Turkey / 2014

Turkish authorities target media in nationwide crackdown

December 14, 2014 1:07 PM ET

New York, December 14, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's raids on media outlets in which police detained journalists and media workers on politicized anti-state charges. Among those detained today were Ekrem Dumanlı, editor-in-chief of Zaman, one of Turkey's largest dailies, and Hidayet Karaca, chairman of the Samanyolu Broadcast...

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Letter to Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu

November 13, 2014 4:35 PM ET

In a follow up to a Committee to Protect Journalists mission to Turkey in October, which included a meeting with government officials, CPJ sends a follow up letter to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

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Letter to President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

November 13, 2014 4:09 PM ET

In a follow up to a Committee to Protect Journalists mission to Turkey in October, which included a meeting with government officials, CPJ sends a follow up letter to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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Letter to Turkey's Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ

November 13, 2014 3:47 PM ET

In a follow up to a Committee to Protect Journalists mission to Turkey in October, which included a meeting at the Justice Ministry, CPJ sends a follow up letter to Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ.

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Turkey's leaders defend press freedom record but agree to address delegation's concerns

October 3, 2014 12:00 AM ET

Ankara, October 3, 2014--In unprecedented meetings with a joint delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Press Institute, senior Turkish government officials defended their country's press freedom record while agreeing to take steps to improve conditions for journalists. The meetings, which included President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime...

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International press freedom delegation to visit Turkey

September 25, 2014 12:30 PM ET

CPJ and IPI to meet with local journalists, media experts, and government officials New York, September 25, 2014 -- A joint delegation of representatives from the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Press Institute will be in Istanbul and Ankara from September 29 to October 2 to meet with...

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Turkish prime minister publicly chastises Economist correspondent

August 8, 2014 2:23 PM ET

New York, August 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by comments made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan against a journalist on Thursday. At an election rally in southern Turkey, Erdoğan called Amberin Zaman, local correspondent for The Economist, "a shameless militant disguised under the name of a...

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Turkish prime minister sues journalist for insult on Twitter

July 18, 2014 3:46 PM ET

The state-run Anadolu news agency reported on July 10, 2014, that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asked the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office to launch a criminal investigation against Bülent Keneş, editor-in-chief of the English-language daily newspaper Today's Zaman, on charges of "insulting a public official."...

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Turkish journalist on trial for insulting prime minister

July 10, 2014 10:03 AM ET

Erol Özkoray, Turkish journalist and author, appeared in court for the third time on June 18, 2014, on charges of insulting the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his book, The Gezi Phenomenon, according to news reports. The book covered the popular anti-government protests that erupted in Turkey in 2013...

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Journalist temporarily fled Turkey after receiving death threats

July 10, 2014 10:03 AM ET

On June 23, 2014, Hasnian Kazim, a German journalist who covered Turkey for the German magazine Der Spiegel, told the daily Hürriyet that he had temporarily fled the country after receiving online death threats....

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Turkish cartoonist jailed for insulting religious leader

July 10, 2014 10:02 AM ET

On June 12, 2014, Mehmet Düzenli, a cartoonist, was taken into custody to begin serving a three-month prison term he was given after being convicted of insulting controversial religious leader and TV figure Adnan Oktar (also known as Harun Yahya) in his drawings. The daily pro-opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet reported that...

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Reporter disparaged in Turkish parliament, journalists harassed

June 3, 2014 4:13 PM ET

New York, June 3, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by today's reports that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Parliament called CNN journalist Ivan Watson a "flunky" and said the foreign press was "literally executing their duties as agents" in connection with the coverage of protests in...

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, May 2014

May 30, 2014 12:29 PM ET

CPJ's Brazil report spurs government meetings on press freedom CPJ board member María Teresa Ronderos and CPJ Senior Program Coordinator Carlos Lauría traveled to Brasilia this month to launch a new special report, "Halftime for the Brazilian press," and met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, as well as other high-level...

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Turkey releases five more journalists

May 12, 2014 1:27 PM ET

New York, May 12, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from jail today of five Turkish journalists--Nurettin Fırat, Yüksel Genç, Turabi Kişin, Ertuş Bozkurt, and Ramazan Pekgöz. The journalists were arrested in December 2011 as part of the Turkish government's crackdown on pro-Kurdish news outlets and were accused...

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Journalists released from Turkish jails pending appeal

May 9, 2014 4:05 PM ET

New York, May 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from jail on Thursday of Fusün Erdoğan, former general manager of Özgür Radyo, and Bayram Namaz, a columnist for the weekly Atılım, and urges Turkish authorities to remove restrictions on their travel and lift their prison sentences...

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CPJ calls on Turkey to address press freedom challenges

April 30, 2014 5:04 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by reports in Turkey's pro-government media that made false claims about CPJ. The reports said CPJ made a statement on April 18 saying Turkey holds only 15 journalists behind bars. CPJ did not issue a statement.  ...

