Monday, October 22, 2012

Turkish Dissent


“The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has waged one of the world’s biggest crackdowns on press freedom in recent history. Authorities have imprisoned journalists on a mass scale on terrorism or anti-state charges, launched thousands of other criminal prosecutions . . . .”

“CPJ has found highly repressive laws, particularly in the penal code and anti-terror law; a criminal procedure code that greatly favors the state; and a harsh anti-press tone set at the highest levels of government. Turkey’s press freedom situation has reached a crisis point.

—Committee to Protect Journalists,“Turkey's Press Freedom Crisis,” October 2012
CPJ finds that some 76 Turkish journalists have been jailed this year to shut them up; criminal charges are pending against a reported 5,000 journalists, many of them Kurds.
[Image: Istanbul protest held against imprisonment of Turkish journalists. HURRIYET DAILY NEWS/Emrah GÜREL

• Editorial Comment: Just after the European Union wins the Nobel Peace Prize, Turkey confirms that the squeaky wheel gets the thumb screws.

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