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A sign reading 'Cumhuriyet will not be silent' is held during a protest outside Istanbul's court house in September 2017. An appeals court in February upheld the convictions of six staff at the paper. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 17, 2019

Appeals court upholds Cumhuriyet verdict An Istanbul appeals court on February 19 upheld the terrorism-related convictions of staff from the daily Cumhuriyet who were earlier sentenced to five years or less in prison, according to reports. CPJ condemned the decision. The decision means that at least six defendants, including a cartoonist, journalists, a lawyer, an…

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Security forces look on during clashes at a rally in Venezuela on January 24. Amid the political crisis and widespread protests, Venezuelan authorities have raided news outlets, detained journalists and confiscated equipment. (Reuters/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez)

Raids, media shutdowns and internet disruptions amid Venezuela crisis

Miami, January 25, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Venezuelan authorities to stop blocking news outlets and to ensure that access to the internet is available amid the country’s political crisis and widespread protests.

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Kazakh Interior Ministry troops patrol beneath a poster of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and partially burnt buildings in Zhanaozen, in December 2011, that were damaged in riots. Kazakh police detained a French journalists today while he interviewed witnesses to the 2011 violence. (Reuters/Vladimir Tretyakov)

Kazakhstan detains French journalist and bans him from filming

New York, September 27, 2018–Kazakh authorities should allow French journalist Vincent Prado and his local fixer Danara Ismetova to work without obstruction, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Prado and Ismetova were briefly detained by police this morning, before a judge fined Prado and banned the journalist from filming in the Manghystau region of Kazakhstan,…

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A newsstand in Ghana's capital, Accra, in 2016. Attackers abducted and beat a reporter for the Ghana News Agency on August 27 over his critical coverage of an opposition politician in Bawku. (AP/Sunday Alamba)

Ghanaian journalist abducted and beaten over critical story on opposition politician

New York, August 31, 2018–Ghanaian authorities should thoroughly investigate and bring to justice all those responsible for an attack on Jerry Azanduna, a reporter with the government-funded Ghana News Agency (GNA), and ensure his belongings are returned, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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In this January 2014 image, smoke billows from buildings in the Libyan city of Sabha. A journalist from the city, which is still experiencing unrest, was abducted and killed in July 2018. (Reuters/Saddam Alrashd)

Journalist abducted in Libya found bound and shot dead

New York, August 1, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of Libyan journalist Musa Abdul Kareem in Sabha, and urged the authorities responsible for the city to immediately investigate the circumstances of his death. Abdul Kareem, a local reporter and photojournalist, was abducted on July 31, and found dead later that day,…

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President Rodrigo Duterte, pictured in Manila in May 2018, says he wants all media killings solved by 2020. In the latest attack, a newspaper publisher was shot dead in Panabo City in June. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Newspaper publisher gunned down in the Philippines

Bangkok, June 7, 2018–A Filipino journalist was shot and killed today in Panabo City, in the southern province of Davao del Norte, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the killing and called on authorities to swiftly identify and bring to justice the assailant.

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Journalists mourn for their colleagues who were killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul on April 30, 2018 that killed at least nine members of the press. (AP/Massoud Hossaini)

In Afghanistan, at least 10 journalists killed in one day in bombings and shooting

New York, April 30, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned multiple attacks in Afghanistan that killed at least 10 journalists in one of the deadliest days CPJ has recorded for the country’s press.

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An Afghan woman and child walk in a Kandahar street, near a mosque, in July 2015. Gunman shot dead a reporter in the city in April. (AFP/Javed Tanveer)

In Afghanistan, Kabul News journalist shot dead on way to work

New York, April 26, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Afghan authorities to thoroughly investigate the killing of journalist Abdul Manan Arghand and to ensure that those responsible for his death are brought to justice.

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Cumhuriyet cartoonist Musa Kart, center, and colleagues stand outside an Istanbul courthouse in March 2018. A court in April convicted Kart and several of his colleagues of aiding a terrorist organization. (AFP/Ozan Lose)

Turkey convicts Cumhuriyet journalists on terrorism charges

Istanbul, April 25, 2018–An Istanbul court today convicted 14 people affiliated with the independent daily Cumhuriyet of aiding terrorist organizations and sentenced them to jail terms ranging between three and seven years, the newspaper reported. The court placed the journalists on probation and banned them from traveling until the appeals process has ended, according to…

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Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis at a news conference in Bulgaria in January. Three investigative journalists say police have questioned them repeatedly over their reporting on allegations of wrongdoing by Babis. (AFP/Nikolay Doychinov)

Czech investigative journalists say police repeatedly questioned them

Brussels, April 6, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Czech authorities to ensure that journalists can work without interference. Three Czech investigative journalists issued a joint statement on April 3 that said police tried to intimidate them by repeatedly bringing them in for questioning over their reporting on Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.

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