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Media freedom remains major challenge in Turkey

  • Pandaya

    The Jakarta Post

Istanbul   /   Sat, June 16 2012   /  08:49 am

All of the 33 employees of Hedef Halk, a local newspaper in the Black Sea province of Samsun, Turkey, quit after the owner signed a protocol that would stop the newspaper from publishing reports about blackmail, theft, murder, suicide, traffic accidents, rape and sexual abuse. Luckily, the newspaper’s owner, Sabahattin Poyrazoglu, withdrew his signature from the protocol amid the employees’ protest, and the newspaper resumed publication.

The story, published by hurriyetdailynews.com on May 25, highlighted the (self-)censorship still commonly practiced in Turkey, the country that the West likes to refer to as a model of democracy in the Islamic world, especially among the “Arab Spring” countries.

In a recent high-profile case that received international media attention, a Turkish court accused journalist Nedim Sener, an investigative journalist working for the newspa...