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A view of Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge, taken in August 2018. A Turkish court this week ordered the chief editor of Çağdaş Ses to be detained pending the outcome of her trial. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 26, 2018

Journalist freed pending trial An Istanbul court on October 31, ordered Ali Sönmez Kayar, a reporter for the socialist Etkin News Agency (ETHA), to be freed pending trial, the independent news website Bianet reported. Kayar, who is charged with “being a member of a [terrorist] organization,” was released under judicial control and is under a…

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The Turkish flag hangs outside the Eyup Sultan mosque in Istanbul, Turkey on August 20, 2018. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 20, 2018

An Istanbul court on August 20 lifted the foreign travel ban on Meşale Tolu, a translator and editor for the leftist Etkin News Agency (ETHA), the daily Cumhuriyet reported.

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People on a ferry travel across the Bosphorus as the sun sets over the old city in Istanbul, Turkey on July 14, 2018. The Turkish government continues to crackdown on the press over two years after a failed coup attempt, according to reports. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 23, 2018

Journalist arraigned An Istanbul court on July 19 arraigned Mustafa Gökkılıç, a former reporter for the now-closed liberal daily Radikal, on charges of having ties to the Gülen movement, which the government considers a terrorist organization, according to the state news agency Anatolia.

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Boys stand on the edges of a vintage tram as it runs along the main shopping and pedestrian street of Istiklal in central Istanbul, Turkey in January 2018. Turkey continues to crackdown on media. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 16, 2018

Journalists in prison An Istanbul court on April 17 arraigned Adil Demirci, a Turkish-German dual national and reporter for the socialist Etkin News Agency (ETHA), on charges of “being a member of a [terrorist] organization” and “making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization,” according to the German news agency Deutsche Welle. In the same case, the…

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (right) and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel pose after a press conference in Ankara, June 5, 2017. (AP/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 4, 2017

News websites blocked for 25th, 44th time, respectively The Turkish telecommunications regulator BTK blocked access to the website of the pro-Kurdish daily newspaper Özgürlükçü Demokrasi–for the 25th time–and to the leftist news website sendika.org–for the 44th time, the press freedom collective Ben Gazeteciyim (“I am a journalist”) reported yesterday. Özgürlükçü Demokrasi continues to publish at…

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Konstantin Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia, October 9, 2016. (AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 14, 2017

Police search homes of opposition newspaper owner, staff Police searched the homes of the owner and three employees of the daily newspaper Sözcü, one of the last remaining large media outlets that opposes the government, the newspaper reported today.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan adjusts his earpiece at the conclusion of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, September 5, 2016. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 4

Police raid Kurdish magazine office Police raided Istanbul office of the pro-Kurdish magazine Özgür Halk today, the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA) reported. DİHA reported that the raid, which was in progress at the time of publication, was related to the magazine’s feature commemorating August 15, the date the banned Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) took…

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A screenshot shows the August 19, 2016, front page of Özgür Gündem newspaper, released as a special edition of the socialist weekly Atılım, bearing the headline "Resistance continues."

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 14

Released journalists describe beatings in custody, headline ‘Resistance continues’ Journalists from the pro-Kurdish daily newspaper Özgür Gündem, the pro-Kurdish DİHA news agency and broadcaster IMC TV released yesterday alleged that police beat and mistreated them in custody, Özgür Gündem reported on its website, which continues to publish despite a court order temporarily closing the newspaper.…

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Police fire tear gas at protesters in Ankara earlier this week. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

In crackdown on dissent, Turkey detains press, raids outlet

Istanbul, June 20, 2013–Two journalists were detained and one newsroom raided this week as Turkish authorities continued a broad crackdown on dissent, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the government to halt its obstruction of journalists seeking to cover the protests that have swept the nation.

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