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EU Must Hold Erdogan 'Accountable' for Post-Coup Rights Violations

© AP Photo / Ali UnalSupporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who were staging a protest against a coup, clash with Turkish journalists near the Turkish military headquarters, in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, July 16, 2016
Supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who were staging a protest against a coup, clash with Turkish journalists near the Turkish military headquarters, in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, July 16, 2016 - Sputnik International
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President of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Philippe Leruth said that the European Union must take a stand and hold Turkish President Erdogan accountable for breaching human rights convention and muzzling the press.

Turkish journalists cover their mouths with black ribbons before the trial of Can Dundar, the editor-in-chief of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet and Erdem Gul, the paper's Ankara representative, outside the courthouse in Istanbul, Friday, April 1, 2016. - Sputnik International
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EDINBURGH (Sputnik) — The European Union must hold Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accountable for human rights violations and crackdown on press freedom in the country after the failed coup attempt, President of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Philippe Leruth said in a statement Wednesday.

On July 15, a coup attempt took place in Turkey, which was suppressed the following day. Soon after the attack Turkish authorities started a media purge in the country. On Wednesday, Turkish prosecutors ordered the arrest of another 47 journalists.

"The European union must take a stand and hold President Erdogan accountable for breaching human rights convention and muzzling the press. Global journalists are highly concerned by the escalation of attacks against the press in a country that calls itself a democracy. This situation must end immediately," Leruth said.

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The Turkish authorities have arrested over 13,000 people following the failed coup attempt, 10,000 of those were members of the Turkish military. Over 240 people were killed during the coup attempt and an estimated 2,000 were wounded.

Since the suppression of the coup numerous news websites in Turkey have been shut down at the request of the prime minister's office, on the pretext of endangering national security and public order. The Turkish government reportedly revoked the licenses of 25 media outlets.

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