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Ali Ünal

Ali Ünal, a columnist and lead writer for the shuttered daily Zaman, was arrested shortly after the failed coup of 2016 and later found guilty of “founding and leading an armed terrorist organization.” In late 2018, he was sentenced to 19 years and six months in prison.  Police detained Ünal at his house in the…

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U.N. tribunal offers chance for justice in Lebanese journalist attacks

New York, May 31, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the U.N. Security Council’s establishment of an international criminal tribunal empowered to prosecute individuals responsible for a series of deadly attacks against Lebanese journalists in 2005. The Security Council approved resolution 1757 on Wednesday, establishing an international criminal tribunal to prosecute the masterminds of the…

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Journalist released from prison; pleads not guilty at UN tribunal

New York, October 14, 2005—Croatian authorities released Josip Jovic from prison on Thursday after he agreed to respond to contempt charges at the Hague-based United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, according to local and international press reports. Jovic, former editor-in-chief of the Split daily Slobodna Dalmacija, traveled to Holland today and pleaded…

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Journalist arrested; facing extradition to UN war crimes tribunal

New York, October 7, 2005—A Croatian journalist was arrested Thursday and faces extradition to the Hague-based United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) after being accused of identifying a protected witness and failing to appear at a hearing on a contempt of court charge. Croatian police in the southern city of Split…

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Authorities in India continue to investigate, detain journalists amid COVID-19 pandemic

Local authorities across India filed legal notices against, questioned, or detained at least eight journalists between March 29, 2020, and May 17, 2020, amid the country’s lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, according to CPJ interviews with the journalists and media reports. According to Om Sharma, a journalist with Hindi daily Divya Himachal in…

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Cihat Ünal

Counterterrorism police in the southern province of Antalya on July 25, 2016, detained Ünal, a former reporter for the shuttered daily Zaman and Cihan News Agency, as part of a sweeping purge of journalists and others suspected of following exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen, according to press reports. The government accuses Gülen of maintaining a terrorist…

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Walid Hassan Muhammad Karaka

A martial law tribunal in June 1991 sentenced the three men and three women to 10 years in prison with hard labor for their “supporting role… in helping to publish the [Iraqi occupation] paper [Al-Nida].” The defendants reportedly were tortured during interrogation. The prosecution did not offer direct evidence to rebut the coercion defense of…

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Ali al-Omari

Ali al-Omari, the chairman of TV channel 4Shbab and a talk-show personality, is one of many prominent religious media figures swept up in Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s wide-ranging crackdown against dissent. He faces at least 30 terrorism-related charges, including "forming a terrorist youth organization," and a potential death sentence. Al-Omari was detained either on…

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Ünal Tanık

Ünal Tanık, chief editor of the news website Rotahaber, is one of several journalists imprisoned after the failed 2016 coup attempt. In 2018, he was found guilty of being a member of a terrorist organization.  Police detained Tanık in the western province of Yalova on January 17, 2017, according to press reports. The following day, an Istanbul…

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Mustafa Ünal

Mustafa Ünal, a former reporter for the shuttered daily Zaman, was arrested shortly after the failed attempted coup of 2016, and found guilty of “being a member of a [terrorist] organization.” The journalist, who denies any involvement in the coup, is serving a 10-year, six-month prison sentence.   Police detained Ünal at his home in Ankara…

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