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TURKISH JOURNALIST NADIRE MATER AQUITTED OF “INSULTING” THE MILITARYCPJ Welcomes Court’s Decision

Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in TURKEY New York, September 29, 2000 — A Turkish journalist standing trial for “insulting” Turkey’s powerful military in a book of interviews with former conscripts of the civil conflict in southeastern Turkey was acquitted of all charges today.

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Attacks on the Press 1999: Turkey

For years, Turkey has had one of the liveliest yet most restricted presses in the region. This paradox was again on display in 1999. Print and broadcast media continued to cover sensitive social and political topics and were often unbridled in their criticism of the government–notably during the authorities’ sloppy rescue efforts after the devastating…

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Alan Finkel Indicted in Istanbul

Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns in the strongest terms today’s indictment of Andrew Finkel, a free-lance journalist based in Istanbul who reports for Time magazine and the Times of London and appears on CNN. In a hearing today, Finkel, a British national, was charged with “insulting state institutions” under Article 159 of the Turkish Penal Code. The charge comes in response to a February 1998 article Finkel wrote for the daily Sabah titled “Shurnak 1998,” which discussed Turkey’s ongoing military operations against the Kurds in the southeast. An expert panel’s report, submitted to the court, concluded that Finkel did not insult the military. Another hearing has been scheduled for November 16, pending the report of a second panel of experts on the validity of the charges. If convicted, Finkel faces up to six years in prison.

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The Committee to Protect Journalists Alarmed by Arrest and Indictment of Hasan Deniz

June 8,1999 His Excellency Hikmet Sami T&uuulm;rk Minister of Justice Ankara, Turkey Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply alarmed by the recent arrest and indictment of Hasan Deniz, editor of the daily &Oulm;zg&uuulm;r Bakis. On June 4, state prosecutors at the Istanbul State Security Court charged Deniz with violating Article 169…

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CPJ urges Turkey to end criminal prosecutions of journalists

Istanbul, Turkey, July 23, 1999–The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) issued a report today documenting Turkey’s continuing use of criminal prosecutions to silence journalists who report on sensitive topics, such as the Kurdish question and the role of Islam in politics. At a press conference in Istanbul, a CPJ delegation expressed its concern…

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The Committee to Protect Journalists Alarmed by Arrest and Indictment of Hasan Deniz

June 8, 1999 His Excellency Hikmet Sami T&uulm;rk Minister of Justice Ankara, Turkey Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply alarmed by the recent arrest and indictment of Hasan Deniz, editor of the daily &Oulm;zg&uulm;r Bakis. On June 4, state prosecutors at the Istanbul State Security Court charged Deniz with violating Article…

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Committee to Protect Journalists Is Outraged By Conviction of Journalist Oral Calislart

May 19,1999 His Excellency Bulent Ecevit Prime Minister Basbakanlik 06573 Ankara, Turkey Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is outraged by the criminal conviction of journalist Oral Calislar, a columnist for the daily Cumhurriyet. On May 18, Calislar was convicted of disseminating “separatist propaganda” under Article 8 of the Anti-Terror Law and sentenced to…

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