‘Journalism in coma, Erdogan controls everything’: Gulenist freedoms advocate on Ankara’s policies

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Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan. © Adem Altan
Turkish people can’t access objective news, as journalism is oppressed and controlled by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Dr. Y. Alp Aslandogan, who is President of the Alliance for Shared Values and a Board Member of the Gulen Institute, told RT.

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Turkish authorities have recently taken a number of steps aimed at suppressing freedom of the press, from taking over Turkey’s biggest newspaper, Zaman, to banning Russia’s Sputnik news agency.

“In short, journalism is in coma in Turkey. Erdogan’s administration doesn’t seem to tolerate any criticism at all. It is impossible to do real journalism in Turkey right now,”Aslandogan said.

“Any journalist, would they criticize Erdogan, risk…

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