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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 3, 2019

Journalist and former CHP politician sentenced An Istanbul court on March 1 convicted Eren Erdem, the former chief editor for the defunct daily Karşı and a former parliamentary deputy in the main opposition party CHP, of “knowingly and willingly helping a [terrorist] organization without being involved in the organization’s hierarchical structure,” and sentenced him to…

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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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Investigative journalist Jovo Martinović is appealing an 18-month prison sentence in Montenegro. (Family handout)

Montenegro jails investigative journalist who reports on organized crime

New York, January 15, 2019–A Montenegro court today convicted investigative journalist Jovo Martinović of drug trafficking and being a member of a criminal group, and sentenced him to 18 months in prison, regional media reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the sentence and called on authorities to not contest the journalist’s appeal.

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Police officials stand outside the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters in New Delhi, India, on October 26, 2018. The CBI today convicted four suspects in the 2002 murder of journalist Ram Chandler Chaterpatti. (Altaf Hussain/Reuters)

Conviction obtained in 2002 murder of Indian journalist Ram Chandler Chaterpatti

Washington, D.C., January 11, 2019 – India’s Central Bureau of Investigation obtained convictions today in the 2002 murder of journalist Ram Chandler Chaterpatti, editor of the Hindi-language newspaper Poora Sach, according to news reports. The CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana state, convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, head of the religious group Dera Sacha Sauda, and…

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on October 9, 2018. Vietnam sentenced a citizen journalist to prison on an anti-state charge on October 12. (Franck Robichon/Pool via Reuters)

Vietnam sentences citizen journalist on second anti-state charge

Bangkok, October 15, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the second prison sentence handed to Vietnamese journalist Do Cong Duong and strongly reiterated its call for his immediate and unconditional release.

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Vietnam's acting Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung attends the World Economic Forum in Hanoi on September 12. A Vietnamese court has sentenced a journalist to four years in prison over his coverage of evictions. (Reuters/Kham)

Vietnam jails journalist for four years over coverage of evictions

Bangkok, September 19, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned the sentencing of Vietnamese journalist Do Cong Duong and called for his immediate and unconditional release. A court in the northern province of Bac Ninh sentenced Duong on September 17 to four years in prison for disturbing public order, which is a criminal offense…

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A bridge during sunset in Bogota, Colombia in May 2018. A Bogota court sentenced José Miguel Narváez to 30 years in prison for instigating the murder of Colombian journalist, comedian, and peace activist Jaime Garzón. (Reuters/Henry Romero)

Mastermind convicted in 1999 murder of Colombian journalist Jaime Garzón

Bogotá, Colombia, August 15, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the conviction and sentencing of the organizer of the 1999 murder of Colombian journalist, comedian, and peace activist Jaime Garzón, and expressed disappointment that the court did not consider Garzon’s work as a journalist in its decision.

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Cyclists cross Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China on June 16, 2017. A Sichuan province court on July 13, 2018, sentenced Chinese freelance political cartoonist Jiang Yefei to prison for six years and six months on charges of

China sentences political cartoonist to 6 years and 6 months in prison

Hanoi, July 26, 2018–A Sichuan province court on July 13 sentenced Chinese freelance political cartoonist Jiang Yefei to prison for six years and six months on charges of “inciting subversion of state power,” and “illegally crossing a national border,” during a secret trial, according to the U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Asia and the independent news…

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People attend a ceremony marking the second anniversary of the attempted coup in Istanbul, Turkey, July 15, 2018. Turkish authorities cracked down on the press in the coup's wake. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 16, 2018

Journalists in court An Istanbul court today found Canan Coşkun, a court reporter with the daily Cumhuriyet, guilty of “making targets of those assigned to combat terrorism” and sentenced her to two years and three months in prison, her employer reported. She is not in government custody, the report stated.

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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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