US de­nounces lat­est Turk­ish me­dia crack­down

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

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