As President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visits the U.S., Turkey jails at least six journalists
, including the prominent novelist and journalist Ahmet Altan, who is back in custody less than two weeks after a court ordered his release. In the same week, Congress introduces legislation calling for the U.S. to impose sanctions on Turkey over its human rights record and military incursion into Syria. CPJ provides technical assistance and expertise
on the press freedom record of Turkey--the world's worst jailer
of journalists--for the legislation. Turkey bans critical reports
on its military incursion to Syria in October.
(Photo: AP/ Evan Vucci)
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