Sunday, 24 March 2013

Turkey's voting for censors - and banning good journalistic investigations

Turkey's voting for censors | Media | The Observer: "Milliyet published secret minutes of contacts between government emissaries and Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdish terrorist group the PKK. Turkey's PM erupted, as he is wont to do, and put the squeeze on Milliyet. Hasan, pictured, wrote a column defending the story. But the PM carried on erupting. "If this is journalism, down with it!" he cried. Hasan's column was frozen out for two weeks and then blanket-refused for publication. As he said: "I had underlined a fundamental principle of my profession … I argued that journalism and ruling a country are separate issues, and underscored the dividing line that sets them apart. " 'via Blog this'

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