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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a speech on Monday expressed his indignation with the New York Times article issued last week criticizing Turkey's repressive political course ahead of the general elections.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — On May 22, the paper published an editorial titled "Dark Clouds Over Turkey," arguing that Erdogan intimidates mass media and accusing him of greed for power.

    "As a newspaper, you [the New York Times] should know your place." 

    He added that the US publication interfered in Turkey's internal affairs and violated freedom of speech.

    Porter Goss speaks on Capitol Hill after receiving a Congressional Distinguished Service Award.
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    A number of cases alleging free speech violations have emerged in Turkey recently. Last week, the Turkish court order the Hurriyet daily to pay a nearly $8,000 fine for insulting the president.

    Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), that came to power in 2002, will stand in the general elections on June 7.

    Last year, Erdogan criticized the New York Times for calling Turkey a "recruitment hub" for the Islamic State jihadist group.

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