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Turkey: Media Shut Down, Journalists Detained – State of Emergency Crackdown Accelerates

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By Human Rights Watch:
“JULY 28, 2016 10:36AM EDT
Turkey: Media Shut Down, Journalists Detained
State of Emergency Crackdown Accelerates

(Istanbul) – The Turkish government’s news media shutdown shows how the State of Emergency law is being used to deny the right to free speech beyond any legitimate aim of upholding public order today. The government ordered 131 newspapers, news agencies, publishers, television, and radio stations to close down.

The decree (no. 668) ordering the closures, published in the Official Gazette on July 27, 2016, comes after prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 89 journalists, media workers, and executives over two days. The closures and detentions demonstrate an accelerated campaign against media the government identifies as supportive of the Fethullah Gülen movement, which it blames for the violent coup attempt in Turkey on July 15.

“The government crackdown is on media outlets and journalists it accuses of being linked to the…

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