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
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.