End of Turkish press freedom?

Turkey’s biggest newspaper, Zaman, has published an edition carrying pro-government articles, two days after being taken over by authorities. On Friday, a court ruled that Zaman, previously linked to an opponent of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, should now be run by administrators. Its last edition under old ownership on Saturday said Turkey’s press had seen one of its “darkest days”. Meanwhile, a newspaper set up by former Zaman staff was launched on Sunday. Police raided Zaman’s Istanbul offices late on Friday hours after a court ruling placed it under state control, but managers were still able to get Saturday’s edition to print. No reason was given by the court for the decision. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the takeover was “legal, not political”.


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