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Hürriyet - Turkey | Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Turkey: End police violence against journalists

Since the start of the protests in Istanbul numerous journalists have been thrown into jail and suffered police beatings and insults. According to the Turkish journalists' union, on Saturday alone thirteen journalists were wounded and two taken into custody. The conservative daily Hürriyet criticises that those in charge are not putting a stop to the police brutality: "The fact that despite all the criticism and initiatives to curb it, police violence actually seems to be on the rise, shows that the police on the streets have not been issued with any serious warnings from their superiors. If no serious disciplinary warning comes from above, the police obviously regard this as a 'green light'. We call upon Interior Minister Muammer Güler to finally do his duty and put a stop to the attacks on the press."

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