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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 25

In this July 21, 2016, file photo, a merchant reads the newspaper in Istanbul. (AP/Petros Giannakouris)

Reporter arraigned on terrorism charges for having app on phone
A court in the southern Turkish city of Isparta on September 24 arraigned Ramazan Alkan, a reporter for the pro-government, Islamist daily Yeni Akit on terrorism charges for having an app on his phone authorities believe followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen use to communicate with each other in secret, his employer reported today. The Turkish government accuses Gülen of leading a terrorist organization and "parallel state structure" within Turkey that it blames for a July 15 failed military coup. Gülen denies any role in the attempted coup.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 4

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan adjusts his earpiece at the conclusion of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, September 5, 2016. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

Police raid Kurdish magazine office
Police raided Istanbul office of the pro-Kurdish magazine Özgür Halk today, the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA) reported. DİHA reported that the raid, which was in progress at the time of publication, was related to the magazine's feature commemorating August 15, the date the banned Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) took up arms against the state. Police in the Mediterranean city of İzmir raided the magazine's office there on September 5 and arrested magazine staffer Rabia Özkaya.

Alerts   |   China

Chinese police arrest siblings of Germany-based journalist

New York, March 28, 2016 - Chinese police on Sunday arrested two brothers and a sister of journalist Zhang Ping, who lives in Germany, from his family's hometown, the journalist told CPJ. The arrests came a week after Zhang published an article decrying the disappearance of another Chinese journalist. Zhang told the Committee to Protect Journalists that he believes police arrested his siblings in retaliation for his work.

Case   |   China

Jailed Chinese journalist Gao Yu released early on medical parole

Gao Yu, a veteran Chinese journalist and contributor to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, was released on medical parole on November 26, 2015, after being imprisoned for more than 580 days, according to news reports.

Blog   |   China

As editor-informant Li Xin disappears, journalists share their experiences with China's security services

Li Xin talks to the AP over Skype in November. The journalist, who says he worked as an informant for Chinese authorities, went missing on January 10. (AP/Saurabh Das)

The case of Li Xin, a journalist who disappeared in Thailand in January after telling the international press in November he had fled China after being forced to work for years as a government informant, has shed light on the pressures some journalists face to provide information to the authorities.

Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian journalist threatened for alleging rape at a boys' school

Abuja, Nigeria, October 30, 2015--A radio journalist told the Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday that he had been threatened by three men after he reported on the alleged rape of students in a boys' school in Nigeria's northern city of Kano.

Blog   |   China

Chinese journalist Gao Yu is missing

Gao Yu (VOA)

On April 15, 1989, Hu Yaobang died. Hu had been general secretary of the Communist Party from 1982 to 1987, and recognized for his leanings toward economic reform in China. His death led to demonstrations around China, some of them in Tiananmen Square. On June 4, 1989, Tiananmen became the focus of the government's wrath, and in the intersections of the broad streets around the plaza, the government cracked down brutally. Since then, it has been a government tradition to start cracking down on protesters, critics, and dissidents before April 15, and this year is no different. China watchers say the strictures have already begun with warnings to some and detentions for others. I checked with foreign journalists over the weekend, and they say they're aware of the crackdowns, but are not feeling any heat themselves. Yet.

Letters   |   Togo

Togo must investigate, discipline security officers

New York, May 14, 2012- Togolese authorities should ensure that security forces allow journalists to do their jobs and that officers involved in acts of abuse are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists stated in a letter to Togo's security minister.

Alerts   |   Togo

In Togo, police assault journalists, confiscate equipment

Police spray tear gas at protesters Friday at Togo's Independence Plaza. (ANC Togo)

New York, April 30, 2012--Togolese police attacked and confiscated the equipment of two journalists filming an anti-government march in the capital, Lomé, on Friday. Civil society activists and human rights advocates had gathered for the demonstration on the occasion of Togo's 52nd Independence Day, local journalists said.

Blog   |   CPJ, Germany, Security

Subjectivity, advocacy in covering human rights

The tension between objective news reporting and advocacy was the subject of the final plenary panel that I moderated last week at the Global Media Forum in Bonn. Sponsored by Germany's multi-language, government broadcast agency, Deutsche Welle, the three-day conference brought together journalists and experts from every continent to address but not necessarily resolve the media's role in covering human rights abuses.

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