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01 Aug 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 16 May 2018 Slovak Republic

Slovak Police Seize Mobile Phone of Czech Investigative Reporter

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner IPI AEJ CPJ EFJ/IFJ Index
Partner IPI AEJ CPJ EFJ/IFJ Index
Police in Slovakia on 15 May 2018 seized a mobile phone belonging to prominent Czech investigative journalist Pavla Holcová during an eight-hour questioning in Bratislava. Holcová, the head of the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism, had been summoned to Slovakia, ostensibly in order to provide information related to the February murder of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak, with whom Holcová had collaborated to examine connections between the mafia and Slovak officials. However, police proceeded to question Holcová on matters not relevant to the murder investigation and that pertained to her journalistic work. Without prior warning, officials demanded access to her phone and eventually confiscated the device. Authorities did not offer a justification for the move.
Updates
01 Aug 2018
The Platform partners who submitted this alert acknowledge the reply of the Slovak authorities but consider that the Alert has not yet been satisfactorily resolved, given that certain grievances regarding the confiscation of the phone of Pavla Holcova and the conditions of her interrogation may not have received a full, adequate or appropriate response from the State authorities. Pavla Holcova considers that neither the police nor the prosecution have provided demonstrable proof that they did not decrypt her phone and access the contents. She contends that it is still not clear what happened to her phone between 15 May (the day it was seized) and 17 May (the day it was sealed). Pavla Holcova was only told by the authorities - after the return of the phone - that it was not needed any more. The Platform partners seek to follow, and potentially take a future position on, certain aspects of the case that are continuing to be dealt with or investigated. Firstly, we are following the decision of the Constitutional Court in relation to Pavla Holcova’s request that the national authorities invalidate the seizure order against her. Until the order is nullified, Platform partners believe that Ms Holcova could still be at potential risk of interference and harassment from the Slovak authorities, including the police or other state agencies. Invalidating such a seizure order would also send a positive signal that the actions of the relevant state authorities, which were acknowledged to have ‘exceeded the object of the investigation’, were unwarranted. What is more, until now the journalist has received no apology or offer of compensation which might be considered to be adequate redress for the unwarranted manner in which she was treated. In addition, it remains questionable to what extent the information on Ms Holcova’s phone may or may not have been accessed by the Slovak police or other state agencies. Platform partners are led to believe that further tests are being conducted independently to ascertain this. The conclusions of these tests will allow the Platform partners to make a further assessment of the extent to which the national authorities’ response was adequate. Given legal proceedings, and the time for testing, the Platform partners hope to provide a further position on the status of the alert without unnecessary delay.
State replies
04 Jul 2018
Statement of the Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the Council of Europe
Follow-ups
18 May 2018
'Protection of journalists' sources has to be recognized, (Pavla Holcova's) phone should be returned, privacy respected', says OSCE Media Freedom Representative
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31 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 31 Jul 2018 Cyprus

Death Threat Against Journalist Costas Constantinou

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ
On 20 July 2018, journalist Costas Constantinou has received a death threat on Facebook under his opinion post, marking the day of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. The journalist also broadcast his criticism of what was done in the aftermath of the Turkish Invasion through a radio discussion programme, identifying those who he said had benefited from it. His post was shared with a Facebook group "Dimokratiki Paremvasi" (Democratic Intervention), which has over 20 000 members. One of the comments posted in response said "someone should put a bullet through his head to end this. A Turk in every sense of the word". Costas Constantinou has regularly aired his views on political and social issues in Cyprus in his column and radio programmes in media owned by the Politis group, which is regarded as controversial in some circles. The journalist has also received anonymous threats and derogatory comments about his work in the past. The case was reported to the Chief of Police of Cyprus.
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31 Jul 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 25 May 2018 Ukraine

Russian Media Organisations Banned for Three Years in Ukraine

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ CPJ Index
Partner EFJ/IFJ CPJ Index
In a Presidential decree signed on 14 May 2018 and made public ten days later on 24 May, the authorities in Ukraine announced a new list of Russian companies and media organisations based in the country, targeted for sanctions. The new list includes Russian news agencies RIA Novosti, Rossiyasegodnya.rf, Sputniknews.com, Rsport.ria.ru, 1prime.ru, Realty.ria. ru and rian.com.ua as well as the TV channels rtr-planeta.com, russia.tv, vesti.ru, tvkultura.ru, digitalrussia.tv.

The decree, which bans Russian media organisations for three years, introduces measures such as blocking of assets, limiting or stopping the provision of telecommunications services and the use of public telecommunications networks, blocking access to their web sites.

