ANKARA (Sputnik) – The decision to ban Sputnik-Turkey bureau chief Tural Kerimov’s entry into Turkey was made by Turkey’s security organs, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said Wednesday.
“The decision on Russia’s Sputnik agency was made by security organs. [Kerimov] is currently not in Turkey,” Kurtulmuş told journalists in Ankara.
This comes a week after Turkish authorities shut down the agency’s Turkish-language website citing "administrative measures." The shutdown is the most recent episode of the government’s crackdown on media and free speech in the country following the imprisonment of 14 local journalists.