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Threats to subscribers force Zaman Germany to cease publishing

The Turkish-language Zaman newspaper has decided to halt its operations in Germany after its readers received threats over their subscriptions to the paper, Deutsche Welle…

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Truth has come, and falsehood has departed,’ reads Quran verse hung on Gülenist-turned-religious school

A private school affiliated with the Gülen movement in Bursa province has been turned into a religious vocational school – known as imam-hatip schools –…

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Turkish consulate in Rotterdam asks to be informed about Erdoğan insults April 22, 2016

The Turkish Consulate General in Dutch city of Rotterdam has sent e-mail to Turkish expats as well as some civil society organizations in the country,…

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US human rights report slams Turkey over restrictions on freedoms, politicized judiciary

The US State Department’s annual human rights report on Wednesday strongly criticized Turkish government’s growing pressure on the media and its interference with freedom of…

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Pro-gov’t journalist joins Hürriyet daily’s ranks

Journalist Abdülkadir Selvi who was the Ankara bureau chief of the pro-government Yeni Şafak daily has joined the Hürriyet daily’s ranks as a columnist. The…

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OSCE calls on Turkey not to prosecute journalists for their reporting

On the eve of the trial in Turkey of Cumhuriyet daily journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, a representative from the Organization for Security and…

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News manager of pro-gov’t Yeni Akit appointed as new Zaman editor-in-chief

News manager of a staunchly pro-government newspaper, Yeni Akit, Kenan Kıran has been appointed as the new editor-in-chief of Turkey’s Zaman newspaper, which was Turkey’s…

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Draft law allowing profiling of citizens passes in parliament

The Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM)The draft law on the Protection of Personal Data — which envisages granting sweeping new powers to the intelligence services…

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Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief Akarçeşme fired by trustees after takeover

Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief Sevgi Akarçeşme has announced that she was fired by trustees who took over the management of the Feza Media Group on March…

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Reactions pour in against gov’t-orchestrated takeover of Zaman daily

Reactions have mounted in Turkey against a government-orchestrated move to seize the nation’s best-selling newspaper Zaman and its affiliate publications including Today’s Zaman as part…

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HRW says Zaman takeover aims to eradicate opposition, calls on Turkish gov’t to reverse it

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) said a ruling by an İstanbul court to appoint trustees to Turkey’s largest media group, Feza Media Group, is the…

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Seized Gülen dormitory ransacked, becomes home to junkies

A private dormitory in İstanbul’s Esenyurt district has become home to junkies and has been ransacked by unknown parties on multiple occasions since the residence…

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