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Police officers are seen in Diyarbakir, Turkey, on April 9, 2020. Authorities recently charged seven journalists over their coverage of an intelligence officer's death. (Reuters/Sertac Kayar)

Turkey charges 7 journalists over coverage of intelligence agent’s death

Istanbul, May 13, 2020 – Turkish authorities must release journalists detained for their coverage of an intelligence officer and drop all charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police officers are seen in Istanbul, Turkey, on January 10, 2019. Turkish authorities recently arrested four more journalists for allegedly violating the country's intelligence laws. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

Turkey arrests 4 more journalists for covering intelligence officer death

Istanbul, March 9, 2020 — Turkish authorities should immediately release Barış Pehlivan, Murat Ağırel, Ferhat Çelik, and Aydın Keser, and all other journalists in custody for their reporting, and drop any charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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An Istanbul court is seen on September 18, 2019. Turkish authorities recently arrested journalists Barış Terkoğlu and Hülya Kılınç. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

Turkey detains 2 Odatv journalists for naming intelligence officer killed in Libya

Istanbul, March 4, 2020 — Turkish authorities should immediately release journalists Barış Terkoğlu and Hülya Kılınç and drop any charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Kadri Gürsel, left, is handcuffed by police outside an Istanbul prison on May 29. Gürsel, a former columnist for Cumhuriyet, and Turkey chair of the International Press Institute, was freed later that day. (AP/DHA)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 26, 2019

More journalists beaten in Turkey On May 25, three men beat Selahattin Önkibar, a columnist for the ultranationalist opposition news website Odatv, near his house in Ankara, the leftist daily Evrensel reported. Önkibar is the fifth journalist to be attacked in Turkey this month, in apparent retaliation for their work, CPJ has found.

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The silhouette of Suleymaniye mosque in Istanbul, pictured during sunset in December 2018. A left-wing news site has received a series of threats, including published remarks by a civil servant Islamic scholar. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

CPJ calls on Turkey to ensure Odatv’s safety after series of threats

Istanbul, January 4, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Turkish authorities to ensure the safety of journalists working for the news website Odatv amid a series of threats directed at the outlet, including published remarks by a civil servant Islamic scholar.

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A street vendor in Istanbul sells Turkish flags on December 31. Turkey's media regulator has fined two news broadcasters over their critical commentary. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 31, 2018

Media watchdog fines and blocks two critical stationsTurkey’s official media watchdog RTÜK has fined and censored the critical channels Halk TV and FOX TV Turkey for allegedly “provoking the people into hatred and animosity,” reports said.

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A Turkish man in a 'freedom for journalists' T-shirt is thrown out of a press conference for Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on September 28. (AP/Michael Sohn)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 27, 2018

Erdoğan in Germany A Turkish man wearing a “freedom for journalists” T-shirt was thrown out of a press conference between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on September 28, video from Euronews and Özgürüz showed. The man was identified as Adil Yiğit, chief editor for the Turkish language news website…

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A view of the "July 15th Martyrs' Bridge", formerly known as Bosporus Bridge, in Istanbul during a marathon on November 12, 2017. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 12, 2017

Journalists released A Turkish court on November 9 released from prison Mehmet Çağrı, chief editor for the local radio station Dersim Munzur, during his first trial hearing in the southeastern city of Tunceli, which is also known as by the Kurdish name of Dersim, the daily Evrensel reported.

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Opposition politicians and press freedom advocates call for the release of journalists jailed in Turkey in an April 9, 2017, protest in Istanbul. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 9, 2017

Erdoğan vows jailed Die Welt correspondent will never return to Germany Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last night vowed that Die Welt Turkey correspondent Deniz Yücel, a dual citizen of Germany and Turkey would never be allowed to return to Germany so long as he was president, the online newspaper Diken reported.

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A court on February 14, 2017, handed columnist Hasan Cemal, seen here at a colleague's funeral in Istanbul on October 30, 2015, a suspended sentence of one year and three months in prison on charges of propagandizing for a terrorist group in one of his columns.

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 12

Publisher closes magazine for cartoon lampooning Moses The publisher of the cartoon magazine GırGır announced today that he was closing down the magazine after its publication of a cartoon depicting Moses irritating his followers wandering in the desert by talking too much and bragging about parting the Red Sea sparked outrage on social media, including…

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