The announcement comes a week after a RIA Novosti journalist was detained in Kyiv and accused of treason.
State replies
31 Jul 2018
Reply from the Government of Ukraine
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31 Jul 2018 Lvl. 2
State replied
Alert created on: 01 Jun 2018 Ukraine

Threats against the President of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine

Source of threatState
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Several journalists have been threatened in Ukraine, in a context of increasing verbal violence against the media and the journalists' organisations that challenge the actions of Ukrainian government. On 30 May 2018, Larissa Sargan, spokeswoman of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine, posted on her Facebook page a list of 26 so-called "traitors" who criticized the law enforcement authorities after the information about the “murder” in Kyiv of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko. The "murder" was in fact an operation in which Ukrainian security services (SBU) faked Babchenkos's assassination. Two journalists appear in Larissa Sargan's list of so-called traitors: Myroslava Gongadze and Sergiy Tomilenko, who is the President of the National Union of journalists of Ukraine. On 16 May 2018, Iryna Gerashchenko, first vice-speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, attacked verbally the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine. She accused the union to cooperate with the "Kremlin propagandists". In the following days, Sergiy Tomilenko was targeted by online threats (mainly Facebook posts and comments) calling the Ukrainian Security Services to imprison him.
State replies
31 Jul 2018
Reply from the Government of Ukraine
Follow-ups
06 Jun 2018
Ukrainian journalists and media must be able to express their opinions openly and freely, says OSCE Representative
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31 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
State replied
Alert created on: 04 May 2018 Germany

German Photographers Chased and Assaulted by Neo-Nazis

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner Index
Partner Index
On 29 April 2018, two freelance photographers were injured after being chased through the Thuringian countryside by Neo-Nazis armed with baseball bats, knives, a wrench and teargas.

The pair were initially pursued by car, then on foot when they had to abandon their car on a country road. One of the photographers suffered an open wound to his head from being hit with a wrench and the other was stabbed in his thigh. The assailants smashed the car windows and slashed its tires before fleeing with the photographic equipment.

The photographers were taking images and video footage of the home of Thorsten Heise, Thuringian leader of the far-right party National Democratic Party (NPD). Anti-Fascist group ALI called Hiese’s home a networking point and training camp for violent Neo-Nazis in a statement on 30 April, regional daily Märkishe Allgemeine reported. In the previous week Heise hosted the “Shield and Sword” festival in Saxony attended by over 1,000 Neo-Nazis from Germany and neighbouring countries, in which police intervened numerous times as militants had done the Nazi salute and displaying signs of proscribed organisations.

Police are investigating charges of robbery and attempted homicide and conducted a raid on Heise’s home the same day. Police press spokesperson Fränze Töpfer said the suspects are known to the police.
State replies
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31 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
No state reply yet
Alert created on: 31 Jul 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Violence against Journalists during Veteran Protest in Sarajevo

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ
A photojournalist of Klix.ba online news portal and several reporters of Al Jazeera Balkans TV were physically assaulted during army veteran protest in Sarajevo, on 26 July 2018. The photojournalist was approached by a protester and attacked with a metal rod after refusing to stop taking photographs. Reporters from Al Jazeera intervened in order to protect the photojournalist, but were attacked by other protesters.
Police has arrested the attacker, who was filmed assaulting the journalists and stating "it is not over". She will be prosecuted under the criminal law.
On 27 July, the editorial office of Klix.ba received an anonymous phone call of a man stating: "Yesterday, you escaped but this will not be the case again. We will find your reporters on the streets and chop their heads off". The case was reported to the local police.
Follow-ups
31 Jul 2018
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media condemns physical attack against two reporters of klix.ba & AJBalkans.
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26 Jul 2018 Lvl. 2
State replied
Alert created on: 12 Nov 2015 France

Around Ten Journalists from France Télévisions Assaulted by Residents

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 9 November 2015, around ten journalists working for public channels France 2 Bordeaux and France 3 Aquitaine were attacked by residents while following members of the Bird Protection League (LPO) during an operation against chaffinch poaching in the Landes. The journalists, as well as members of the LPO, were insulted and assaulted. A photo journalist from France 2 Bordeaux was jostled; his camera was stolen and hidden in a home of one of the residents. Tires were punctured on vehicles owned by the two channels. The altercation, lasting about fifteen minutes, required police intervention, during which the camera was returned to the journalist. The National Union of Journalists (SNJ) confirmed that "France 2 correspondents filed a complaint against assaults and threats, illicit "confiscation" of the camera, as well as vehicle damage".
Updates
26 Jul 2018
On 5 July 2018, the Court of Appeal of Pau released Eric Dutouya and sentenced Jean-Marc Dutouya for gun violence to a fine of 800 €uros, half of which was suspended. Patrick Dutouya was fined 1,000 €uros, half of which was suspended. The Court of Appeal also condemned the Dutouya brothers to pay 223 €uros to France Télévision for the material damage suffered while reporting.
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26 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 15 Dec 2016 Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani Journalist Afgan Sadikhov in Pre-trial Detention

