Category: press freedom

“‘Deporting foreigners was a ploy by the government against those who said things that the…”

“‘Deporting foreigners was a ploy by the government against those who said things that the government didn’t like in the ’90s, but which we hadn’t seen since,’ said Andrew Gardner, Turkey researcher at Amnesty International. ‘That these measures are used again is worrying.’”

Ayla Albayrak, The Wall Street Journal 

(re: recent deportation of Today’s Zaman journo Mahir Zeynalov)

“‘My deportation comes weeks after a massive smear campaign against me both on mainstream and…”

“‘My deportation comes weeks after a massive smear campaign against me both on mainstream and social media, many of them vowing that I will be deported,’ he [Mahir Zeynalov] said by email from Azerbaijan. ‘It is definitely a message to foreign journalists and constitutes the start of a troubling trend for foreign journalists accredited in Turkey.’”

Buzzfeed