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'We Will Never Kneel Before Erdogan' Turkish Zaman Journalist

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Journalists in Turkey will continue to fight for freedom of expression despite the government's crackdown on press freedom, Today's Zaman journalist Emre Soncan told Sputnik.

Despite the police raid on Turkey's best-selling newspaper on Friday, journalists in Turkey are determined to stand up for free speech, Emre Soncan, a journalist for Zaman and the English-language Today's Zaman, told Sputnik.

​"Our main headquarters are in Istanbul and yesterday a Turkish court, which is allegedly under the control of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ordered the seizure of Zaman newspapers, and police forces yesterday raided our headquarters in Istanbul and took over the management of our newspapers."

"Thousands of our readers were outside our building chanting 'free media cannot be silenced,' and unfortunately the Turkish police used water cannon and tear gas, and some of my journalist colleagues were wounded in this police raid."

"Today in Ankara where I am working, we are expecting the same thing, we are expecting the police force to come and take over our newspaper."

"There are no legal grounds, but our constitution is suspended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government, unfortunately. In our constitution it says that the media is free and cannot be censored, but again Erdogan and the government ordered the immediate confiscation of newspapers and TV channels. All the media, unfortunately, is being silenced by the repressive Turkish government."

Soncan said that because the constitution is not in effect and the courts are under the control of the government, opposition journalists are effectively powerless to oppose this crackdown.

"This is the end of democracy, we are very sorry. But as free journalists, and I would like to say this, we will never kneel in front of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and we will still continue to protect free media, free speech and freedom of expression. This is our duty as journalists and free citizens of Turkey."

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  • michael
    for some, to control the media is to tell the story. Today's world of the net and mobile telephones restores the balance.
  • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
    Civil war in a near future between the brainswashed nationalists (understand erdo minion under cia control) and real opposition with a program.
  • copius
    Congrats! Turkey is now officially a communist country. Enjoy your miserable lives in turkey under Adolfo erDOGan. As long as the Turkish people don't revolt you will al be slaves to the butcher and his cronies.
  • ptcjm
    Better to sell out Turkey to the Americans and their Turkish puppets, where one of them Fethullah Gülen lives in exile in USA and has strong connections to this conservative newspaper Zuman and too criticising the government and Erdogan for sekularism.
    en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fethullah_Gülen
  • Is it because I am black?
    High time that all freedom-loving Turks rise against Erdogan!
  • klod.infobeez
    After making ennemies from all the neighbouring countries, mad UnderDogan want ennemies inside the country, too.
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