Yavuz Baydar, the veteran journalist, another victim of pressure on media as Turkey now 154th in world press freedom index…

Turkish paper fires readers’ editor after refusing to publish his columns

The veteran Turkish journalist Yavuz Baydar has been fired from the daily newspaper Sabah, where he was its readers’ editor, after two of his columns were rejected for publication.

On the first occasion on 24 June, Baydar wrote a column that criticised the government’s handling of the Gezi Park protests. It was not published.

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