Another shocking attack on freedom of expression in Turkey


Today, after a 10 hour standoff with police, Bugun TV broadcast in Turkey has been taken off air.

Human Rights in Turkey

Riot police break the main entrance of the İpek Media Group headquarters in İstanbul during the raid on Wednesday. (Photo: Today's Zaman) Riot police break the main entrance of the İpek Media Group headquarters in İstanbul during the raid on Wednesday. (Photo: Today’s Zaman)

Today’s raids on Turkish media outlets are “yet another shocking attack on journalists and freedom of expression in Turkey, and come just four days before a crucial parliamentary election on Sunday,” according to Amnesty International in a statement released today.

The statement highlights the political nature of today’s actions, noting that “the Koza İpek group contains outlets that span television, print and online media, including Millet and Bugün newspapers and the Bugün and Kanaltürk news channels. All are fierce critics of the Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) government.”

Amnesty went on to say that “today’s actions come in…

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