Why is Turkey the worlds worst jailer of journalists

Diana Moukalled
Diana Moukalled
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Erdogan did not hesitate to ask editors-in-chief to “discipline” their journalists

Diana Moukalled
It is now clear that Erdogan does not take kindly to criticism and this explains how the increased popularity of a social networking website like Twitter, which the Turkish people use as an alternative medium to voice their opinions.

In fact, Turkey now ranks 11th worldwide in the use of Twitter.

What is more surprising is the stance of the West that stands still while these violations take place, owing probably to its need for a strong ally in the Muslim world.

It is a shame that Turkey would come before countries like Iran, China, Eritrea, and Syria as far as clamping down on press freedom in concerned, a matter that the current leadership cannot take lightly.

*This article was first published in AlSharq AlAwsat on Jan. 3, 2013. Link: https://www.aawsat.com/leader.asp?section=3&issueno=12455&article=711522

(Diana Moukalled is the Web Editor at the Lebanon-based Future Television and was the Production & Programming Manager with at the channel. Previously, she worked there as Editor in Chief, Producer and Presenter of “Bilayan al Mujaradah,” a documentary that covers hot zones in the Arab world and elsewhere, News and war correspondent and Local news correspondent. She currently writes a regular column in AlSharq AlAwsat. She also wrote for Al-Hayat Newspaper and Al-Wasat Magazine, besides producing news bulletins and documentaries for Reuters TV. She can be found on Twitter: @dianamoukalled.)

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