US denounces latest Turkish media crackdown
The United States issued a stern rebuke to Turkey after authorities stepped up their persecution of media outlets critical of the government. State Department spokesperson John Kirby raised the tone after Turkey detained the editor of the newspaper Cumhuriyet and closed 15 other outlets. Mr Kirby called Cumhuriyet “one of Turkey’s most respected newspapers” and criticised Ankara’s ongoing detention of many journalists. Cumhuriyet’s editor Murat Sabuncu was detained and police are hunting for executive board chair Akin Atalay. The paper, which has published revelations embarrassing for the government, said at least a dozen journalists were detained in dawn raids.