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Turkish journalists now under new pressure

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It was good to see writer Mehmet Altan released two days after the June 24 elections, after spending nearly two years in prison, despite being sentenced to life imprisonment due to his alleged involvement in the July 15, 2016 military coup attempt in Turkey. There are still some 146 journalists, writers and media employees in jails, but his release ignited hopes that perhaps the atmosphere could be calmer after the elections, especially also when political activist Celalettin Can was released on the same day.

But again, on the same day, Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the main ally of President Tayyip Erdoğan in the elections, gave advertisements in the form of expressing his gratitude to 59 journalists for their “efforts to undermine” the MHP. Turkey’s Journalists Association (TGC) denounced the move as a target against journalists and urged the government to take precautions to........

© Hürriyet Daily News