Turkish government revokes 685 press cards

While answering a question on budget talks, Presidential Assistant Fuat Oktay shared the number of press cards revoked by the government. The journalists who had their cards revoked numbers 685, and that is only up to yesterday, with 31 more days to go until the end of the year

Turkish government revokes 685 press cards

It seems the number one enemy of the Turkish government are the independent journalists.

Turkey holds the world’s number one spot for journalists in prison with 118 as of this day.

It was only couple of days ago, on November 28th, 2019 when two journalists from the Mezopotamya News Agency, a news outlet that mostly reports from eastern Turkey, disappeared after their homes were ransacked by the police.  Initially the police denied they were detained, however, coming under scrutiny, two days later they admitted to detaining the reporters.  This follows the arrest of another reporter from the same agency last week.

However, keeping sending journalists to prison seems ineffective in silencing dissent in Turkey.  While answering a question on budget talks, Presidential Assistant Fuat Oktay shared the number of press cards revoked by the government.  The journalists who had their cards revoked numbers 685, and that is only up to yesterday, with 31 more days to go until the end of the year.

The reason, as in any other reason given in silencing opposition, of course, was “national security.”

Sendika.Org News (M.B.)