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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 1

A screenshot from an online video feed of Turkey's NTV television station shows police detaining the man suspected of attempting to shoot Cumhuriyet journalist Can Dündar outside his trial in Istanbul, May 6, 2016.

Man attempts to shoot Cumhuriyet editor outside courthouse
A man attempted to shoot Cumhuriyet newspaper editor Can Dündar outside Istanbul's Çağlayan courthouse today, according to press reports. Dündar was unharmed, but NTV reporter Yağız Şenkal was hit and lightly injured by a stray bullet, Şenkal told NTV.

May 2, 2016 9:41 AM ET

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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)

Erdoğan says response to "sleaze" of EU's press-freedom criticism beneath his dignity
"Providing an answer to this worthlessness and sleaze would not be very appropriate for the president of Turkey," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told reporters in Croatia yesterday, responding to EU Parliament President Martin Shulz's criticisms of Turkey's crackdown on the press, the daily newspaper Hürriyet reported.

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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 10

German television satirist Jan Böhmermann poses on set in an October 13, 2013, file photo (Spiegl Ullstein Bild/Getty).

Merkel approves prosecution of German comic for insulting Erdoğan
German Chancellor Angela Merkel today told reporters the German government would allow prosecutors to act on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's request that television satirist Jan Böhmermann be prosecuted for a profane poem about Erdoğan he read on the March 31 episode of his television program.

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 13

Prosecutors preparing charges against media owner, pro-government newspaper says
Turkish prosecutors are preparing a case against media owner Aydın Doğan and his daughter, Hanzade Doğan Boyner, claiming they ran a fuel-smuggling ring, the pro-government daily newspaper Akşam said in a front-page story yesterday. Akşam said prosecutors were seeking a 23-year sentence against the businessman, whose company, Doğan Holding, owns the leading daily newspaper Hurriyet and the television channels CNN Turk and Kanal D.

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Turkish journalist arrested for posts on social media

Istanbul, February 8, 2016--Turkish authorities should immediately release Hayri Tunç, a reporter for the independent news website Jiyan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

February 8, 2016 3:07 PM ET

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Two Kurdish journalists jailed in southeast Turkey

Istanbul, January 12, 2016--Turkish authorities should immediately release two Kurdish journalists jailed in southeast Turkey since last week and drop all charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The arrests follow the detentions of at least three other journalists working for pro-Kurdish news outlets in December.

January 12, 2016 4:58 PM ET

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Turkish authorities block access to news websites

New York, July 28, 2015--Turkish authorities blocked access to at least eight news websites in Turkey on Saturday amid what the government called a counter-terrorism operation, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Turkish authorities to restore access to the websites so that Turkish citizens can access news of public interest.

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Turkish courts release eight journalists in two days

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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Pro-Kurdish reporter sentenced to jail in Turkey

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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