Muzzling the Press: Turkey’s Long War Against the Media

Journalists protest against the jailing of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper editor, Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 27, 2015 (AP photo by Burham Ozbilici).
Journalists protest against the jailing of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper editor, Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 27, 2015 (AP photo by Burham Ozbilici).
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On Nov. 26, the editor-in-chief and the Ankara bureau chief of Cumhuriyet, Turkey’s oldest newspaper, were detained on the grounds that they had “divulged state secrets” after they published articles and videos alleging that Turkey’s intelligence agency smuggled weapons to jihadists in Syria. The editor-in-chief, Can Dundar, had been scheduled to speak at a conference on press freedom in the Middle East at Boston College. He decided at the last minute not to attend, “for fear something might happen at Cumhuriyet while he was gone,” as one of the conference organizers told me. His fears were not unfounded. Turkish Prime […]

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