Al Jazeera is reporting that a Turkish court has charged four journalists and a writer with involvement in an alleged plot to overthrow the country’s government, a day after two prominent reporters were jailed pending trial.
Human Rights Watch said on Saturday the developments in the case had a “chilling effect” on free speech and urged Erdogan’s government to respect press freedom. Thousands of people also marched in Istanbul and Ankara, the capital, on Friday, to protest against the detentions.
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The International Federation of Journalists has teamed up with the non-profit Play the Game initiative to create an online resource for journalists covering the Beijing Olympics.
The Play the Game for Open Journalism site features: a list of reporters guides from industry groups such as Human Rights Watch; forums for journalists to discuss their experiences; and background information on Beijing.
The organisers will also be operating a helpline for journalists in China during the Olympics, who are facing pressure from authorities because of their work. The number for emergency assistance is + 32 475 76 13 92. To report