Turkish news agency pulls Cairo service over ‘freedom of press’ concerns

Security guards stand outside the headquarters of semi-official Anadolu Agency as a group of journalists and members of the main opposition Republican People's Party, CHP, protest against the censorship in the Turkish media. (File Photo; AP)

Turkish Anadolu Agency Thursday released a statement responding to the recent pullout of their Arabic news service from Cairo, stating limited freedom of press and accreditation difficulties as reasons.

“Stories about the closure of the central office of Anadolu Agency's Middle East-Africa Regional Directorate in Cairo are not true,” Anadolu Agency Directorate General said.

“Anadolu Agency has reduced staff numbers at its office in Cairo due to problems like the recent limitation of independent journalism opportunities in Egypt and the failure of the Egyptian Information Ministry to renew the Agency’s accreditation. Our correspondents have not been granted accreditation at official press meetings and there are security concerns for our staff as well,” the statement said.

“However, our expectation from Egyptian authorities for accreditation continues and in the meantime our office in Cairo will continue its operations. In addition, the central office of the Agency’s Arabic News Service has been moved to Istanbul and some of the personnel from the Cairo office continue their work in Istanbul and Ankara,” the statement added.

Egypt and Turkey suffered a fallout in relations after the military ouster of former Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi, who was backed by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44