US calls decision by Turkey to seize Zaman newspaper ’troubling’

US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby. (Photo: Cihan)
US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby. (Photo: Cihan)


Date posted: March 5, 2016

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The US State Department on Friday called the decision by Turkish authorities to seize control of the country’s largest newspaper “troubling.”

“We see this as the latest in a series of troubling judicial and law enforcement actions taken by the Turkish government targeting media outlets and others critical of it,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told a news briefing.

Turkish authorities seized control of the Zaman newspaper on Friday at the request of an İstanbul prosecutor, state-run Anadolu Agency reported, in a widening crackdown against supporters of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen.

Source: Today's Zaman , March 04, 2016


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