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Statements   |   Turkey

Turkey shutters more than 100 media outlets as purge continues

New York, July 28, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Turkish authorities today to stop its sweeping purge of the media, and to allow all journalists to work freely at this critical time for the country. A decree published yesterday in Turkey's Official Gazette ordered the closure of more than 100 broadcasters, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses and distribution companies.

July 28, 2016 1:18 PM ET

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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 24

In this July 24, 2016, handout photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gives the Rabaa salute, a reference to Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawaya Square, where Egyptian soldiers and police in August 2013 killed hundreds of supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi protesting the military's ousting of the Egyptian president in July 2013. (Pool/AP)

At least 48 journalists detained in one week
Police in Turkey detained at least 48 journalists in the past week, according to the independent news website P24 and the Twitter account of Ben Gazeteciyim, a volunteer association of Turkish journalists formed to show solidarity with their threatened colleagues. At the time of publication, 21 of those detained were at Istanbul's Çağlayan Courthouse being interrogated by prosecutors and waiting to see a judge. Eren Şener, lawyer for journalists Bülent Mumay and Arda Akın, told the news website Bianet that prosecutors had asked his clients about their activity on Twitter, news stories they had written, and whether they viewed the Hizmet movement, which the Turkish government accuses of orchestrating a failed military coup on July 15 that left more than 200 people dead, as a terrorist organization.

According to P24 and Ben Gazeteciyim, the 21 people at Çağlayan Courthouse at the time of publication were:

July 25, 2016 11:37 AM ET

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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.

June 16, 2016 9:49 AM ET

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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.

April 14, 2016 5:27 PM ET

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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.

April 1, 2016 9:35 AM ET

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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.

March 21, 2016 9:17 AM ET

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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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