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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 15

A phone showing a Twitter error message in 2014. A member of Turkey's opposition party claims police are monitoring social media users as part of a planned crackdown. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

Two journalists arrested in separate cases

Ünal Tanık, the former editor-in-chief of the shuttered news website Rota Haber, was detained in the northwestern city of Yalova today, the daily Hürriyet reported. Tanık was wanted as part of the government's post-attempted coup investigation for allegedly "being a member of an armed terrorist organization," meaning the terrorist organization FETÖ/PDY that Turkey accuses the exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen of maintaining. Police received a tip as to where the journalist was hiding, according to Hürriyet. Tanık will be transferred to Istanbul.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 1

Broken glass scatters across the inside of a café close to the Izmir courthouse targeted in a bombing. News outlets have been ordered to report only official statements about the attack. (STR/AFP)

Jailed investigative journalist held in isolation

Investigative journalist Ahmet Şık has been kept in isolation in prison and denied basic rights since his arrest last week, according to reports that cited his lawyer. Sık, who was detained December 29 on allegations of spreading terrorist propaganda, was kept at Metris Prison in Istanbul for three days before being transferred to Silivri Prison, according to reports.

Alerts   |   Egypt

Egypt arrests Al-Jazeera producer on fake news charge

New York, December 27, 2016--Egyptian authorities must release Al-Jazeera news producer Mahmoud Hussein immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Officials initially questioned Hussein on December 20 when he arrived in Egypt on a family visit from Qatar, where he is based, according to reports. Hussein was arrested on December 23, Al-Jazeera said.

December 27, 2016 3:29 PM ET

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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 18

People use an internet cafe in Ankara, April 16, 2015. Turkish authorities have censored social media and news websites, and have sought to block access to tools for circumventing that censorship. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

Court confiscates assets of 54 journalists
Istanbul's 11th Court of Penal Peace court confiscated the assets of 54 journalists, media workers, and writers, saying there was a "strong suspicion" that they were followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen, whom the Turkish government accuses of maintaining a terrorist organization and "parallel state structure" (FETÖ/PDY, by its Turkish acronym), the news website Bianet reported today.

Case   |   Chad

Chad police close radio station, detain manager

Police in Kelo, some 400 kilometres (249 miles) south of the capital N'Djamena, on November 14, 2016, arrested Edmond Oueidigue Kandi, the manager of the community radio station Radio Bargadje, and ordered the station closed, Kandi told the Committee to Protect Journalists. According to Kandi and media reports, local administrative authorities ordered the station closed and the journalist's arrest in response to Radio Bargadje's November 10 reporting on violence between herders and farmers over land use in the area. Police accused Kandi of fomenting conflict, the reports said.

December 16, 2016 6:25 PM ET

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Case   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

Congolese television journalist detained for four days

Police in Bunia, near the Democratic Republic of Congo's border with Uganda, on December 1, 2016, detained Adèle Uvon, a television journalist for the privately owned broadcaster Radio-TV Lobiko (RTVL), at an opposition movement press conference launching a campaign to encourage Congolese President Joseph Kabila to stand down at the end of his term on December 19, the U.N.-funded Radio Okapi reported. Police released Uvon without charge four days later, the station reported.

Uvon's lawyer, Augustin Yaogonda, told French publication Jeune Afrique that authorities filed no charges against the journalist, but that the five activists arrested alongside her would be prosecuted for "inciting disobedience to the state."

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been wracked by unrest since Kabila announced that presidential elections scheduled to take place November 27 would be delayed until April 2018 to allow voter rolls to be completed, a move seen by his detractors as a ploy to prolong his rule, according to news reports.

The Kinshasa-based media watchdog, Journalist en Danger (JED), reported in early November that at least 87 cases of media freedom violations occurred in 2016 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to online news reports.

December 15, 2016 1:21 PM ET

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Turkey's crackdown propels number of journalists in jail worldwide to record high

At least 81 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, all of them facing anti-state charges, in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown that has included the shuttering of more than 100 news outlets. The 259 journalists in jail worldwide is the highest number recorded since 1990. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 11

Seen through a Turkish flag, people gather outside Istanbul's Vodafone Stadium to pay respects to those killed in a bombing, December 11, 2016. Turkish authorities imposed a ban on coverage of the attack. (AP/Emrah Gurel)

Columnist jailed pending 'insult' trial for remarks on Syria
Istanbul's Ninth Court of Penal Peace this evening ordered Hüsnü Mahalli, a columnist for the leftist newspaper Yurt, jailed pending trial on charges of "insulting the president" and "insulting a board of civil servants in the course of discharging their duties," the official Anatolia Agency reported.

Case   |   Zambia

Zambian police arrest five radio journalists

Police on November 15, 2016, detained five journalists who work for Zambia's private Mano Radio station, before releasing them roughly 17 hours later, pending trial on insult charges, according to a written account the station emailed to the Committee to Protect Journalists on November 18, and a report on the news website Lusaka Times.

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