World Citizen: Assault on Press Freedom Threatens Turkey's Democracy

Frida Ghitis, Thursday, April 12, 2012, Column

Turkey's gradual transition to democracy under the rule of a moderate Islamist party has prompted much praise, along with a concerted effort -- particularly by Ankara -- to promote the Turkish model as a template for the post-Arab Uprising states. Indeed, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has achieved much since ascending to power a decade ago.

Democratic plaudits, however, miss a gaping crack in the democratic structure the AKP has built: the government's frontal assault against freedom of the press. ...