WASHINGTON, August 17 (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, an Istanbul court ordered the temporarily closure of Ozgur Gundem on the grounds that the newspaper acts as propaganda machine for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey considers the PKK to be a terrorist organization and has outlawed it.
"This unacceptable measure has dealt a new blow to pluralism and sent a strong intimidating signal to all journalists in Turkey. We call on the authorities to lift the measures taken against Ozgur Gundem," Bihr stated.
Turkey's crackdown on journalists and imposition of restrictions on media freedoms have been condemned by the United States, the European Union and other entities.
Turkey ranks 151st out of 180 countries in the RSF 2016 Press Freedom Index.