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Pedestrians walk by the latest work by the elusive British street artist Bansky along a wall in New York City on March 16, 2018. The work draws attention to the jailed Turkish artist Zehra Doguan.(AFP/ Getty Images/ Spencer Platt)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 19, 2018

Media sales Doğan Holding, one of Turkey’s largest conglomerates, on March 21 announced that it would sell its media assets to the pro-government Demirören Holding, according to news reports.

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Hürriyet journalist assaulted in Istanbul

Istanbul, October 1, 2015–A critical Turkish journalist, Ahmet Hakan, was assaulted by four men on Wednesday night in Istanbul, according to news reports. The assault followed two attacks on the independent daily Hürriyet, one of the outlets Hakan works for, and threats the journalist received in recent weeks.

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A journalist holds a placard at the headquarters of Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul on December 14, 2014. Turkish police raided media outlets close to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, including Zaman, and detained 23 people.  (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Finding new ways to censor journalists in Turkey

The flood was foretold, and seemed inevitable. Even I, with my limited resources as a journalist and media monitor, raised the alarm years ago.

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A Sliver of Hope Emerges for a More Independent Press in Turkey

The Gezi Park protests force some independent-minded journalists to confront the media’s unwillingness to take on the government. By Nicole Pope

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A TV crew films near a vandalized news vehicle in Taksim Square. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

Reports of anti-press attacks amid Turkey protests

Istanbul, June 3, 2013–The press has come under fire from both government officials and protesters amid nationwide demonstrations in Turkey, with instances of attacks, obstruction, detention, and vandalism being reported, according to news accounts and local journalists.

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Erdoğan speaks at a meeting in parliament on Wednesday. (AFP/Adem Altan)

Conflating critics with terrorists in Turkey

The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is quick to brand critics as “terrorists,” and that’s one of the main reasons that Turkey was the world’s worst jailer of the press when CPJ conducted its recent census of imprisoned journalists. This week, the prime minister and two pro-government newspapers applied the label once again…

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