press freedom

Turkey Rejects Europe’s “Red Line” on Press Freedom After Detentions

By Daren Butler and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, Nov 1 – Turkey’s prime minister said he had no regard for Europe’s “red line” on press freedom on Tuesday and warned Ankara would not be brought to heel with threats, rejecting criticism of the detention of senior journalists at an opposition newspaper. Police detained the editor and

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Germany Tells Turkey “Press Freedom is Non-Negotiable” Amid Media Row

BERLIN, Sept 7 – Germany said on Wednesday it regarded press freedom as crucial after German broadcaster Deutsche Welle complained that Turkey had confiscated the recording of an interview with a minister at his office in Ankara. The head of Deutsche Welle on Tuesday described the seizure of the tape of an interview with Turkish

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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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Egyptian Police Raid Press Syndicate, Arrest Two Journalists

CAIRO, May 2 – Egyptian police on Sunday raided the press syndicate in Cairo and arrested two journalists critical of the government, a syndicate official and reporters said in what an opposition party called an unprecedented crackdown. The interior ministry denied officers had stormed the press labor union building, a traditional spot in downtown Cairo to stage

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American Journalist Says Turkey Bars Him From Re-Entry

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, April 25 – An American reporter living and working in Turkey was barred from re-entering the country and forced to fly home on Monday in the latest incident in which a foreign journalist has been denied entry or accreditation. Freelance correspondent David Lepeska, who wrote for the Guardian, Al Jazeera,

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Closures and Court Cases Leave Turkey’s Media Increasingly Muzzled

By Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler ISTANBUL, April 13 – Metin Yilmaz, editor-in-chief of the Sozcu newspaper, one of the most outspoken critics of the government in the Turkish media, says he is weighing his words more carefully these days. Framed front pages adorn Sozcu’s office walls in testament to its status as a bastion

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says Obama Spoke ‘Behind My Back’ on Press Freedom

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, April 3 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused U.S. counterpart Barack Obama of going behind his back for criticizing Turkey’s press freedom record and linked it to efforts to “divide” Turkey, media reports said on Sunday. Obama said on Friday after meeting Erdogan on the sidelines of a nuclear summit

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Turkish Authorities Seize Newspaper Close to Cleric Gulen

By Ayla Jean Yackley and Daren Butler ISTANBUL, March 5 – Turkish authorities seized control of the country’s largest newspaper on Friday in a widening crackdown against supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, an influential foe of President Tayyip Erdogan. Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse a few thousand supporters who gathered

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says Does Not Respect Court Ruling on Journalists

ISTANBUL, Feb 28  – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he did not respect or accept a constitutional court ruling that the detention of two journalists from a leading opposition newspaper had violated their rights. Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gul were released pending trial on Friday after the

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Prominent Turkish Journalists from Leading Opposition Newspaper Freed

ISTANBUL, Feb 26 – Two prominent Turkish journalists from a leading opposition newspaper have been freed in the early hours of Friday after Turkey’s top court ruled that their detentions had violated their rights. The arrest of Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gul last November drew international condemnation and revived

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