Turkey: Gov’t takeover of critical media group draws international backlash

Ahead of the pending government-led takeover of the Zaman Media Group, international voices have stated their concerns over the impending implementation of trustees to take over the management of Zaman newspaper as issued by the İstanbul Sixth Criminal Court of Peace at the request of the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Read the story on the Today’s Zaman website

The Index on Censorship has launched a petition calling on an İstanbul court to reverse its decision to appoint trustees to Turkey’s largest daily, also urging President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to stop crackdown on free media.

Read the story on the Today’s Zaman website

More on the government-led takeover of the Zaman Media Group:

Zaman employees begin first day of job after takeover under heavy police presence (March 05, 2016)

HRW says Zaman takeover aims to eradicate opposition, calls on Turkish gov’t to reverse it (March 05, 2016)

Turkish police raid Zaman HQs, fire tear gas on readers after gov’t takeover (March 04, 2016)

Main opposition leader says Zaman takeover violation of media freedom (March 04, 2016)

 

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