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Azerbaijan jails reporter on espionage charges

April 21, 2014 5:45 PM ET

New York, April 21, 2014--A court in Baku today ordered journalist Rauf Mirkadyrov, Turkey correspondent for the independent Azerbaijani newspaper Zerkalo, to jail for three months pending trial on espionage charges after he was deported from Turkey, news reports said. ...

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UNESCO awards Ahmet Şık annual press freedom prize

April 11, 2014 1:12 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists congratulates Turkish investigative journalist and book author Ahmet Şık on being awarded UNESCO's prestigious Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The annual prize, named after slain Colombian journalist Guillermo Cano Isaza, honors a journalist or organization that "has made an outstanding...

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Turkey should reverse all anti-press measures and laws

April 9, 2014 12:41 PM ET

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: We are writing to express our concern about the Turkish government's recent steps to restrict the independent Turkish media. In the recent past, your country was hailed as a model for a region aspiring for freedom, democracy, and tolerance. But today Turkey is being criticized as a country that is drifting away from the principles and practices that define true democracy.

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, March 2014

March 31, 2014 4:16 PM ET

Pakistani PM pledges justice, journalist security to CPJ A CPJ delegation traveled to Pakistan this month and met with high-level Pakistani officials including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who pledged to continue to expand Pakistan's media freedoms and address the insecurity plaguing the country's journalists....

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Turkish courts release eight journalists in two days

March 27, 2014 4:32 PM ET

New York, March 27, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release this week of at least eight imprisoned journalists in Turkey, but calls on Turkish authorities to scrap the charges against them and release all of the journalists jailed in the country. ...

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CPJ condemns Twitter ban in Turkey

March 21, 2014 4:12 PM ET

New York, March 21, 2014--Turkey banned access to the social media platform Twitter on Friday, hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened in a public speech to shut it down, according to news reports. The move comes just ahead of March 30 elections and follows Erdoğan's threats to...

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Turkish prime minister threatens to shut down Twitter

March 20, 2014 5:38 PM ET

New York, March 20, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's threats today to close down Twitter. The threats come only days after he vowed to shut down Facebook and YouTube in Turkey. ...

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CPJ welcomes release of journalists in Turkey

March 11, 2014 5:34 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release this week of five Turkish journalists who were imprisoned after being sentenced to jail in connection with the controversial Ergenekon case. Three of the journalists--Yalçın Küçük, Deniz Yıldırım, and Merdan Yanardağ--were convicted because of their work, according to...

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Erdogan threatens to shut down YouTube, Facebook

March 7, 2014 3:06 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's threats to shut down YouTube and Facebook in order to, in the premier's words, prevent the negative impact of the Internet on society. ...

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Would-Be Repressors Brandish 'Ethics' as Justification

February 12, 2014 2:23 AM ET

Calls for journalists to exercise a sense of responsibility are very often code for censorship. Yet unethical journalism can also imperil the press. By Jean-Paul Marthoz...

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CPJ Risk List

February 12, 2014 2:20 AM ET

Surveillance, restrictive Internet legislation, and cyberattacks compel CPJ to add cyberspace to the list of places trending in the wrong direction. By Maya Taal...

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A Sliver of Hope Emerges for a More Independent Press in Turkey

February 12, 2014 1:27 AM ET

The Gezi Park protests force some independent-minded journalists to confront the media's unwillingness to take on the government. By Nicole Pope...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Turkey

February 12, 2014 1:18 AM ET

For the second year in a row, Turkey was the world's leading jailer of the press, with 40 journalists behind bars, according to CPJ's annual prison census. Authorities continued to harass and censor critical voices, firing and forcing the resignation of almost 60 reporters in connection with their coverage of...

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Press freedom deteriorates in Cyberspace, Egypt, Russia

February 6, 2014 4:48 PM ET

Risk List underlines mass surveillance, fatalities, and censorship New York, February 6, 2014--Mass surveillance programs by the U.S. and U.K., as well as restrictive Internet legislation by various governments and a wave of cyberattacks globally, are among the disturbing developments that have landed cyberspace on the Committee to Protect...

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Turkish president should veto Internet bill

February 6, 2014 11:18 AM ET

San Francisco, February 6, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Turkish President Abdullah Gül to veto the Internet bill passed Wednesday by the Turkish Parliament. The bill would grant the Turkish government unprecedented control over the Internet by allowing Web pages to be blocked without a court order, requiring...

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Three abducted journalists released in Syria

January 8, 2014 1:26 PM ET

New York, January 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the news that three abducted journalists in Syria have been freed this week. The Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed today that freelance Swedish journalists Magnus Falkehed and Niclas Hammarstrom, both of whom were abducted in November, were released. On Sunday, Turkish Foreign...

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