Europe & Central Asia

Turkish media attacked amid failed coup

At least one journalist is killed covering an attempted military coup. Mutinous soldiers seize the offices of broadcasters and newspapers, hold journalists captive, and force journalists to broadcast a statement at gunpoint. After the attempted coup fails, youths attack newspaper offices, police seek to detain a journalist from her home before dawn, and the government gives little indication its years-old campaign against the independent press will soon end.
Journalist killed, outlets seized
Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 17
Timeline: Erdoğan vs. the press
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Blog   |   Belarus, Ukraine

Remembering Pavel Sheremet, IPFA honoree, friend to CPJ, and hard-nosed journalist

Pavel Sheremet, pictured with CPJ's then executive director Ann Cooper, holds up his International Press Freedom Award in 1998. (Reuters)

Pavel Sheremet, who died yesterday when a bomb blew up the car he was driving in Kiev, was a CPJ International Press Freedom awardee in 1998. At the awards ceremony in the glittery Waldorf-Astoria Hotel that November, Sheremet was a no show.

July 21, 2016 3:55 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Ukraine

Journalist Pavel Sheremet killed in Ukraine car bombing

Flowers and a portrait of Pavel Sheremet mark the site of the journalist's murder in Kiev, July 20, 2016. (Sergei Chusavkov/AP)

New York, July 20, 2016 -- Ukrainian authorities must credibly investigate the murder of award-winning journalist Pavel Sheremet and ensure all those responsible are swiftly brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sherement, 44, was killed in Kiev today after an explosive device detonated under the car he was driving.

July 20, 2016 11:56 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan suspends TV station's license for Turkey coverage

New York, July 19, 2016 - Azerbaijani regulators should immediately reverse their decision to suspend the license of broadcaster ANS TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Broadcasting regulators yesterday said they were suspending the station's license to broadcast for one month because of its coverage of events in Turkey.

July 19, 2016 3:37 PM ET

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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 17

Turkey's capital is calm as seen through a broken window at Ankara police headquarters, July 18, 2016, days after soldiers launched a failed attempt at a coup. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)

Police raid and seal Meydan offices

Istanbul police raided the offices of the pro-Hizmet daily Meydan at about 5 p.m yesterday, local press reported. Police searched the offices in the Şirinevler district for three hours and confiscated documents, before sealing the building. The website of Meydan has not been updated since yesterday. The raid comes in the same week that editors at the daily were briefly detained in apparent retaliation to the paper running excerpts of an interview that the exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen gave to the international press, according the paper.

Alerts   |   Turkey

In Turkey, one journalist killed, several newsrooms seized in attempted coup

Istanbul, July 16, 2016 - Turkish soldiers shot and killed one journalist and seized control of several newsrooms last night as factions of the Turkish military attempted to topple the government of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A night of violence, which was most severe in Ankara, left hundreds of people dead and more than 1,400 injured, according to press reports, but did not immediately appear to have dislodged the government.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 10

Turkish businessman Aydın Doğan, shown here in a 2009 file photo, on June 13, 2016, denied tax-evasion charges before an Istanbul court. (Murad Sezer/AP)

Prosecutors interrogate journalist on suspicion of 'insulting the president'
Prosecutors in Istanbul yesterday interrogated İhsan Çaralan, a columnist for the socialist daily Evrensel, on charges of "insulting the president" in connection with a May 31 article in the beleaguered, pro-Kurdish daily newspaper Özgür Gündem, Evrensel reported. Çaralan had symbolically acted as co-editor of Özgür Gündem on May 30 to protest authorities' relentless judicial harassment of the newspaper's staff. Çaralan also faces charges of "propagandizing for a [terrorist] organization" in connection with his participation in the solidarity campaign. He denied both charges, Evrensel reported.

[July 15, 2016]

Blog   |   Turkey

CPJ testifies on Turkey's press freedom record before House Foreign Affairs Committee

CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova today provided written testimony at a hearing titled "Turkey's Democratic Decline," given before the Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subcommittee of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.

July 13, 2016 4:55 PM ET

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Statements   |   Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz Supreme Court leaves Azimjon Askarov in jail

New York, July 12, 2016 - Kyrgyz prosecutors should drop all charges against Azimjon Askarov and ensure the journalist's immediate release, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

July 12, 2016 1:27 PM ET

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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.

July 8, 2016 3:02 PM ET

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Blog   |   Kyrgyzstan

CPJ joins call for Kyrgyzstan to release jailed journalist Azimjon Askarov

On July 11, the Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court will hear a petition for the release of Azimjon Askarov, a journalist and human rights defender who is serving a life sentence in prison. This week, CPJ and Human Rights Watch jointly called on Kyrgyzstan authorities to fully abide by an April 21 ruling by the U.N. Human Rights Committee that Askarov, a recipient of CPJ's International Press Freedom Award, be freed without delay.

July 8, 2016 10:05 AM ET

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