In Istanbul, Turkish journalists accused of supporting terrorism have gone on trial. Are they targets of Turkey's crackdown on press freedom? DW spoke with Arne Lietz (MEP, Social Democrats) who was in the courtroom today.
The number of jailed journalists has hit a historic high for the second consecutive year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists' press freedom snapshot. China and Egypt join Turkey as the worst offenders.
The Uzbek national has confessed to firing indiscriminately at a crowd of revelers at a famous nightclub in Istanbul. He claimed a Russian operative of the "Islamic State" militant group ordered him to commit the attack.
International artists have called for the release of the German-Turkish journalist and publisher who on Sunday will have been held for 300 days without charge. He was moved from solitary detention a few days ago.
A pair of arrested reporters has been charged under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, for which violations are punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Myanmar has arrested several journalists in recent months.
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