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A campaign billboard for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), pictured in Ankara on March 8. Police on March 19 detained a reporter and questioned her about her work in the capital. (AFP/Adem Altan)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 17, 2019

Evrensel journalist acquitted over Paradise Papers charge An Istanbul court on March 19 acquitted Çağrı Sarı, the former responsible news editor for the leftist daily Evrensel, of insult and libel, her employer reported. The case focused on Evrensel’s coverage of the Paradise Papers in April, which alleged that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law, Berat Albayrak,…

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Barış Yarkadaş, the CHP party parliamentary deputy and a former chief editor of the online newspaper Gerçek Gündem, pictured outside the Cumhuriyet office in Istanbul in October 2016. Yarkadaş is convicted of violating privacy. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 2, 2019

Court convicts parliamentary deputy and editor Barış Yarkadaş An Istanbul court on February 7 convicted Barış Yarkadaş, the parliamentary deputy for the main opposition party CHP and former chief editor of the online newspaper Gerçek Gündem, of “violating the secrecy of private life” and handed him a suspended 10-month prison sentence, the news website Gazete…

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A view of the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul on January 28. Journalist Ayşe Düzkan has started serving an 18-month prison sentence in an Istanbul prison over her participation in the Özgür Gündem solidarity campaign. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 28, 2019

Düzkan starts jail term for Özgür Gündem campaignJournalist Ayşe Düzkan started serving an 18-month prison sentence in Bakırköy Women’s Prison in Istanbul on January 29 over her participation in a solidarity campaign with the daily newspaper Özgür Gündem, the independent news website Bianet reported. A court sentenced Düzkan in November. Before turning herself in, Düzkanb…

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This photo of Hugo Bustíos Saavedra was taken minutes before he was killed. Daniel Urresti Elera has been on trial for his alleged role in the murder. (Caretas)

Peru mayoral candidate Daniel Urresti acquitted of Hugo Bustíos murder

Medellín, October 4, 2018–Peru’s National Criminal Chamber today acquitted former interior minister and current mayoral candidate Daniel Urresti of murder charges for the 1988 killing of war correspondent Hugo Bustíos, according to news reports. A lawyer for the Bustíos family said they would appeal, the reports said.

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German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel, pictured with his wife Dilek before the M100 media awards in Potsdam on September 18. A Turkish court this week rejected a compensation case for Yücel's wrongful arrest over his year-long detention. (AFP/John MacDougall)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 20, 2018

Journalists jailed Police on September 24 briefly detained and questioned Ergün Demir, chief editor of Akatos Haber, a local news website in northwestern Kocaeli province, the leftist daily Birgün reported.

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Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, pictured with his mother Aminath Easa, went missing on August 8, 2014. (Ya'sha Adnan)

Maldives acquits two men accused of abducting missing reporter Rilwan

New York, August 3, 2018–A Maldives criminal court yesterday acquitted two men accused of abducting Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, a reporter for the news website Minivan News, who has been missing since August 2014, according to news reports. The court found Alif Rauf and Mohamed Nooradeen not guilty of forcing Rilwan into a car at knife-point,…

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Pakistani journalist Hafiz Husnain Raza (center with garland) was released on bail March 10, 2018. (Hassaan Raza)

Pakistan releases journalist on bail

New York, March 12, 2018 –The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomes the release on bail of Pakistani journalist Hafiz Husnain Raza and calls on Pakistani authorities to drop all remaining charges against him. Authorities released Raza from prison on March 10 after an Anti-Terrorism Court in Punjab province acquitted the journalist on eight charges…

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A view of the historical old city of Istanbul in December 2017. A court in the city has ordered three Zaman employees to be released for the duration of their trial. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 11, 2017

Media workers released An Istanbul court on December 8 ordered three employees from the advertisement department of the now shuttered daily Zaman–Hüseyin Belli, Onur Kutlu and İsmail Küçük–to be freed pending trial, the English-language news blog Turkish Minute reported. The three are part of a trial that started in September 2017 which, as CPJ previously…

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