Some UN member states have poor records

As the world's leaders gather in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, member states will be open to scrutiny. In Iran, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been imprisoned since July 2014. In Egypt, Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, a Canadian, and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian, are pardoned but at least 18 other journalists remain in jail. In Burundi, threats and attacks on journalists covering election violence have forced large numbers into exile. In Turkey, Iraqi journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool continues to be detained, and in China, the health of imprisoned journalist Gao Yu is deteriorating.

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Mohamed Fahmy, left, and Baher Mohamed in court. (AP)

Alerts   |   Turkey

Hürriyet journalist assaulted in Istanbul

Istanbul, October 1, 2015--A critical Turkish journalist, Ahmet Hakan, was assaulted by four men on Wednesday night in Istanbul, according to news reports. The assault followed two attacks on the independent daily Hürriyet, one of the outlets Hakan works for, and threats the journalist received in recent weeks.

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Balancing Act


The European Union describes itself as a model for press freedom and an exemplary global power. Although many of its 28 member states feature at the top of international press freedom rankings, there are significant challenges that undermine press freedom and new threats are emerging.

Alerts   |   Turkey

Turkey jails reporter, charges him with anti-state activities

Istanbul, September 23, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest and subversion charges filed against Gültekin Avcı, a columnist for the independent daily Bugün, and calls on Turkish authorities to drop the charges and release him immediately.

Blog   |   Security, Turkey

Don't Forget Rasool: In international reporting, local journalists often suffer

When two journalists from VICE, Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, were arrested with Iraqi journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool on August 28, a familiar scenario unfolded. A week later, Hanrahan and Pendlebury were released following a media flurry and worldwide attention. Still behind bars is Rasool, an experienced journalist and translator who had worked extensively in the Middle East for the Associated Press, Al-Jazeera, and VICE.

Statements   |   Turkey

Turkey deports Dutch reporter Frederike Geerdink

New York, September 9, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores today's decision by the Turkish authorities to deport freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink, who had been held in state custody since September 6, 2015 in Yüksekova, southeastern Turkey, according to reports. Geerdink's lawyer, Davut Uzunköprü, told CPJ he would be appealing the decision.

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Alerts   |   Turkey

In Turkey, VICE News journalist behind bars, freelance journalist detained

New York, September 8, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the ongoing detention of a VICE News journalist and the detention on Sunday of a Dutch freelance reporter.

Statements   |   Turkey

Turkey frees 2 VICE News reporters but third remains in custody

New York, September 3, 2015--A Turkish court early today ordered the release of VICE News' British journalists Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, according to their outlet. A third journalist, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, an Iraqi who is based in Turkey, is still in custody and is being questioned by Turkish authorities, according to news reports. The three were arrested on Thursday and have been charged with "aiding a terrorist organization." Hanrahan and Pendlebury are allowed to leave the country, but the charges against the three have not been dropped, news reports said.

Alerts   |   Turkey

Turkish authorities raid independent media company

New York, September 2, 2015--Turkish police on Tuesday raided the offices of a media group, in what one editor called an attempt to silence opposition media ahead of November parliamentary elections, according to news reports. The move follows terrorism charges leveled against VICE News journalists who have been detained while reporting from the predominantly Kurdish southeastern part of the country.

Letters   |   Turkey

Turkey should drop terrorism charges against detained VICE crew

Dear Prime Minister Davutoğlu: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent international press freedom organization, is writing to express its concern about recent charges leveled against two British journalists and a local fixer who were detained while reporting from the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir.

Alerts   |   Turkey

CPJ calls for the release of VICE News reporters, fixer, in Diyarbakir, Turkey

New York, August 28, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir to release British journalists Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury immediately. The journalists were on assignment with the U.S.-based global news channel VICE News when they, along with their fixer, were detained by police in Baglar district on Thursday, news reports said.

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