— The Erimtan Angle —

‘Raids, arrests, threats and deportation – journalism is becoming increasingly dangerous in Turkey as the government clamps down on the media covering stories it wants ignored. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been accused of a heavy-handed approach with journalists after one of the country’s largest media houses – Dogan Media Group – was investigated for alleged “terrorism propaganda.” The probe came on the heels of the Nokta news magazine being raided and its latest edition being banned; and three journalists from the New York-based Vice News being arrested in Diyarbakir for quote “working for a terrorist organisation”. At a time when entire cities in the southeast – Diyarbakir and Cizre – have been placed under curfew, Erdogan’s latest crackdown has made a military offensive against Kurdish separatists increasingly difficult to cover. Discussing Turkey’s deteriorating state of press freedom are: Idil Engindeniz, a media scholar at Galatasaray University; Bekir Hazar, the host at TV show Yaz Boz; Cevheri Guven, Editor at Nokta magazine; and Murat Bayram, a reporter for Kurdistan 24. Other media stories on our radar this week: journalists keep getting arrested and detained in Thailand; Charlie Hebdo‘s controversial cartoon [supposedly] poking fun at the death of Aylan Kurdi; and the murder of a journalist in Colombia – that was caught on camera. Published on Sep 19, 2015’.

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