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Turkish journalists condemn police operation on media

Ozan Kose, AFP | A supporter holds a copy of the Zaman newspaper behind a fence as counter-terror police arrest its editor-in-chief in Istanbul on December 14

The Turkish Journalists Association (TGC) and the Turkey Journalists’ Labor Union (TGS) have released a statement condemning a police operation against the Zaman and Samanyolu media outlets, saying freedom of press is being “punished” in Turkey.

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“Almost 200 journalists were previously held in prison on charges of being a member of a terror organization, violating their right to a fair trial. Journalists are now being detained once again. These developments mean that freedom of the press and opinion are punished in Turkey, which takes its place in the class of countries where the press is not free,” the statement read.

TGC and TGS called on all journalists to “stand in solidarity” until the country reaches a level of press freedom compliant with the European Convention on Human Rights and developed democracies.

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