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Turkey jails journalists as president drops insult cases

Turkey imprisoned 23 journalists this weekend amid an ongoing purge purportedly targeting those linked to the July 15 coup attempt, while its president, citing the country’s unity in the wake of the failed bid, said he was withdrawing all insult complaints he has filed against detractors. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the one-time gesture was intended […]

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IPI warns Turkey set to lead in jailed journalists again – UPDATE

Turkish authorities today issued warrants to detain* for another 47 journalists, the second wave targeting media amid an ongoing purge by the government following the failed July 15 coup. The warrants target 47 former executives of the Zaman media group, which the government seized in March over its alleged connections to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah […]

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Turkey issues warrants to detain 42 journalists

Amid an ongoing purge, Turkish authorities today issued 42 warrants to detain* journalists with alleged links to the U.S.-based cleric the government accuses of orchestrating the failed July 15 coup. The AP reported that authorities had detained five of the journalists and that another 31 academics had been taken into custody. Initial reports suggested that one […]

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IPI voices fear for future of democracy in Turkey

The International Press Institute (IPI) today said it was deeply concerned about the future of democracy in Turkey, commenting that a growing crackdown on those accused of links to last weekend’s failed coup attempt risked fully plunging the country into authoritarianism. Parliament yesterday approved a three-month state of emergency giving President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sweeping […]

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