Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey yesterday issued a circular designed to muzzle the media under the pretext of protecting “youth and the family values.”
President says “necessary measures” will be taken against media outlets that endanger “family and common values.”
Erdogan’s Islamist rule systematically assaults media by shutting down critical outlets and by arresting journalists by accusing them of being “terrorists”.
The latest news is that access to the web sites of Yeni Yasam, a Turkish daily newspaper and Xwebun, a Kurdish weekly newspaper, were blocked by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BIK) on January 29.
Turkey currently ranks 153rd out of 180 in the Press Freedom Index 2021 issued by Reporters Without Borders.