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Pakistan Investigating Social Media Users for Anti-Army Posts: Official

By Mubasher Bukhari and Saad Sayeed LAHORE, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD, May 22 – Pakistan has begun a crackdown on online criticism of its powerful military, with up to 200 social media accounts under investigation, a security official said on Monday. The crackdown is being carried out by the civilian Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) after Interior Minister Chaudhry

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Iranian TV Executive Shot Dead in Turkey

ISTANBUL, April 30 – The head of an Iranian satellite television network who last year was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison by a Tehran court was shot dead in Istanbul together with a business partner, Turkey’s Dogan news agency said on Sunday. GEM TV founder Saeed Karimian and an associate were driving

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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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