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WP: ERDOĞAN IS TRANSFORMING TURKEY INTO A TOTALITARIAN PRISON

American newspaper the Washington Post’s editorial states that Erdoğan is transforming Turkey into ‘a dreary totalitarian prison’. The Washington Post stated that 23 journalists were sentenced to prison for between two and seven years on patently ridiculous charges that they were members of a terrorist organisation and had tweeted about it.

“Erdoğan, the target of a failed coup attempt in July 2016, has embarked on a campaign of repression against perceived enemies in the press, government, academia and law enforcement, among other pillars of Turkish society. More than 60,000 people have been arrested and 150,000 forced from their jobs,” wrote the Washington Post.

It is emphasised that Turkey once had a robust, independent press, but Erdoğan has waged a multi-front campaign: closing media outlets, forcing others into new ownership, and using friendly judges and prosecutors.

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