ON WEDNESDAY MORNING, Turkish riot police stormed the offices of Koza Ipek Holding, a media group in Istanbul housing the Bugun TV channel and the Bugunand Millet newspapers.
“Dear viewers,” a Bugun TV anchor casually announced during the early morning broadcast, “do not be surprised if you see police in our studio in the upcoming minutes.” Outside, police were leading journalists away in handcuffs, while citizens — many of them journalists who worked in the building — protested the dawn raid as police attempted to disperse the growing crowd with tear gas and water cannons.
Richard Howitt is a Labour MEP for the East of England. He is the Socialists & Democrats group spokesperson on foreign affairs in the European Parliament and a member of the EU-Turkey Joint parliamentary committee.
The EHCR has upheld the right of the Turkish politician Dogu Perincek to deny the Armenian genocide. It’s a bad decision with dangerous implications.
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