Source of threatState
CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
Partner Article 19 AEJ CPJ Index RSF
No state reply yet
Partner Article 19 AEJ CPJ Index RSF
On 22 November 2016, police arrested Afgan Sadikhov, a journalist and editor-in-chief of AzelTV news website, known for his reporting on embezzlement of public funds. Sadikhov was arrested in Gazakh region and was later transferred to Jalilabad city, where the Jalilabad District Court sentenced him to three month’s pre-trial detention on charges of “deliberate infliction of minor harm to health in a publicly dangerous way or through motives of hooliganism” under article 127.2.3 of the Criminal Code. Sadikhov faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred shortly before Sadhikov’s arrest. According to Sadikhov's family, he was summoned to meet with the local authorities, but on arriving at the spot was physically attacked by a local woman, who then filed a complaint to the law-enforcement against him. The woman has been previously involved in a number of similar altercations with individuals known for their criticism of regional authorities.

Sadikhov wrote extensively about the poor conditions of roads and social infrastructure in Jalilabad region. According to his mother, prior to his arrest Sadikhov received several warnings demanding he stop his criticism.
Updates
26 Jul 2018
On 23 May 2018, Afgan Sadikov was released from prison and on 7 July 2018 placed under "administrative detention" for 30 days. At the end of his administrative detention, he was released and is currently free.
13 Nov 2017
On 8 November 2017, the Supreme Court held Afgan Sadikhov's appeal hearing and ruled to reduce his jail term to one year and six months by changing the original charges brought against him.
25 May 2017
On 25 May 2017, the Shirvan Court of Appeal rejected Sadikhov`s request for appeal.
09 Mar 2017
On 9 March 2017, the head of the Jalilabad District filed a lawsuit against Sadikhov for aggravated defamation.
12 Jan 2017
On 12 January 2017, the District Court of Jalilabad sentenced Afgan Sadikhov to 2 years and 6 months in prison on hooliganism charges.
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25 Jul 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 25 Jul 2018 Russian Federation

Russia Bans Estonian Journalists over "Russophobia" Allegations

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 6 June 2018, the Russian Minister of Foreign affairs informed the Ambassador of Estonia to Russian Federation and the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the publication of a list of people who are banned from entering Russia. The list includes 20 Estonian public figures. Three of them are journalists. As announced by Artyom Kozhin, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they are listed for having expressed “Russophobia”. The statement also confirms that the list was issued in response to the decision of the Estonian government to impose an entry ban on 49 Russians included on the Magnitsky List. The banned Estonian journalists are Ainar Ruussaar, working as special reporter for media house Eesti Media and daily newspaper Postimees, Eerki Bahovski, editor of a monthly foreign politics publication and employee of the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS), and Toomas Alatalu, freelance foreign politics analyst and journalist, member of the Estonian Association of Journalists.
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24 Jul 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 24 Jul 2018 Italy

Journalist Roberto Saviano Sued by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ RSF
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ RSF
Italian journalist and writer Roberto Saviano has been sued on 20 July 2018 by the Italian Minister of Interior and leader of right-wing League party Matteo Salvini on defamation. Minister accuses Saviano of accusing him of an alleged support for the mafia. Earlier, Salvini called on Twitter for reviewing current police protection for journalists, to which Saviano responded in calling Salvini “a buffoon” and “minister of the underworld”, followed by critique on his immigration policies. In his work, Saviano exposed the work and influence of Camorra mafia in Campania region of Italy in a publication “Gomorrah” (2006). Journalist has been critical towards current migration policy applied by current office of the Minister of Interior and the League party. Saviano has collaborated with local and international newspapers in line with his work on Camorra crime syndicate and organised crime in general. Due to the numerous death threats the journalist received for his work, Saviano is under regular police protection.
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23 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 23 Jul 2018 Italy

Death Threats to Journalist Marilù Mastrogiovanni

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 12 July 2018, journalist Marilù Mastrogiovanni of the Sicilian newspaper "Il Tacco" was targeted with death threats that flooded her professional email account. "Il Tacco" reported that this was not the first occasion the journalist had been subjected to intimidation attempts, and that the level of protection for her and her family had been increased. The death threats followed a publication on "Il Tacco" covering relations between organised crime and tourism business. Two weeks before the death threats, bags of rubbish were thrown into backyard of Mastrogiovanni's home, following a series of similar cases against her. The local authorities are investigating the situation. Marilù Mastrogiovanni is an investigative journalist, covering corruption, economic and political relations between organised crime and business sector in Salento (Southern Italy).
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23 Jul 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 23 Jul 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Director and Management Team of RTV USK Dismissed for Undisclosed Reasons

