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Shameful Examples Emerge Of Press Censorship in Turkey

A Turkish newspaper’s censorship of its own ombudsman rings alarm bells over the issue of press freedom in Turkey.
A man sells newspapers to people as they leave the subway station at Taksim Square in Istanbul June 4, 2013. Pockets of protesters clashed with Turkish riot police overnight and a union federation began a two-day strike on Tuesday as anti-government demonstrations in which two people have died stretched into a fifth day. Hundreds of police and protesters have been injured since Friday, when a demonstration to halt construction in a park in an Istanbul square grew into mass protests against a heavy-handed po
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Each time a political crisis embarrasses Turkey’s government, the noose around the freedom of the Turkish press gets a bit tighter.

In February, the daily Milliyet faced Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s wrath when it published the minutes of a meeting between three parliament members and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan on the prison island of Imrali, held as part of Ankara’s Kurdish peace drive.

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