Almost 800 Journalists Fired, 156 Detained in Turkey in 2015

© AFP 2022 / ADEM ALTAN Turkish journalists hold banners and shout slogans during a demonstration in support of jailed journalists Can Dundar and Erdem Gul on January 10, 2016 in Ankara during the "Active Journalists'Day"
Turkish journalists hold banners and shout slogans during a demonstration in support of jailed journalists Can Dundar and Erdem Gul on January 10, 2016 in Ankara during the Active Journalists'Day - Sputnik International
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Deputy leader of Turkey's opposition Republican People’s Party, Sezgin Tanrikulu, stated that At least 774 journalists were fired and 156 were detained in Turkey.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — At least 774 journalists were fired and 156 were detained in Turkey during the course of 2015, a deputy leader of Turkey's opposition Republican People’s Party, Sezgin Tanrikulu, said Monday.

People gather to protest the jailing of opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper's editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Ankara representative Erdem Gul, in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 - Sputnik International
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In addition to the dismissals and detentions, 484 legal actions against journalists were taken by judicial authorities, while 200 workers of press and seven media companies were investigated in the country in 2015, Tanrikulu told a news conference, as cited by the local Hurriyet Daily News newspaper.

The opposition politician stressed that Turkish democracy was "bankrupt."

Turkey ranked 149th out of 180 countries in the press freedom index, released by the international non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders in February 2015.

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