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 2 July 2018, the Director Izet Mustafić and management team of local Bosnian public TV station RTV Una-Sana Canton (RTV USK) were dismissed for undisclosed reasons, which is perceived by local civil community and journalists to be a result of long-term systematic pressure and threats from the government and Assembly of the Una-Sana Canton. Following media reports, it is suspected that the local government replaced the management with people more favourably aligned with local political views. The Bosnia and Herzegovina Journalist Association (BHJA) reported that journalist and editorial staff of RTV USK were being both threatened and experiencing pressure from political figures of local government for possible reasons of criticising local political decisions.
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20 Jul 2018 Lvl. 2
State replied
Alert created on: 06 Jul 2018 Greece

Greek Journalist Tony Bosnakoudis Detained when Investigating Police and Bus Company Links to Illegal Traffickers

Source of threatState
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 25 May 2018, a Greek journalist, Tony Bosnakoudis, member of the ESPIT Press Union was detained for three hours, until after midnight, by police officers of the Alexandroupolis Police Station belonging to the DIAS Group. Between May 30 and June 22, the journalist was allegedly targeted five times by local police officers who used different means to intimidate him. The journalist was arrested outside of the local Evros Bus Station (KTEL) even though the policemen had seen his press card delivered by ESPIT press union. This incident immediately followed him telling them he was investigating complaints against KTEL and police officers for assisting the trafficking of undocumented and illegally arriving foreigners/migrants sent to Greece by Turkish trafficking networks. ESPIT has denounced the arrest and detainment of its member “noting that this is not the first time that colleagues have been attacked by police forces, during reporting, with inappropriate conduct and abuse of power".
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20 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
State replied
Alert created on: 20 Jul 2016 Ukraine

Journalist Pavel Sheremet Killed in Car Explosion

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryImpunity for murder
Partner Index Article 19 AEJ EFJ/IFJ
Partner Index Article 19 AEJ EFJ/IFJ
Pavel Sheremet, a journalist working for online investigative newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda and Radio Vesti, was killed in a car explosion on Wednesday 20 July 2016.

According to Ukrayinska Pravda, the car blew up on the corner of Khmelnytsky and Franko streets in Kyiv. This car belonged to Olena Prytula, editor at Ukrayinska Pravda, but she wasn’t in the car at the time. According to Radio Vesti's website, the journalist was heading to the radio's office to host his morning show when the car exploded.

Pavel Sheremet, 44, was a Belarusian journalist and TV host who was imprisoned by the government of Belarus in 1997 and has been working outside of Belarus for a long time. He previously worked in Russia as TV host and journalist before moving to Kyiv around five years ago.
Updates
20 Jul 2018
Marking the second anniversary of the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet, the partner organisations decided to transfer this case to the category of “Impunity”, given the little progress in the investigation. They renew their call urging the Ukrainian authorities to carry out a full, independent and effective investigation of the murder.
13 Jul 2017
On 11 July, during a meeting with Sheremet's family and a CPJ delegation, Ukrainian President Poroshenko proposed adding an internationally recognized investigator to the team inquiring into Sheremet`s killing.
State replies
14 Feb 2017
Reply from the Government of Ukraine
Follow-ups
20 Jul 2017
OSCE media freedom representative urges authorities in Ukraine and other OSCE participating States to end impunity for murders of journalists.
05 Aug 2016
Statement by Marina Kaljurand, Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Estonia
21 Jul 2016
OSCE Representative condemns murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet in Ukraine
21 Jul 2016
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe strongly condemns the appalling murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet and calls on the Ukrainian authorities and law-enforcement agencies to quickly and effectively investigate this crime.
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18 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
No state reply yet
Alert created on: 20 Jun 2018 Turkey

Journalist Hakan Gülseven in Jail for an Article

Source of threatState
CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 19 June 2018, the journalist and writer Hakan Gülseven contributing for Yurt newspaper was sent to prison when he could not pay the penalty he was convicted in 2014 following his article harshly critizing the former governor of Sakarya Hüseyin Avni Coş published in Yurt newspaper on 11 November 2013. Mr Gülseven was tried for "insulting a public official for his public services" and handed down an 11 month and 20 day jail sentence, which the court later commuted to a 7,000 TL fine. The Yurt daily could not pay the fine and the verdict has now been converted to 350 days in prison.
Updates
18 Jul 2018
On 20 June 2018, Hakan Gülseven was released after his friends paid for his fine.
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17 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
State replied
Alert created on: 27 Nov 2015 Turkey

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

Source of threatState
CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
Partner RSF AEJ EFJ/IFJ Index
Partner RSF AEJ EFJ/IFJ Index
On 26 November 2015, at the request of Istanbul prosecutor’s office, Can Dündar, editor of the daily Cumhuriyet and its Ankara representative Erdem Gül were taken before a judge and placed in pre-trial detention on charges of membership of a terrorist organization, espionage and divulging state secrets.

