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Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Turkey to stop crackdown on press

December 23, 2015, 7:27 UTC+3 NEW YORK
According to the Committee, 17 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey at the moment
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NEW YORK, December 23. /TASS/. The Turkish authorities should end its crackdown on journalists working for pro-Kurdish outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) headquartered in New York said in a statement posted on its official website on Wednesday.

"The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Turkey to end its crackdown on the press," its statement said. "Since the release of CPJ's annual prison census, three journalists working for pro-Kurdish outlets have been arrested in Turkey on terror accusations, according to news reports," the statement went on.

"The Turkish government is never going to overcome its many complex challenges by throwing journalists in jail. Silencing news and opinion will only lead to a dangerous information vacuum," CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said, urging Ankara to set free journalists serving prison terms.

"Tensions are high in southeastern Turkey due to the civil war in neighboring Syria, the refugee crisis, and a resurgence of violence since the collapse of peace talks this summer between Turkish security forces and the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party)," the report said, noting that the authorities were first of all putting pressure on journalists connected with Kurds.

According to the Committee, 17 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey at the moment.

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