul, June 17, 2013--Anti-press violence intensified in Istanbul on Sunday as police aggressively sought to obstruct reporters covering demonstrations against the government, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to halt their harassment of the press....

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Turkey fines TV stations for protest coverage

June 14, 2013 1:33 PM ET

Istanbul, June 14, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Turkish state media regulator to reverse its decision to penalize four TV stations in connection with their coverage of the demonstrations that have occurred nationwide over the past two weeks....

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Several journalists targeted covering clashes in Turkey

June 6, 2013 4:55 PM ET

Istanbul, June 6, 2013--Turkish police have targeted journalists photographing law enforcement clashes with protesters in a series of attacks, detentions, and obstructions documented by the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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In Turkey, threats to restrict Internet, journalists attacked

June 4, 2013 5:45 PM ET

Istanbul, June 5, 2013--Turkish authorities should not interfere with the free flow of information online or in any other media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a senior government official suggested Internet restrictions could be in the offing. ...

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Reports of anti-press attacks amid Turkey protests

June 3, 2013 2:40 PM ET

Istanbul, June 3, 2013--The press has come under fire from both government officials and protesters amid nationwide demonstrations in Turkey, with instances of attacks, obstruction, detention, and vandalism being reported, according to news accounts and local journalists....

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Journalists hurt as police disperse Istanbul protest

May 31, 2013 2:52 PM ET

Istanbul, May 31, 2013--At least two journalists were reported injured today as Turkish police trained water cannons and tear gas on peaceful protesters in the city's central Taksim Square, according to news accounts and CPJ interviews....

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Blogger sentenced to jail for insulting prophet

May 24, 2013 11:10 AM ET

Istanbul, May 24, 2013--Turkish authorities should reverse on appeal the jail term handed down this week to a Turkish Armenian author and blogger who was convicted of insulting the Prophet Muhammad, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkish editor convicted of insulting the president

April 25, 2013 1:53 PM ET

Istanbul, April 25, 2013--An Istanbul court convicted a Turkish editor of "publicly insulting the president" and sentenced him to a conditional term of 14 months in prison, according to news reports. Ali Örnek would be jailed if he repeats the perceived offense sometime in the next five years under amendments...

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Pro-Kurdish reporter sentenced to jail in Turkey

March 13, 2013 5:05 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the jail sentence handed to a journalist in Turkey and calls on authorities to overturn the ruling on appeal....

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In Turkey, journalist freed from prison pending trial

March 12, 2013 11:17 AM ET

A court in the city of Adana released Özlem Ağuş, reporter for the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), from prison on February 25, 2013, pending a trial, DIHA reported. The journalist was imprisoned on March 6, 2012, on charges that included membership in the banned Union of Communities in Kurdistan,...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: CPJ Risk List Video

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

CPJ's Robert Mahoney identifies the 10 countries where press freedom suffered the most in 2012. They include Syria, the world's deadliest country for the press; Russia, where repressive laws took effect; Brazil, where journalist murders soared; and Ethiopia, where terror laws are used to silence the press. (3:26)...

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Attacks on the Press: Enjoying Spotlight, Shirking Accountability

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Countries hosting the Olympics assume global obligations. What if they renege? By Nina Ognianova and Kristin Jones...

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Attacks on the Press: Beyond Article 19

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

The right to news and opinion is enshrined in international law. It's not enough. By Joel Simon...

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Attacks on the Press: Misusing Terror Laws

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Governments exploit national security laws to punish critical journalists. By Monica Campbell...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Turkey

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

With 49 journalists imprisoned for their work as of December 1, Turkey emerged as the world’s worst jailer of the press. Kurdish journalists, charged with supporting terrorism by covering the activities of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party, made up the majority of the imprisoned journalists. They are charged under a...

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Attacks on the Press: Prison Census 2012: A Worldwide Roundup

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Worldwide tally reaches highest point since CPJ began surveys in 1990. Governments use charges of terrorism, other anti-state offenses to silence critical voices. Turkey is the world's worst jailer. A CPJ special report...

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Attacks on the Press: Divided, Journalists Are at Risk

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

No amount of security training can make up for a lack of professional solidarity. By Frank Smyth...

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Attacks on the Press: CPJ Risk List

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

From conflict-ridden Syria to aspiring world leader Brazil, 10 nations on a downslope. By Karen Phillips...

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Kurdish journalists, media workers released in Turkey

February 11, 2013 4:22 PM ET

Istanbul, February 11, 2013--The release of at least seven journalists and media workers from pretrial detention is a positive step toward restoring the press freedom climate in Turkey, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Several journalists jailed in new Turkish crackdown

January 22, 2013 5:14 PM ET

January 22, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey--Turkish authorities should halt their practice of jailing journalists on vague anti-terror charges and allow the local press to report freely without fear of imprisonment or harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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