"The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdoğan has waged one of the world’s biggest crackdowns
on press freedom in recent history. Authorities
have imprisoned journalists on a mass scale on terrorism
or anti-state charges, launched thousands of other
criminal prosecutions on charges such as denigrating
Turkishness or influencing court proceedings, and used
pressure tactics to sow self-censorship. Erdoğan has
publicly deprecated journalists, urged media outlets
to discipline or fire critical staff members, and filed
numerous high-profile defamation lawsuits...
In the 27 years CPJ has compiled records on journalists
in prison, only Turkey itself has rivaled the extent of the
current anti-press campaign. In 1996, Turkish authorities
jailed as many as 78 journalists, CPJ research shows.
Today, Turkey’s imprisonments surpass the next mostrepressive
nations, including Iran, Eritrea, and China."