The Committee to Protect Journalists will honor journalists from Egypt, El Salvador, India, and Turkey with its 2016 International Press Freedom Awards. Mahmoud "Shawkan" Abou Zeid, Óscar Martínez, Malini Subramaniam, and Can Dündar face threats, legal action, or imprisonment. CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour will be recognized for her extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom.
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Prosecutors interrogate two journalists regarding Özgür Gündem coverage
Prosecutor's at Istanbul's Çağlayan Courthouse yesterday interrogated Hüseyin Aykol, a former editor of the shuttered pro-Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem, and Derya Okatan, an Özgür Radio journalist who was one of dozens of journalists and activists who symbolically acted as co-editor of the newspaper to protest authorities' persistent judicial harassment of the newspaper before a court ordered it closed on August 16, the press freedom monitor Ben Gazeteciyim ("I am a journalist") reported. Prosecutors have charged other newspaper staff and participants in the solidarity campaign with propagandizing for a terrorist organization, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
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Committee to Protect Journalists and Freedom House is holding a session on "Combatting Corruption in Closing Spaces: Implications for Governance," at the World Bank/IMF 2016 Annual Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF). The event is schedule for October 6, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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