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Turkey: charges must be dropped in high-profile trial of journalists following failed coup

On 2 September, the first hearing will take place in a trial concerning three former senior editors of Taraf daily newspaper, Ahmet Altan (pictured above), Yasemin Çongar and Yıldıray Oğur; and two journalists, Mehmet Baransu and Tuncay Opçin. The undersigned organisations believe the trial to be politically motivated and call on the government to drop

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Report on crisis for press freedom in Turkey

Ahmet Şιk is an award-winning investigative journalist and author. In Journalism Under Siege, he describes how Turkey’s media ownership has been transformed, leading to a dominance of pro-government media in the country; intimidation, denial of accreditation and firing of critical journalists have further eroded independent reporting. Laws that curtail and criminalise investigative reporting have been

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Free speech groups intervene in David Miranda appeal

On 18 August 2013, David Miranda was detained at Heathrow Airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. He was carrying journalistic material relating to the Edward Snowden leaks from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro, on behalf of his partner, the investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald. This material was confiscated by British security personnel. David

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Malaysia: Drop sedition charges against cartoonist Zunar

Last week, English PEN had the honour of meeting Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque ‘Zunar’.  Zunar is currently facing nine charges under Malaysia’s Sedition Act, and his trial is due to begin in Malaysia today, 20 May 2015. If convicted, could face up to 43 years imprisonment. English PEN has therefore joined with our colleagues ARTICLE 19,

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