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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 23, 2017

Police detain a protester outside the Supreme Board of Elections in Ankara, April 16, 2017. (AP/Burhan Ozbilici)

News editor released
Authorities in Istanbul today released Ali Ergin Demirhan, news editor for the leftist news website sendika.org, his employer reported. Police detained Demirhan in an early-morning raid of the beleaguered website's office on April 20, but released him today even before he had been questioned by a prosecutor, according to sendika.org.

[April 25, 2017]

Statements   |   Syria

Swedish journalist expelled from Syria

New York, December 15, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Syrian government's decision to expel Swedish radio journalist Cecilia Uddén from the country today. According to her employer, Radio Sweden, Uddén's authorized reporting trip to Damascus and Aleppo was forcibly cut short when the government accused her of circulating "false information."

December 15, 2016 3:31 PM ET

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Alerts   |   South Sudan

CPJ condemns South Sudan's expulsion of Associated Press reporter

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, shown on the left in this September 12, 2016, file photo, has severely cracked down on the country's news media. (AP/Jason Patinkin)

Nairobi, December 7, 2016--South Sudanese authorities should immediately reverse the expulsion of U.S. journalist Justin Lynch, a freelancer for The Associated Press, and should cease interfering with journalists' ability to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security officers yesterday arrested the journalist and put him on a flight to Uganda, the AP reported.

December 7, 2016 1:50 PM ET

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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 13

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gestures during an interview in New York, September 20, 2016. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)

Two years in prison for newspaper editor
Diyarbakır's Fourth Court for Serious Crimes yesterday sentenced İsmail Çoban, responsible news editor of the Kurdish-language daily newspaper Azadiya Welat to two years and four months in prison for "propagandizing for a [terrorist] organization," the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which the Turkish government classifies as a terrorist group.

November 14, 2016 10:53 AM ET

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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 24

A man reads Cumhuriyet newspaper in Istanbul, January 14, 2015. The newspaper said police stopped delivery trucks from leaving the printers on that date to verify that the newspaper had not republished cartoons from the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. (AP)

Erdoğan says response to "sleaze" of EU's press-freedom criticism beneath his dignity
"Providing an answer to this worthlessness and sleaze would not be very appropriate for the president of Turkey," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told reporters in Croatia yesterday, responding to EU Parliament President Martin Shulz's criticisms of Turkey's crackdown on the press, the daily newspaper Hürriyet reported.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 17

Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdoğan removes his earpiece after speaking at the Brookings Institution, in Washington, March 31, 2016 (Joshua Roberts/Reuters).

Trial resumes for journalists facing multiple life sentences
The trial of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, editor and Ankara bureau chief, respectively, of Cumhuriyet newspaper resumed behind closed doors in Istanbul today. The court today denied prosecutors' request to combine the case with another case targeting alleged supporters of exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen, whom the Turkish government accuses of maintaining a terrorist organization and "parallel state structure" within Turkey, according to press reports and the journalists' lawyers, who posted updates from the trial to the social media website Twitter. The trial is expected to resume on May 6.

Statements   |   Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

CPJ calls on Democratic Republic of Congo to not extradite Burundian journalist

New York, December 31, 2015­--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo not to extradite Egide Mwemero, an exiled Burundian radio journalist who has been in custody since October 13, according to reports. Bob Rugurika, director of independent Burundian station Radio Publique Africaine where Mwemero also worked, told CPJ he fears Mwemero will be killed if he is sent back to Burundi. Burundian authorities this month requested the extradition of at least four other journalists who fled into exile, according to news reports.

Blog   |   Indonesia

One year on, challenges remain for press in Indonesia

Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, President Widodo's right-hand man, discusses conditions for journalists with the press freedom delegation in Jakarta. (Sumit Galhotra/CPJ)

"Change does not come overnight," President Joko Widodo's right-hand man, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, told an international delegation of 10 media and freedom of expression groups that visited Indonesia last month.

Blog   |   Egypt

Beyond the pardons, press freedom still under threat in Egypt

Sue Turton, Dominic Kane, center, and Peter Greste, at a press conference in CPJ's New York office. The Al-Jazeera journalists, who were convicted in absentia in Egypt, are calling on President el-Sisi to intervene in their cases. (AP/Julie Jacobson)

Today the Committee to Protect Journalists hosted a press conference for three Al-Jazeera journalists who have been convicted in absentia in Egypt. The journalists expressed solidarity with other members of the press who have been charged by the Egyptian government, and called on President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to intervene in their cases.

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.

September 9, 2015 2:36 PM ET

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