TURKISH MEDIA ATTACKS: Press freedom watchdog concerned over physical attacks on Turkey reporters

  Ankara, Turkey VIJAY SHAH via KIRA TVERSKAYA/Index on Censorship   Index on Censorship, an organisation championing press freedom and the rights of media workers, has expressed concern over a wave of physical attacks and assaults against journalists in Turkey, … Continue reading TURKISH MEDIA ATTACKS: Press freedom watchdog concerned over physical attacks on Turkey reporters

RADIO MASHAAL: Pakistan shuts down US-funded radio station

Islamabad – VIJAY SHAH via CPJ Pakistani media authorities have ordered Radio Mashaal, a radio station funded by the US, to close operations on the nation’s soil, causing protests and condemnation among advocates for freedom of the press, the¬†Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported on Friday. The shutdown affects Radio Mashaal‘s bureau in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. The radio station broadcasts in the Pashto language, a relative of Persian, which is spoken in Pakistan’s northern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and which is also a national language of neighbouring Afghanistan. The station is headquartered not in Pakistan, or indeed Asia, but in … Continue reading RADIO MASHAAL: Pakistan shuts down US-funded radio station

TURKEY COUP: Taraf journalists in ‘unfair’ trial

Istanbul, TURKEY VIJAY SHAH via Index on Citizenship Free expression advocate Index on Citizenship has launched a campaign this month to free several Turkish journalists who have been detained in the wake of the failed coup against president Recep Tayyip Erdogan which took place in July with the loss of 250 lives. In the crackdown that followed, thousands of police officers, generals, military stuff and others have been fired, transferred and arrested as the Erdogan administration seeks to purge the country of coup plotters and supporters. On the 2nd September (this past Friday), the final leg of a trial involving … Continue reading TURKEY COUP: Taraf journalists in ‘unfair’ trial