Dündar and Gül were investigated in connection with an article published in May 2015 about allegations that Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) had been delivering arms to rebels in Syria. The newspaper produced a video and photos to support the claim.

In June 2015, after Cumhuriyet published the video, President Erdoğan had personally filed a complaint accusing Dündar of spying, and publicly vowed that he would ‘not get away with it.’ Since then, Cumhuriyet and Dündar were being investigated on the basis of a criminal complaint referring to several articles of the Turkish penal code. The imprisonment of the two journalists is additional evidence that the Turkish authorities are suppressing independent journalism in Turkey.

In April 2015, Can Dündar was already the subject of an alert on the Council of Europe platform, regarding his prosecution on charges of insulting Turkey’s President Erdoğan and violating the confidentiality of an investigation. Dündar had published a series of articles about a corruption investigation by prosecutors in which close associates of Mr Erdoğan were implicated.

The high number of lawsuits initiated on behalf of President Erdoğan against journalists critical of the government are consistent with a concerted attempt to intimidate his opponents to remain silent about issues which are manifestly of public interest.
Updates
17 Jul 2018
On 16 July 2018, the 14th Heavy Penal Court in Istanbul ruled to acquit Erdem Gul of charges of “publishing state secrets”. Her remains on trial in another case over the MIT trucks stories, in which he is charges of ‘helping a terrorist organisation’.
28 Jul 2017
On 28 July 2017, an Istanbul court issued an interim judgment in the trial of 17 Cumhuriyet journalists and executives. This judgment states that the arrest warrant formerly issued against Can Dündar, who is tried in absentia, remains further in effect.
01 Jun 2016
The Istanbul 14th High Criminal Court’s ruling from May 2016 was appealed by the two journalists. The case is pending before the Supreme Court of Appeals. Can Dündar fled the country to seek asylum in Germany. Erdem Gül is waiting for the appeal verdict.
10 May 2016
On 6 May 2016, the Istanbul 14th High Criminal Court convicted Can Dündar and Erdem Gül --the former for ‘obtaining and revealing state secrets’, the latter for ‘revealing state secrets’. They were respectively sentenced to five years and 10 months and five years in prison. Shortly before the Court's decision earlier that day, Dundar survived an attempted shooting where the gunman instead wounded another journalist reporting on the Court case. Both journalists were acquitted of charges of trying to overthrow the government and espionage. But the Court ordered that the charges of “knowingly and willfully” helping a terrorist organization must be separated from the trial in order to await a verdict in a separate case against the two men on charges of supporting terrorist organisations. The Court has also ordered the lifting of the ban on the two journalists’ rights to leave the country and ruled that their political rights, including the right to vote, should be restored.
29 Mar 2016
On 25 March 2016, an Istanbul court ruled for the whole trial of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül to be held in camera. The hearing was adjourned until 1st April 2016.
26 Feb 2016
Can Dündar and Erdem Gül were freed in the early hours of 26 February 2016 after Turkey's Constitutional Court ruled that their detentions had violated their rights.
25 Feb 2016
On 25 February 2016, by a 12-3 vote, the plenary of the Turkish Constitutional Court ruled that Can Dündar and Erdem Gül's right to freedom and security, right to express and disseminate thought, and the freedom of press as guaranteed by Articles 19, 26 and 28 of the Constitution had been violated.
28 Jan 2016
On 27 January 2016, during a court hearing in Istanbul, prosecution demanded “aggravated life imprisonment and imprisonment up to 30 years” for Can Dündar and Erdem Gül.
01 Dec 2015
RSF launches international appeal for release of ​Cumhuriyet journalists
State replies
15 Dec 2015
Statement of the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the Council of Europe to the 1242nd meeting of the Ministrers' Deputies
07 Dec 2015
Response of the Turkish Government (information provided by the Ministry of Justice)
Follow-ups
25 Jul 2017
OSCE media freedom representative calls on Turkey to release imprisoned journalists
13 May 2016
The Council of Europe Secretary General refers to the case of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül in his address to the Committee of Ministers on 11 May 2016.
10 Mar 2016
The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe expresses its serious concern at recent developments in Turkey with respect to restrictions on media freedom and access to pluralistic information, challenges to the decisions of the Constitutional Court.
03 Mar 2016
Secretary General welcomes the release of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül in his address to the Committee of Ministers
26 Feb 2016
Secretary General Jagland welcomes the release of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül.
14 Jan 2016
CoE Secretary General mentions the continuing detention of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül in his allocution to the Committee of Ministers about the outcome of the meeeting of the informal working group on freedom of expression in Turkey
03 Dec 2015
CoE Secretary General focuses on the arrest of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül in his address to the Committee of Ministers
30 Nov 2015
Hürriyet Daily News article quoting the statement by the spokesperson of European Council Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland
27 Nov 2015
OSCE Representative condemns arrest of journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, urges Turkey not to proceed with charges
27 Nov 2015
Ingebjørg Godskesen and Nataša Vuckovic, co-rapporteurs for PACE’s post-monitoring dialogue with Turkey question arrests of leading journalists
27 Nov 2015
Statement by Nils Muiznieks, CoE Commissioner for Human Rights
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17 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 07 Oct 2016 Russian Federation

