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CPJ responds to media crackdown in Turkey

In response to the recent rapid growth in violations of press freedom in Turkey, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has launched the Turkey Crackdown Chronicle, a real-time diary of attacks on journalists and other media freedom abuses.

“The drastic deterioration of media freedom in Turkey in recent weeks necessitates rapid response and thorough documentation,” said the CPJ’s Nina Ognianova. “Journalists are being jailed, harassed, and expelled, news outlets are being shut down or taken over by the government, and coverage is impeded or censored. Turkey must reverse this offensive and uphold its international commitments to freedom of the press.”

The Turkey Crackdown Chronicle is updated daily, with events grouped by week. It features an interactive timeline giving an overview of developments in Turkey’s press freedom climate over the past two years.

At the end of 2015 there were 14 journalists imprisoned in Turkey, according to CPJ’s most recent annual prison census.