Zeynep Karataş, Today’s Zaman, May 3rd, 2015


any journalists have been detained on terrorism charges recently in Turkey, despite lack of evidence. At the beginning of this month, on World Press Freedom day, many veteran journalists and NGOs gathered in Istanbul crying out for the state of Turkish media and denouncing persecution by the party in power, the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (Justice and Development Party or AKP). The Platform for Independent Journalism released a statement declaring that “journalism in Turkey is in the intensive care unit“. Beyond this, the Government also pressures media owned by the opposition. Lately, journalist and television anchor Sedef Kabaş was detained because she posted tweets criticizing the way the Government was dealing with corruption cases. Osman Özsoy was sacked from a pro-Government newspaper in 2014 and detained this year because of a similarly critical point of view. Finally, the pressure on the Fourth Power is also exerted by denying accreditations to cover events.

Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu replied to the Prime Minister, Mr. Davutoğlu, when he praised the Constitution, that “there cannot be true democracy in a country whose media is not free. The raison d’être of democracy is the freedom of the media”.

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