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Turkey cracks down on journalists, others as coronavirus rumors spread

Turkish journalists and social media users alike are facing charges for sharing "lies" and "manipulating the public" as Ankara finds its coronavirus responses under scrutiny.

ISTANBUL – A prominent Turkish journalist became the target of two criminal complaints late Monday evening after posting a tweet implying the state might require citizens to contribute personal savings to help fund the national coronavirus response.

Fatih Portakal, a popular and often critical anchor at the Fox News channel in Turkey, where the network is considered oppositional to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), was accused of “spreading lies and manipulating the public on social media,” according to the state-run Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

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