The seizure by the Turkish authorities of the main opposition publication country newspaper Zaman will be discussed at a joint meeting with the European Union summit, said European Parliament President Martin Schulz. Sunday partly appointed Manager managed to get the volume under control: the website of the newspaper replaced the plug, the English-language Twitter account was removed, but on paper the newspaper published an op-ed about the participation of President erdoğan in the opening ceremony of the bridge.
“The seizure of the newspaper Zaman is another blow to press freedom in Turkey. I intend to raise this issue on Monday (when the summit starts EU-Turkey)”, – reported in the Sunday Schulz.
According to the AP, the Sunday edition of Zaman has published an op-ed about how President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the ceremony on the occasion of the construction of a bridge in
Yesterday against gathered at the offices of the newspaper of her supporters, the police used tear gas and rubber bullets. During the day, the court-appointed managers tried to establish control over the edition: fired chief editor, has blocked the ability to update the site. The evening took control and the last method of communication is the old version, deleting the Twitter account.
The European external action service in
last Saturday in connection with the events around the newspaper reminded Ankara about the democratic rules that must be followed by a candidate country for accession to the European Union. Any country, and in particular leading negotiations on the accession to the EU must guarantee fundamental rights, including freedom of expression, as well as compliance with legal standards of the European Convention on human
man, said the representative of the diplomatic Department.
A court in Istanbul on 4 March without explanation introduced in the paper external control. A few hours later police launched the searches in the editorial. Representatives of the publication claimed that a state-appointed managers threatened to confiscate the property of the newspaper.
Zaman newspaper with a daily circulation of 650 thousand copies is the most read daily paper in the country. He is credited with proximity to living in the U.S. opposition of the Islamic preacher Fethullah gülen, who is considered a staunch enemy of the current President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The movement “Khizmat” Ankara accuses of terrorist activities and attempts to destabilize the situation in the country.