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IN TURKEY MEDIA SELF CENSOR THEMSELVES

After Erdogan presidential election the chilling effect is rapidly spreading among Turkish mediaand Ambering Zaman - a reporter for The Economist and Taraf - is one of the last journalist he focused his intimidation techniques on.

Indeed, Erdogan has exposed her to public shame and outrage just because, during the election campaign, the woman has repeatedly expressed her negative opinions about his politics. For the very same reason she also has been targeted on social media by radical groups forcing her to interrupt her activity out of fear.

The country has recently become more and more popular for attacks on press freedom and for theincreasing number of journalists in prison. Unfortunately, Zaman is just one of the many Turkish reporters victim of their president threats; many are the names popped up in the last month, only to mention a couple: Enis Berberoglu, editor-in-chief of Hurriyet, was forced to resign, while Mehmet Baransu, an investigative journalist, was beaten by police and detained by Istanbul public prosecutor because he tweeted about it.

They are just examples of direct and indirect control over media, especially television, that Erdogan is able to employ and he has already disclosed his concrete plans to expand these powers.

 

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

(Source: Index on Censorship)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.