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Blog   |   Azerbaijan, Burundi, Gambia, Turkey

World Refugee Day: Fear of arrest drives journalists into exile

In August 2014 two journalists living more than 4,000 miles apart slipped across a border to find safety: one with his wife and three children, the other alone. Idrak Abbasov, from Azerbaijan, and Sanna Camara, from Gambia, faced imprisonment because of their reporting. Neither has been able to return home.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey responds to CPJ letter on Zaman takeover, denying move is politically motivated

When riot police stormed the Istanbul offices of Turkey's largest newspaper, the daily Zaman, on March 4 following a court-ordered takeover, the Committee to Protect Journalists sent a public letter to Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, expressing dismay at the government's actions and calling on him to uphold press freedom in Turkey.

May 2, 2016 1:40 PM ET

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Blog   |   Turkey

'Erdoğan is killing journalism,' says Today's Zaman editor forced out after takeover

A copy of Zaman, with a headline that reads 'Suspended, the constitution,' is held up the day after the daily was taken over by court-appointed trustees. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

Since the Turkish daily Zaman and its English-language sister publication Today's Zaman were taken over by court-appointed trustees last month, over accusations of terrorist propaganda, the papers' journalists have witnessed riot police fill their newsrooms, the arrests of colleagues, and the loss, through resignations and dismissals, of fellow journalists.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 27

Can Dündar (center) and Erdem Gül (left) speak to reporters before their trial resumes in Istanbul, April 1, 2016. (Özgür Öğret)

Erdoğan, in Washington, says not at war with press; bodyguards insult, harass journalists
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, visiting Washington, on Thursday told the American television station CNN that he and his government were "not at war with the press," in remarks broadcast after his security detail harassed, insulted, and attempted to forcibly eject critical Turkish journalists from a speaking event, according to press reports and videos posted to social media websites.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 20

Can Dündar, left, and Erdem Gül speak to reporters before standing trial in Istanbul, March 25, 2016. (AP)

Istanbul court rules trial for journalists facing life sentences to be closed to public
The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an Istanbul court's decision today to bar the public from the trial of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, journalists for the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet. Representatives from CPJ and other free-speech groups attended the first session of the trial today.

Mektuplar, Türkiye

CPJ, Türkiye Başbakanı Ahmet Davutoğlu'na Feza medya grubuna el koyulmasını protesto etmek için mektup yazdı

8 Mart 2016

Ekselansları Ahmet Davutoğlu
Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Başbakanı
Vekaletler Caddesi Başbakanlık Merkez Bina
P.K. 06573; Kızılay, Ankara
Faks yoluyla: +90312 403 62 82

Sayın Başbakan Davutoğlu,

Bağımsız ve uluslararası bir basın özgürlüğü grubu olarak biz Gazetecileri Koruma Komisyonu'ndakiler, devletin Zaman ve Today's Zaman gazeteleri ile Cihan Haber Ajansı'nı barındıran Feza medya grubunun kontrolüne el koymasından dolayı dehşete düştüğümüzü ifade etmek istiyoruz. Eğer mahkemeler itirazları kabul etmezse bu el koymanın Türkiye'nin geriye kalan bağımsız ve eleştirel gazetecilere ürpertici bir mesaj göndereceğinden endişeliyiz.

8 de Marzo 2016 9:02 AM ET

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Letters   |   Turkey

CPJ writes to Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoğlu to protest takeover of Feza media group

CPJ writes to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to protest the government's takeover of the Feza media group, which runs the newspapers Zaman and Today's Zaman and the Cihan news agency.

March 8, 2016 8:52 AM ET

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Haberler, Türkiye

İstanbul mahkemesi Zaman ve Today's Zaman yönetimlerine kayyum atadı

New York, 4 Mart, 2016 - Gazetecileri Koruma Komitesi bugün Türkiye'de bir İstanbul mahkemesinin Türkçe yayımlanan Zaman ve İngilizce kardeş yayını Today's Zaman'a kayyum atanması yönündeki kararından dolayı endişe duydu. The Associated Press ve CPJ'in de incelediği belgeye göre bir İstanbul savcısının gazeteleri terörizm propagandasıyla suçlamasıyla verilen karar gazetelerin editöryel ve yönetim kurullarına mahkeme tarafından atılan kayyum getirtebileceği anlamına geliyor.

4 de Marzo 2016 12:53 PM ET

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Statements   |   Turkey

Istanbul court to appoint trustees for Zaman, Today's Zaman editorial board

Crowds gather outside the Istanbul offices of the Turkish daily Zaman on March 4 to protest a ruling that allows a court to appoint the paper's trustees. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

New York, March 4, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a ruling in Turkey today under which an Istanbul court will appoint trustees for the Turkish language Zaman and its English-language sister publication, Today's Zaman. The ruling, brought by an Istanbul public prosecutor who accuses the papers of terrorist propaganda, means court-appointed staff could replace the papers' editorial board and management, according to The Associated Press and a copy of the ruling seen by CPJ.

March 4, 2016 11:11 AM ET

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Statements   |   Turkey

CPJ calls for charges to be dropped against Turkish editor

New York, October 14, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison of Bülent Keneş, editor-in-chief of the English-language daily Today's Zaman, who was arrested on Friday on charges of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Twitter. The daily reported today that the İstanbul 7th Penal Court of Peace ordered Keneş to be released pending trial, but barred him from traveling abroad. Keneş will have to register every Sunday with the local police station.

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