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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 1

Supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) wave flags in front of a mural of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (left) at an election rally in Konya, Turkey, October 30, 2015. (Umit Bektas/Reuters)

Police detain news agency journalist from his home
Police detained Abdülkadir Turay, a correspondent for the pro-Kurdish DİHA news agency in the southeastern Turkish town of Mardin, from his home in a dawn raid today, the news agency reported. At least four other people were detained in dawn raids in the town the same morning, DİHA said. The reasons for the arrests were not immediately clear.

May 2, 2016 9:41 AM ET


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Mission Journal: Why Turkey matters

Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan, left, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey inspect a military honor guard in Ankara on Sept. 17. Turkey's global influence is central to CPJ's concerns. (AP/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey is hardly a press freedom paradise, but what makes the country so exciting for journalists is the amount of news it generates on any given day. The domestic story is huge, with near-daily street protests, the booming economy beginning to sag, and the prospect of regional conflict looming with Syria. And Istanbul is a base for the international press covering not only Turkey but also Syria, Iraq and Egypt.

September 23, 2013 2:50 PM ET

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In Turkey, threats to restrict Internet, journalists attacked

Violent clashes between police and protesters have led to the deputy prime minister issuing a veiled threat to impose Internet restrictions. (AP/Burhan Ozbilici)

Istanbul, June 5, 2013--Turkish authorities should not interfere with the free flow of information online or in any other media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a senior government official suggested Internet restrictions could be in the offing. 

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