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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 24

A man reads Cumhuriyet newspaper in Istanbul, January 14, 2015. The newspaper said police stopped delivery trucks from leaving the printers on that date to verify that the newspaper had not republished cartoons from the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. (AP)

Prison sentences for columnists who republished Charlie Hebdo cartoons
Istanbul's Second Criminal Court today sentenced Ceyda Karan and Hikmet Çetinkaya, columnists for the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, to two years in prison each on charges of "insulting people's religious values," Cumhuriyet and and the privately owned daily newspaper Hürriyet reported. Both are free, pending appeal.

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 17

Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdoğan removes his earpiece after speaking at the Brookings Institution, in Washington, March 31, 2016 (Joshua Roberts/Reuters).

Trial resumes for journalists facing multiple life sentences
The trial of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, editor and Ankara bureau chief, respectively, of Cumhuriyet newspaper resumed behind closed doors in Istanbul today. The court today denied prosecutors' request to combine the case with another case targeting alleged supporters of exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen, whom the Turkish government accuses of maintaining a terrorist organization and "parallel state structure" within Turkey, according to press reports and the journalists' lawyers, who posted updates from the trial to the social media website Twitter. The trial is expected to resume on May 6.

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 3

Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdoğan in Cannakale, Turkey, March 18, 2016 (Photo: Khayan Ozer/Presidential Press Service/AP)

Trial of 46 journalists, media workers resumes
The trial of 46 journalists and media workers arrested in December 2011 resumed in Istanbul today. CPJ attended the trial as an observer.

Impact   |   Azerbaijan, Colombia, Turkey, UAE

CPJ turns 35, jailed journalists walk free, reporters on trial in Turkey, and more

CPJ Newsletter: April edition

Four imprisoned journalists freed in Azerbaijan

The president of Azerbaijan in March issued a decree pardoning 148 people, including three imprisoned journalists--Hilal Mamedov, Tofiq Yaqublu, and Parviz Hashimli.

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 27

Can Dündar (center) and Erdem Gül (left) speak to reporters before their trial resumes in Istanbul, April 1, 2016. (Özgür Öğret)

Erdoğan, in Washington, says not at war with press; bodyguards insult, harass journalists
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, visiting Washington, on Thursday told the American television station CNN that he and his government were "not at war with the press," in remarks broadcast after his security detail harassed, insulted, and attempted to forcibly eject critical Turkish journalists from a speaking event, according to press reports and videos posted to social media websites.

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Turkish judge rules trial for journalists facing life sentences to be closed to public

Can Dündar, left, and Erdem Gül speak to reporters before standing trial in Istanbul, March 25, 2016. (AP)

Istanbul, March 25, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an Istanbul court's decision to bar the public from the trial of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, journalists for the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet. Representatives from CPJ and other press freedom groups attended the first session of the trial today.

March 25, 2016 10:16 AM ET

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CPJ Newsletter: March edition

Landmark conviction in 2000 attack on Colombian journalist

A suspect has been convicted in the 2000 attack on Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya, pictured at left. (AFP/Dalberto Roque)

A Colombian court on February 26 convicted a former paramilitary fighter in the kidnapping and torture of Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya and sentenced him to 11 years in prison. The fighter, Alejandro Cárdenas Orozco, was also ordered to pay a fine of around US$17,500.

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CPJ calls on Turkey to drop charges against Cumhuriyet journalists

Can Dündar (right) and Erdem Gül (front left), the editor and Ankara bureau chief, respectively, of Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper, speak to reporters outside Istanbul's Silivri prison following their release from pre-trial detention early February 26, 2016 (AP/Can Erok).

Istanbul, February 26, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the conditional release today of Turkish journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, of the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, and calls on authorities to drop all charges against them. The two, who spent 92 days in pre-trial detention, still face multiple life sentences if convicted of exposing state secrets, espionage, and aiding a terrorist group for publishing reports alleging Turkey tried to smuggle weapons to Islamists in Syria.

February 26, 2016 11:43 AM ET

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Jailed Turkish journalists face multiple life sentences

Turkish journalists protest the arrest of their colleagues Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, in Ankara, November 27, 2015 (AP/Burhan Ozbilici).

New York, January 27, 2016 -- Turkish prosecutors should immediately drop all charges against Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, journalists at the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, and release them without delay, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

January 27, 2016 4:02 PM ET

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CPJ joins call for Turkey to release Cumhuriyet journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined an appeal alongside 13 other international advocacy groups, calling on Turkey to release Can Dündar, editor-in-chief of the Turkish pro-opposition daily Cumhuriyet, Erdem Gül, the paper's Ankara bureau chief, and all other journalists currently imprisoned in Turkey for their work.

December 1, 2015 1:02 PM ET

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