Zaman Editor: “Turkey is hell for journalists”


Supporters of Fethullah Gulen Movement protest outside of Zaman newspaper as Turkish Police try to get inside in order to take over the control of the newspaper, in Istanbul, Turkey 04 March 2016. 

“As refugee influx continues, I can’t wait for EU to respect values and from now on, I am not going to respect EU politicians when they talk about values”.

The EU’s resistance to make Turkey a Member State, has led to a partial cutback of reforms by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Government, suggested Sevgi Akarcesme, the Editor of “Today’s Zaman” , the english speaking version of Turkish “Zaman” newspaper that was seized by Erdoğan on 4 March 2016.

New Europe spoke with Akarcesme in Brussels, at a press event organized to raise awareness about the lack of press freedom in Turkey. Akarcesme appeared afraid to return to Turkey after the shock of the news...

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