Masterminds still not Brought to Justice, Ten Years after the Murder of Novaya Gazeta Journalist Anna Politkovskaya

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryImpunity for murder
Partner EFJ/IFJ Article 19 AEJ CPJ Index IPI RSF
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Partner EFJ/IFJ Article 19 AEJ CPJ Index IPI RSF
On 7 October 2006, Anna Politkovskaya, a Novaya Gazeta journalist and one of Russia’s most respected investigative reporters, was found shot dead in a presumed contract killing in her apartment block in central Moscow.

On 9 June 2014, after several arrests, releases and retrials, the Moscow’s highest criminal court sentenced five men to prison for the murder of the journalist. Two organisers of the team that murdered Ms Politkovskaya received life sentences in prison.

However, the case remains unresolved until now because of significant indications that those convicted were fulfilling a contract killing to silence an investigative journalist on somebody else’s orders. The investigation has still not revealed who stood behind the killing and the motive for the murder.

Ms Politkovskaya wrote accurately about human rights abuses in Chechnya and was known for her criticism of the policies of the Russian President and Government in the region.

On the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Ms Politkovskaya, all the partner organisations of this Platform are jointly submitting this case of ongoing impunity following the murder of the journalist. The eight organisations together call on the government of the Russian Federation to ensure that all those responsible for her violent death are brought to justice through an open and transparent judicial process. And they call for renewed and determined measures to be taken to end impunity for all crimes committed against journalists in Russia.

The case will remain open and unresolved until all those who ordered this crime are identified and brought to justice.
Follow-ups
17 Jul 2018
In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Mazepa and Others v. Russia (application no. 15086/07) the European Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Article 2 (right to life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. It ruled that investigation of journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s murder failed to look properly into who commissioned the crime.
07 Oct 2016
Impunity for crimes committed against journalists in Russia must end, OSCE Representative says on tenth anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s death
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09 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
No state reply yet
Alert created on: 09 Jul 2018 Turkey

Three Newspapers and one TV Station Closed by Decree-Law

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ Index
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ Index
On 9 July 2018, the Turkish government issued a decree-law firing 18,632 civil servants due to their alleged ties to “terrorist groups” and closing 12 associations, three newspapers and one TV station. The decree also dismissed 199 academics, some of whom were among the signers of the Academics for Peace initiative, which called on the Turkish government to halt military operations in the country’s southeast. Among the closed newspapers, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi had been seized by the government in March when trustees were appointed to the board. Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, an İstanbul based daily, was the successor of Özgür Gündem, which was closed by a decree in October 2016 over “terrorist propaganda”. Halkın Nabzı, an İstanbul-based daily established in 2013 whose editor-in-chief, İshak Karakaş, had been briefly detained over his protest against a Turkish military offensive in Afrin, northern Syria, was also closed down. Welat, the Diyarbakır-based successor of Azadiya Welat (closed by a decree in October 2016), a Kurdish language daily, was also shuttered by the decree. The assets of the closed associations and media outlets were transferred to the Treasury.
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09 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 28 Jul 2017 Bulgaria

Bulgarian TV Presenter Assaulted and Injured in Central Sofia

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CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner AEJ Index
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On 25 July 2017, Ivo Nikodimov, a presenter for Bulgarian National Television, was attacked in broad daylight by three unknown assailants in Borisova Gradina park in central Sofia. The three men, thought to be in their 20s, beat him, breaking his nose and causing other facial injuries before escaping from the scene. The journalist underwent surgery for his broken nose in a nearby hospital. Later he reported that the attackers did not reply when he demanded to know why they were attacking him. None of his belongings were taken. Mr Nikodimov is a nationally-known public figure and an experienced reporter on criminal and legal affairs, who has received threats in the past because of his work. So far investigators have not found evidence linking this attack to the journalist’s work, but a senior Interior Ministry official characterised the assault as a hate crime. Bulgaria’s media regulator, the Council of Electronic Media, expressed alarm at the attack on a prominent journalist, saying that acts of violence against well-known figures are aimed at instilling fear. Bulgarian National TV stated that aggression against journalists is tantamount to an attack on free expression and called for the culprits to be found and punished. One day before the attack on Ivo Nikodimov two notaries suffered a similar assault in the same area. The authorities say investigations are ongoing into the incidents.
Resolved
09 Jul 2018: On 9 July 2018, considering that the investigation carried out by the authorities confirmed that the attack against Ivo Nikodimov was not linked to his professional activities, and taking also into account the commitment of the authorities to continue the process of identification of the perpetrators, as expressed in the Bulgarian authorities’ reply to this alert, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be ‘resolved’, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
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Alert created on: 06 Jul 2018 Ukraine

