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Letters   |   Germany, Kyrgyzstan

CPJ calls on Merkel to use Kyrgyzstan visit to secure Askarov's release

CPJ calls on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to use her upcoming visit to Kyrgyzstan to call on officials there to release the imprisoned journalist and human rights defender Azimjon Askarov. The U.N. Human Rights Committee found in April 2016 that Kyrgyzstan is obligated to free Askarov, quash his conviction, and pay him compensation for unjust imprisonment. Chancellor Merkel is scheduled to visit Kyrgyzstan on July 13 and 14.

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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 25

In this July 21, 2016, file photo, a merchant reads the newspaper in Istanbul. (AP/Petros Giannakouris)

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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October 6, 2016

Combatting Corruption in Closing Spaces: Implications for Governance

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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