The Historical Roots of Turkey’s Crackdown on Free Speech

The Historical Roots of Turkey’s Crackdown on Free Speech
Journalists protest the jailing of opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper's editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Ankara representative Erdem Gul, Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 27, 2015 (AP photo by Burhan Ozbilici).

This week on the Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and host Peter Dörrie discuss China’s infrastructure schemes in Southeast Asia, Poland’s right-wing government and presidents-for-life in Rwanda and Burundi. In the Report, Nate Schenkkan explains the Turkish government’s long war against the media and freedom of expression.


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You can follow Nate Shenkkan on Twitter @nateschenkkan.

Trend Lines is produced, edited and hosted by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

Additional audio credits:

Threats, raids and arrests: Turkey’s media clampdown by Al Jazeera English
CPJ: Turkey is Leading Jailer of Journalists by VOA News
Raids across Turkey target media outlets linked to Erdogan foe Fethullah Gulen by euronews
Barack Obama addressing the Turkish Parliament by The White House
Social Media in Turkey by BBC Have Your Say