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Independent journalist Dzmitry Halko sits in the defendants' cage during his trial in Minsk on July 17, 2018. The court sentenced Halko to four years' detention at a prison colony. (AFP/Sergei Gapon)

Belarus sentences critical journalist to four years in a low-security prison colony

Kiev, July 17, 2018–A Minsk court today found Belarusian journalist Dzmitry Halko guilty of assaulting a police officer, sentenced him to four years’ labor at a low-security prison colony, and ordered him to pay restitution of 850 Belarusian rubles (US$430) to the officer, according to Halko’s wife, Julia Garkusha, and media reports. Halko was released…

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People stroll by the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey on April 20, 2018. Turkish authorities sentenced to prison 10 former Feza Media Group employees on terrorism-related charges on April 30, according to reports. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 30, 2018

Feza Media Group trial ends, defendants sentenced An Istanbul court on April 30 convicted 10 people affiliated with the shuttered Feza Media Group, best known as the publisher of the daily Zaman, on terrorism-related charges, CNNTurk and the media news website P24 reported. All of the defendants were acquitted on charges of “attempting to eliminate”…

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Indian crime boss Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje, center, is escorted by Indonesian police in 2015 after his arrest in Bali. A Mumbai court today sentenced him to life in prison for the murder of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. (Reuters/Nyoman Budhiana/Antara Foto)

Mumbai court sentences crime boss, 8 others to life in jail for journalist murder

New Delhi, May 2, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed a Mumbai court’s convictions today of nine people, including the mastermind of the murder of investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey nearly seven years ago. A court that hears organized crime cases found crime boss Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje, alias Chhota Rajan, guilty of ordering Dey’s murder because…

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People take pictures in Istanbul with the Hagia Sophia in the background on April 21, 2018. An Istanbul court convicted 14 people affiliated with the daily Cumhuriyet on terrorism-related charges, the newspaper reported. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 23, 2018

Cumhuriyet trial ends, defendants sentenced An Istanbul court on April 25 convicted 14 people affiliated with the independent daily Cumhuriyet on terrorism-related charges, the newspaper reported. The court placed the journalists and newspaper staff on probation and banned them from traveling until the appeals process has ended, according to reports.

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Cumhuriyet cartoonist Musa Kart, center, and colleagues stand outside an Istanbul courthouse in March 2018. A court in April convicted Kart and several of his colleagues of aiding a terrorist organization. (AFP/Ozan Lose)

Turkey convicts Cumhuriyet journalists on terrorism charges

Istanbul, April 25, 2018–An Istanbul court today convicted 14 people affiliated with the independent daily Cumhuriyet of aiding terrorist organizations and sentenced them to jail terms ranging between three and seven years, the newspaper reported. The court placed the journalists on probation and banned them from traveling until the appeals process has ended, according to…

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Passengers wait at a bus stop in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in early 2018. Kazakh authorities raided two news outlets and confiscated equipment in April. (Retuers/Shamil Zhumatov)

Kazakhstan police raid newsrooms, detain journalists, seize equipment

New York, April 13, 2018–Kazakh authorities should stop harassing journalists with the independent news outlets Forbes Kazakhstan and Ratel and dismiss criminal defamation suits against the two outlets and their journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A woman walks in Santo Domingo in 2008. A Dominican court has sentenced a man to 20 years in prison over the murder of a journalist. (AFP/Eitan Abramovich)

Dominican Republic convicts man over 2011 murder of journalist

New York, April 11, 2018–A Dominican Republic court yesterday sentenced Matías Avelino Castro to 20 years in prison for his role in the 2011 murder of journalist José Agustín Silvestre, according to reports. The court convicted Avelino Castro, whom police had identified as the alleged mastermind of the killing, of being an accomplice to murder,…

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People look at the Bosphorus as they travel in a ferry from the Asian to the European side of Istanbul on March 1, 2018. The Turkish government continues its crackdown on the media. (AFP/ Bulent Kilic)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 26, 2018

Journalists sentenced An Istanbul court on February 28 sentenced Ahmet Altan, the former chief editor for the shuttered daily Taraf, to five years and 11 months in prison for “insulting the [Turkish] president,” and “making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization,” the online newspaper Diken reported.

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