“Both Federations are extremely worried about the ongoing negative trends in Turkey targeting foreign press correspondents… The free access to information in Turkey is seriously blocked which is unacceptable for a country candidate to the EU,” a statement on the IFJ’s website said.
According to the statement, Kerimov is the 10th foreign press correspondent banned from Turkey in the last six months. Each of these cases constituted “grave violations against foreign press correspondents in Turkey or willing to enter the country to report about the situation.”
Turkey's crackdown on journalists and restrictions on freedom of speech were previously criticized by the international community, including the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, Russia and organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Turkey ranks 151th out of 180 countries in the RSF 2016 press freedom index.