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President Erdoğan addresses supporters in Trabzon on August 12. A journalism student in the city is detained on accusations of insulting the president in an article. (Presidential Press Service pool via AP)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 6, 2018

Anti-state charges for 5 journalists Five journalists from the opposition daily Sözcü were indicted for “willingly and knowingly helping a [terrorist] organization without being in its hierarchical structure,” BBC Turkey reported on December 10. Chief editor Metin Yılmaz, online chief editor Mustafa Çetin, online news coordinator Yücel Arı, and columnists Emin Çölaşan and Necati Doğru…

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Singapore's Merlion statue is lit up in front of the city skyline in March 2018. Authorities are investigating a criminal defamation complaint against an independent news website. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)

Singapore police seize equipment, interrogate editor of The Online Citizen

On November 20, 2018, five police officers seized a desktop computer, mobile devices, and laptops from the Singapore home of Terry Xu, chief editor of the independent news website The Online Citizen, according to news reports. Xu was summoned to the city-state’s Cantonment Complex at 3pm that day, where authorities interrogated him for over eight…

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CPJ outraged at Tanzania’s treatment of its Africa program team

New York, November 12, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed indignation at statements from Tanzanian authorities and South Africa’s foreign minister justifying the detention of CPJ’s Africa team in Dar es Salaam on November 7. Officials from both countries falsely claimed CPJ’s Africa program coordinator Angela Quintal and sub-Saharan Africa representative Muthoki Mumo were in…

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addresses members of Turkey's parliament in Ankara on October 16, 2018. A court convicted three journalists of insulting the president in the pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem. (AFP/Adem Altan)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 18

Court sentences journalists over Özgür Gündem campaignAn Istanbul court on October 24 sentenced three journalists to jail for “insulting the president” in the now shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, the daily Evrensel reported.

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Opposition MP Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known as Bobi Wine, and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi, pictured at their home in Kampala, on September 20. Police detained at least eight journalists who were covering Bobi Wine's return to Uganda from the U.S. (AP/Ronald Kabuubi)

Ugandan police arrest at least 8 journalists covering opposition MP Bobi Wine

Nairobi, September 20, 2018–Police in Uganda detained at least eight journalists covering the return of opposition MP Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, from the U.S, according to media reports and local journalists. The arrests are the latest incident of Ugandan security personnel assaulting, harassing, or arresting journalists covering political tension in the past…

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A newsstand in Ghana's capital, Accra, in 2016. Attackers abducted and beat a reporter for the Ghana News Agency on August 27 over his critical coverage of an opposition politician in Bawku. (AP/Sunday Alamba)

Ghanaian journalist abducted and beaten over critical story on opposition politician

New York, August 31, 2018–Ghanaian authorities should thoroughly investigate and bring to justice all those responsible for an attack on Jerry Azanduna, a reporter with the government-funded Ghana News Agency (GNA), and ensure his belongings are returned, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Security forces detain a protester in Kampala on August 20. Security personnel beat and detained at least four journalists who were covering unrest in Uganda's capital. (AP/Ronald Kabuubi)

Ugandan security forces attack and detain journalists covering protests

Nairobi, August 23, 2018–Security forces beat and detained at least four journalists covering protests in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on August 20, and confiscated or damaged their equipment. CPJ today condemned the attacks and called on Ugandan authorities to hold those responsible to account.

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Children play outside a closed store in Hebron in March 2018. Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian photojournalist in the city on June 11. (AFP/Hazem Bader)

Israeli forces arrest Palestinian freelance photojournalist in the West Bank

Beirut, June 19, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Israeli authorities to release Palestinian freelance photojournalist Bilal Hamid al-Taweel or disclose charges against him. Israeli security forces arrested al-Taweel at his home in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on June 11, according to news reports and the regional press freedom group…

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Security officials keep watch during a protest in Ramallah on June 14, 2018. Journalists covering unrest in the West Bank say Palestinian Authority forces attacked and harassed them. (AFP/Abbas Momani)

Palestinian security forces assault journalists at West Bank protest

New York, June 15, 2018–The Palestinian Authority should investigate claims that its security forces assaulted and harassed journalists covering a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Security forces assaulted at least five journalists and confiscated equipment during the unrest on June 13, according to news reports and the local press freedom organization, the…

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Buses arrive in the Syrian town of Azaz on April 5, 2018. A correspondent and cameraperson from Syria TV were detained and assaulted by Members of the General Public Security, a Free Syrian Army (FSA) security force on May 15, 2018, according to reports. (AFP/Nazeer al-Khatib)

Two Syrian journalists detained, assaulted northwest of Aleppo

Members of the General Public Security, a Free Syrian Army (FSA) security force, on May 15, 2018, assaulted and detained Wael Adel and Omar Hafez, a correspondent and cameraperson, respectively, for the Turkey-based, pro-opposition Syria TV, according to their employer, news reports, the Syrian Journalists Association, and the regional press freedom group SKeyes Center for…

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