Sunday, April 3, 2016

Obama Hits Turkey's Loss of Freedom of Press; Turkey's Pres.: Obama Spoke "Behind My Back"

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused U.S. President Barack Obama of going behind his back for criticizing Turkey's press freedom record, and linked it to efforts to "divide" Turkey, the Huffington Post website reports today (April 3, 2016).

Obama said on April 1 -- after meeting with Erdogan in Washington, D.C. -- that he was troubled by curbs on the press in Turkey and said he had urged Erdogan not to repress democratic debate in his country.

Turkey has seized control of opposition newspapers and TV channels, and cut the satellite feed of a pro-Kurdish channel, thus eliminating freedom of the press in the country.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said at least 13 journalists are in jail in Turkey for their coverage, and described a "massive crackdown" that includes self-censorship and harassment of media-business owners.

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