Turkey: Police Detain Online Editor of Opposition Newspaper in Latest Media Crackdown

The Turkish government has detained the editor in chief of the online edition of the newspaper Cumhuriyet, Oğuz Güven. The newspaper says it has not been given a reason for the detention, though state-run Turkish media reported the detention regarded a report published on the site regarding the death of a prosecutor.

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Gunman: I Shot at Jailed Turkish Journalist ‘To Teach Him a Lesson’

“If I wanted to kill him, I would have,” the gunman responsible for an assassination attempt against newspaper editor Can Dündar last week said of his attack, hours before Dündar was sentenced to five years in prison for publishing a report unfavorable to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Turkish Newspaper: Military Cooperating with Islamic State on Border

The Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet reported Monday that a prosecutor’s investigation had uncovered phone conversations between Turkish military officers and a senior Islamic State jihadist that indicate the military was aiding passage of ISIS jihadists into the Syrian war theater. The Cumhuriyet report,

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Turkish Journalists Go to Trial for Publishing Charlie Hebdo Cartoon

Turkey opened its trial against two journalists on Thursday for publishing the cover of French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo following the terrorist attack that took the lives of 11 people at the magazine’s headquarters. Hundreds of plaintiffs are alleging that, as Muslim readers, their personal offense at the images of Muhammad constitute a crime by the publishers.


Turkish TV Station Fined for Joke About Allah’s Butt

“Don’t point with your finger. God is everywhere, and with your finger you could be poking Him in His butt.” This dialogue from the Turkish version of the French television comedy Ah Biz Kadınlar (“Ah We Women”) just garnered its television station a fine from the Turkish state– not for its reference to an unsavory body part in a religious context, but for the use of the Turkish word for “God” rather than “Allah.”

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Turkish Police Raid Publication Distributing Charlie Hebdo Special Edition

Police raided the offices of Cumhuriyet, a Turkish daily newspaper, on January 14 in an attempt to prevent the newspaper from publishing a special Turkish edition of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, intended as an attack on the government’s increasingly Islamist rule over the NATO country.