Freedom of Expression,  Turkey

The utter death of democracy in Turkey

Whatever thin patina of democratic freedom remained in Turkey vanished Saturday when the Erdogan regime forcibly took over the country’s largest (and opposition) newspaper Zaman and turned it into a government propaganda outlet.

The last “free” issue of Zaman was released the day before it was seized. The headline read, “Constitution suspended,” above an excerpt from Turkey’s constitution that forbids seizure of printing houses and press equipment: