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18.07.2018

End of state of emergency must be end of crack down on journalists, President Erdoğan!

On Wednesday night, 18 July 2018, Turkey's two-year-long state of emergency comes to an end. But there is no relief. There is just ongoing oppression, says ECPMF's Managing Director Lutz Kinkel.

Turkey crack down

On Wednesday night, 18 July 2018, Turkey's two-year-long state of emergency comes to an end. Before his victory in the elections of 24 June 2018, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had pledged not to prolong the emergeny rule. However, his government is set to introduce new anti-terrorism laws that replace the emergency powers.

By lifting the state of emergency Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promises a return to 'normality', but the state of press and media freedom in the country shows, that this is a hoax"

says Lutz Kinkel, Managing Director of the ECPMF. "Journalists still face censorship, harassment and detention. The new laws replacing the state of emergency still make it possible to accuse any critical voice of 'supporting terrorism'. There is no relief. There is just ongoing oppression."

After a violent attempted coup in 2016, Turkey declared a three-month state of emergency that has been extended seven times since then.

For further questions please contact Sophie Albers Ben Chamo





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