media freedom

Turkish Police Detain Producer of Erdogan Film Over Gulen Links

ISTANBUL, July 13 – Turkish police detained the producer of a film on the life of President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, accusing him of ties to the Muslim cleric Ankara says orchestrated last year’s attempted coup, state media said. His arrest came a day after the release on social media of a trailer for a

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Iraq Takes Aim at Media as Security Forces Struggle to Contain Strife

By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD, May 15  – Iraq’s Shiite-led authorities have shut the offices of two television channels popular with Sunni Iraqis and ordered a satirical show off air, tightening control over the media as political tensions rise in Baghdad. The crackdown, which began in March, appears to be prompted by concerns that the channels

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Iraq Bans Al Jazeera Network Over Coverage

DOHA, April 28  – Iraqi authorities have revoked the operating license of the pan-Arab satellite network Al Jazeera and closed its offices in Baghdad, accusing it of violating government guidelines issued in 2014 to regulate media “during the war on terror.” Al Jazeera, based in Qatar, said it was dismayed by the action. “We remain

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