Draft Bill to Allow Blocking of Internet Sites Without a Court Order

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ RSF
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On 4 July 2018, the Ukrainian Parliament’s Committee on security and defence approved a draft bill that would enable prosecution and the National Security and Defence Council to block Internet sites they deem threatening to national security without a court ruling. According to the bill, Internet sites, can be blocked temporarily if they “threaten national security” or “have an impact on decision-making, or the action or inaction, of national or local government bodies, officials of these bodies, associations of citizens, or legal entities”. Internet providers would have to purchase equipment that would allow the security services to monitor traffic and block websites when they find it necessary. If Internet providers fail to comply, they have to pay fines of 1% of their annual revenues, for repeat offenses the fine is 5%.
A number of media watchdogs assessed the bill as a way to introduce Internet censorship and violate privacy on the Internet. According to the MPs supporting the draft amendments, the bill wasn’t aimed at restricting the freedoms of internet users but at combating terrorism and cyber-terrorist activities. The bill is expected to be discussed in Parliament later this month (July 2018).
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06 Jul 2018
OSCE Representative raises concerns regarding Ukrainian draft law to counter threats to national security in the information sphere.
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4 April 2016

Several Vehicles Belonging to POP TV Vandalised in Ljubljana

18 March 2016

Journalists Levan Sutidze, Irakli Kiknavelidze and Nino Macharashvili Attacked in Tbilisi

15 March 2016

TV Journalist Eni Shehu Attacked by the Director of the National Theatre

10 March 2016

Attacks on the Independence of Croatian Public Broadcaster and Broadcast Regulator

10 March 2016

Journalists and Human Rights Activists Attacked in Ingushetia

4 March 2016

Gojko Raičević Regularly Targeted by Authorities in Montenegro

3 March 2016

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

26 February 2016

Poland Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

26 February 2016

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

25 February 2016

Belgian Journalist Assaulted Live on Air at the Cologne Carnival

11 February 2016

Molotov Cocktails and Gun Attacks on Yeni Şafak and Yeni Akit Newspapers

25 January 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

14 January 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

12 January 2016

Cumhuriyet Journalist Canan Coşkun Faces 23 Years in Prison for Alleged Insult

11 January 2016

Journalist Beyza Kural Briefly Detained and Threatened with Violence by Police While Covering Protest

11 January 2016

'Today's Zaman' Journalist Bülent Keneş Arrested

8 January 2016

ABC News Cameraman Attacked and Detained for Three Hours by Police

5 January 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

15 December 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

15 December 2015

UK Draft Bill on Surveillance Threatens Protection of Journalists' Sources

7 December 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

3 December 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

1 December 2015

Kurdish Daily Attacked, Doors Broken and 32 Journalists Interrogated

30 November 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

30 November 2015

Two Turkish Journalists, Cevheri Güven and Murat Çapan, Charged with "Inciting Armed Rebellion"

27 November 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

27 November 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

27 November 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

25 November 2015

Turkey: Seizure of Media Holding, with Police Raids and Temporary Closure of Two Major Television Channels, Days Prior to Elections

24 November 2015

Serbian Journalist Predrag Blagojević Assaulted by Police at a Music Festival over Identification

17 November 2015

Detention of the Vice News Fixer Mohammed Ismael Rasool

17 November 2015

Hürriyet Journalist Ahmet Hakan Threatened and Attacked

16 November 2015

Police Used Teargas Against a Group of About 30 Journalists

12 November 2015

Three Media Staff Assaulted at Pegida Rally

12 November 2015

Journalist Attacked in Paris by Members or Supporters of the Jewish Defense League

12 November 2015

Serbian Investigative Journalist Ivan Ninić Suffers Brutal Attack

10 November 2015

UK Draft Bill on Surveillance Threatens Protection of Journalists' Sources

30 October 2015

Turkey: Seizure of Media Holding, with Police Raids and Temporary Closure of Two Major Television Channels, Days Prior to Elections

30 October 2015

Turkey: Seizure of Media Holding, with Police Raids and Temporary Closure of Two Major Television Channels, Days Prior to Elections

30 October 2015

Turkey: Seizure of Media Holding, with Police Raids and Temporary Closure of Two Major Television Channels, Days Prior to Elections

23 October 2015

Spanish Public Security Law Threatens Freedom of Press

22 October 2015

Journalist Seyithan Akyüz Sentenced to more than 22 Years

22 October 2015

Art and Literature Journalist Erdal Süsem Serving Life Sentence in Turkey

22 October 2015

Left-Wing Female Journalist Hatice Duman Serving Life-Time Imprisonment in Turkey

