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New banking regulations threaten press freedom in Turkey

Recent measures seeking to limit damaging information on the financial system pose new threats to press freedom in Turkey.
Journalists gather outside the Ankara courthouse on March 10, 2020 behind a banner reading in Turkish "journalism is not crime," to protest over jailing of journalists, sparked by the recent arrest of OdaTV's news director and a journalist's report on the funeral of a Turkish intelligence officer apparently killed in Libya. - The journalists were taken to an Istanbul court formally arrested them on suspicion of disclosing the identity of an intelligence agency official. RSF ranks Turkey 157th out of 180 cou

ISTANBUL — The Turkish media have come under increasing pressure in recent years as dozens of journalists remain behind bars and the country continues to rank toward the bottom of global press freedom indexes

Now, recently introduced banking regulations pose new threats for reporters covering economic developments in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, which media advocates say should be immediately revised to limit future prosecutions on journalists and domestic media organizations.

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