The Turkish government’s pre-election media crackdown has been so unpopular, it has created unlikely alliances on the streets
OSCE – Vienna – Oct 28

VIENNA, 28 October 2015 – Police raiding offices of media outlets, detaining journalists, and using tear gas and water cannons, is unacceptable, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović said today. “This

While Human Rights Watch likens Bugün TV and Kanaltürk raids to “Fortress attacks in Medieval”, CPJ said, “it shows that leaders of Turkey don’t have even perfunctory respect left for democracy.”
Economist-journalist Mustafa Sönmez has mapped media ownership in turkey, talked over transformation of media over AKP governorship of 13 years.
Just hours after a trustee panel shut down two television channels belonging to the Koza-İpek Group, dailies Bugün and Millet had their printing halted in the late hours of Oct. 28
A European Commission report on Turkey, held back until after the general election on Nov. 1 accuses Ankara of backsliding on the rule of law, freedom of expression and judicial independence
Washington urges Turkey to respect a vocal opposition and to “live up to its own democratic values,” State Department Spokesperson John Kirby has said, responding to a question on the Oct. 28 seizure of media outlets owned by the Gülen-linked Koza-İpek Group.

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Anchors at two Turkish televisions stations, along with dozens of other journalists, fought to keep their stations on the air on Wednesday as Turkish police raided the headquarters of an opposition media group in the early hours of the morning.

The Turkish police stormed two opposition-linked television stations on Wednesday. They belong to the Koza İpek Holding, which has close ties to the Gülen movement. A court ruling on Monday put the conglomerate under state control. Commentators are concerned to see President Erdoğan resorting to violence and intimidation shortly before the election, but they also believe the government’s tactics will strengthen solidarity among its opponents.

Turkish President Erdoğan has seemingly justified the appointment of a trustee board to manage the Koza-İpek group, 23 companies of which have been seized by a local court as part of a crackdown on followers of the gov’t’s ally-turned-nemesis Gülen.
While Human Rights Watch likens Bugün TV and Kanaltürk raids to “Fortress attacks in Medieval”, CPJ said, “it shows that leaders of Turkey don’t have even perfunctory respect left for democracy.”

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