Dec 09 2017

Turkey breaks record as 68 journalists tried this week

Turkey set a new record for the suppression of press freedom after its courts tried 68 journalists in a single week, Reporters Without Borders said.

“All 68 are accused of supporting or belonging to a terrorist organization and most of them are also accused of ‘trying to overthrow the government and constitutional order’…Forty-four of them have already spent around 18 months in provisional detention.”

U.S.-based Freedom House, an independent watchdog focused on freedom and democracy, classes Turkey’s media as ‘Not Free’, saying that 145 journalists were jailed and 2,700 forced to resign in 2016.