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KENNETH ROTH: EUROPEAN LEADERS HAD FAILED TO ADDRESS TURKEY’S CENSORSHIP

Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, said the European Leaders had failed to address Turkey’s increased censorship of the media, human rights organisations and political opposition diligently. Roth spoke to Deutsche Welle and said that  “The judicial system is being used not to protect the rule of law or holding the government accountable, but to get rid of those people who may threaten Erdogan’s authority politically.” The executive director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth also added that  “When I look at Erdoğan government, I see a government that is afraid of its people. If it was a self-confident government, and if there were any validity to the so-called terrorist threat, the Turkish government would embrace the free media. Because the free media could demonstrate the facts. But the way I see it, the Turkish government is doing its best to prevent information reaching the Turkish people, especially in media. Most of the televisions were silenced, the newspapers are actually under the government’s control, and the journalists are in jail. Am I surprised that Erdoğan took this step? No, it’s consistent with what they do up to now. But this shows his insecurity and that he is not entirely discussing based on evidence. Instead, he uses his existing power to oppress any alternative opinions.”

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