Erdogan proclaims Turkey’s press “freest in world” as harassment of journalists intensifies

Human Rights in Turkey

Without even a trace of a smile, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has, in recent days, repeatedly stated that “Turkey has the world’s freest press.” Indeed, he made the same declaration today as, almost simultaneously, Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink was called in for questioning.

The raid on Geerdink’s house was surprising only because she was a foreigner.  Sadly, harassment of journalists viewed as critical of the government has become routine in Turkey.   Only a day before the raid on Geerdink’s home, journalist Sedef Kabaş was again called in for questioning, apparently for tweets that she made regarding the abrupt closure of  a major corruption case against government officials.  Only a couple weeks before that, police raided the homes and…

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