Turkey: ‘Worst country’ for media freedom in 2016

Turkey jailed more journalists than any other country this year. According to the Turkish Journalists’ Association, 148 journalists are currently imprisoned and many media outlets have been shut down.

“In the past journalists were killed in Turkey,” said one journalist, who was not identified, in the Human Rights Watch report on the freedom of press in Turkey. “This government is killing journalism in its entirety.”

According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Turkey was the worst country for media freedom in 2016.

“After two years, Turkey is once again the world’s biggest prison for journalists,” said Erol Önderoglu, RSF representative in Turkey.

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