How Erdogan Turned Turkey’s War on Terror Into a War on Dissent

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses supporters during a rally for the upcoming referendum, Istanbul, Turkey, March 11, 2017 (AP photo by Kayhan Ozer)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses supporters during a rally for the upcoming referendum, Istanbul, Turkey, March 11, 2017 (AP photo by Kayhan Ozer)
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Over the past 18 months, terrorist attacks in Turkey have claimed over 400 lives, a dramatic increase that put pressure on authorities to take action. But the approach that Turkish authorities adopted has raised more concerns than it addressed: On Feb. 1, a month after a gunman affiliated with the so-called Islamic State killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve, the Supreme Council of Radio and Television, or RTUK, issued a notice to stations that effectively banned reporting on domestic terror. News outlets can no longer mention where a terrorist attack took place or who might […]

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