Nov 08 2015

Turkey’s ‘free’ press

We examine the state of journalism in Erdogan’s Turkey; plus, how to separate fact from fiction when news is breaking.

Last week, fresh elections in Turkey saw the ruling AK party surge back into power. Turks cast their votes for the second time this year after elections in June saw AK party lose their parliamentary majority.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country’s media is the freest in the world. However, a series of high-profile raids into Turkish media groups hostile to the government has seen some of the biggest media crackdowns in the country’s history.

The election results have put the AK party back in power with 49 percent of the vote, so what does that mean for journalism and media freedom in Turkey?