TURKEY: Dubai Newspaper Raises Questions about Journalistic Freedom

Turkish journalists are incredulous, claiming that they are being treated like terrorists for simply doing their jobs. According to the Khaleej Times Online, a leading English Daily of UAE and the Gulf States, the number of journalists held in Turkish prisons pre-trial has risen from 70 to 97 in less than six months, which has been largely tied to the second print edition of the Tutuklu Gazete, “Jailed Newspaper,” which was printed last week. These journalists have allegedly been accused of having links with Kurdish activists and armed separatist militants who threaten the stability of Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government. It seems that Turkey, known for its diplomacy and for being a model Muslim democracy, falls short in denying these journalists their right to a fair trial.

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