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Siege tightens around Turkey’s critical newsrooms ahead of election

Government opponents fear Ankara will use all of its means to stifle unfavorable news and public debate ahead of crucial elections next year.
Turkey media

Turkey’s independent media – already dwindled and largely muted – finds itself under a tightening siege as the country heads for crucial elections next year. Pressure is rising on newsrooms in various forms, from broadcasting bans and financial penalties to judicial probes and new legal threats, including jail terms for spreading “untrue” information.

On Oct. 25, 11 reporters from two Kurdish news agencies were detained in police raids on their homes and offices in several cities, reportedly on suspicion of links to armed Kurdish militants. Balaclava-clad officers armed with long-barreled guns led the raids, according to a video clip the police posted on social media, drawing protests from media organizations. Sixteen reporters from the same agencies were arrested in June.

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