22 October 2015

Journalist Kenan Karavil Sentenced to more than 19 Years

22 October 2015

Alawite Journalist Miktat Algül Sentenced to 61 Years in Turkey

22 October 2015

Journalist Mustafa Gök Serving Life Sentence in Turkey

22 October 2015

Journalist Erol Zavar, Suffering from a Cancer, is Serving Life Sentence in Turkey

22 October 2015

Turkish Cartoonists Bahadır Baruter and Özer Aydoğan Found Guilty of Insulting President Erdoğan

22 October 2015

Police Violence Against a Journalist Covering Protests in Turkey

22 October 2015

Newspaper Editor Prosecuted for Insulting the President over Reports about a Judicial Corruption Probe

22 October 2015

Dutch Journalist Charged with ‘Terrorism’ in Turkey

14 October 2015

'Today's Zaman' Journalist Bülent Keneş Arrested

1 October 2015

Hürriyet Journalist Ahmet Hakan Threatened and Attacked

1 October 2015

Hürriyet Journalist Ahmet Hakan Threatened and Attacked

24 September 2015

Georgian TV Channel Rustavi 2 Faces Crippling Court Measures in Civil Case

17 September 2015

Ukraine Bans 38 European Journalists and Bloggers over “National Interest, Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity"

17 September 2015

Ukraine Bans 38 European Journalists and Bloggers over “National Interest, Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity"

15 September 2015

Turkish Special Operations Team Attacks Journalists Covering the Transfer of Injured Police Officer to a Hospital

9 September 2015

Serbian Investigative Journalist Ivan Ninić Suffers Brutal Attack

8 September 2015

Journalist Fired over Tweets Critical of Erdoğan

1 September 2015

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

1 September 2015

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

1 September 2015

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

28 August 2015

Murder of Azerbaijani Journalist Rasim Aliyev

28 August 2015

Attacks and Intimidation on Journalists Covering Workers’ Strikes in Turkey

28 August 2015

Meydan TV Director Emin Milli Threatened for Critical Reporting on European Games

27 August 2015

DIHA Journalist Cüneyt Yavuz Injured in Tear Gas Canister Attack During Clashes Between Police and Protesters

27 August 2015

Turkey’s Chief Prosecutor Seeks 7.5 Year Jail Term Against 18 Journalists over Siege Picture

27 August 2015

LGBT Journalist Beaten by Police Officers

25 August 2015

Serbian Journalist Predrag Blagojević Assaulted by Police at a Music Festival over Identification

21 August 2015

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

11 August 2015

Journalists Beaten and Arrested while Covering Protest Demonstration

10 August 2015

Murder of Azerbaijani Journalist Rasim Aliyev

3 August 2015

Journalist Sergei Ilchenko Jailed on Extremism Charges in Moldova’s Transdniester Region

9 July 2015

Journalist Lukasz Masiak Beaten to Death

30 June 2015

Electoral Coverage under Political Control in Spain

24 June 2015

French Journalist at the Origin of LuxLeaks Revelations Charged in Luxembourg

1 June 2015

Journalist Seymour Hazi Sentenced on Hooliganism Charges

1 June 2015

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

1 June 2015

Journalist Nijat Aliyev Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail in Baku

1 June 2015

Senior Journalist Araz Guliyev Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Azerbaijan

1 June 2015

Trumped-up Charges and Trial Without Due Process to Silence an Azerbaijani Journalist

1 June 2015

Independent Senior Journalist Parviz Hashimli Jailed in Azerbaijan

1 June 2015

Media Freedom Activist Emin Huseynov Charged with Tax Evasion and Abuse of Power

21 May 2015

Slovenian Investigative Journalist Anuška Delić Charged over “Intelligence Material”

20 May 2015

France Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

15 May 2015

Two Danish Journalists Prosecuted for Exposing a Public Health Hazard

15 May 2015

Spanish Public Security Law Threatens Freedom of Press

12 May 2015

Administrative Blocking of Websites "Inciting Terrorism"

12 May 2015

France Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

6 May 2015

France Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

28 April 2015

French Journalist at the Origin of LuxLeaks Revelations Charged in Luxembourg

22 April 2015

Macedonian Journalist Faces Death Threat

13 April 2015

Slovenian Investigative Journalist Anuška Delić Charged over “Intelligence Material”

13 April 2015

France Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

2 April 2015

Forced Closure of Crimean Tatar-Language Media Outlets

2 April 2015

Forced Closure of Crimean Tatar-Language Media Outlets

22 January 2015

Investigative Journalist Sergei Reznik Handed a 3-Year Jail Term for ‘Insults’ Charges in Russia

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