Three Turkish newspapers suspend membership in int’l press body

Three Turkish newspapers, Sabah, Zaman, and Star, have suspended their membership in international media organization the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in protest of the organization’s report on press freedom in Turkey by accusing WAN-IFRA of being one-sided in a report on freedom of the press and consulting only with members of Turkey’s Doğan Media Group when drafting the report. These three newspapers also say their objections to the part of the WAN-IFRA report on press freedom in Turkey were ignored by the report writers. The Turkish government’s pressure on the country’s media was also discussed December 3 in a session of the U.S. House of Representatives Human Rights Commission, with lawmakers expressing concerns about assaults on free speech and freedom of the press.

Turkish media representatives actually presented to the Human Rights Commission a more balanced portrayal of press freedom issues in Turkey than are reflected in the newspaper reports. 

Source: Today’s Zaman & Hurriyet Daily

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