Thursday, November 17, 2016

Free Press? Turkey's Erdogan Jails 120 Journalists

The jailing of journalists in Turkey is a response to a crackdown on news media following the attempted coup in July. Turkey has now surpassed China as the world's biggest jailer of journalists. Many of these charges are retroactive, which could undermine law in Turkey. Thousands of people, not just journalists, have been jailed for simply insulting President Erdogan. These people are often charged with terrorism. News outlets are being taken over by friends of the President and now, and most of the news published is not critical of the Turkish government. Turkey has a history of suppressing free speech.

-Hannah Friedle

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