Portrait of a Turkish Novelist as Prisoner

By AHMET ALTANFEB. 28, 2018 Editors’ note: On Feb. 16, a Turkish court sentenced Ahmet Altan, a novelist and former newspaper editor; his brother, Mehmet Altan, an economics professor and political commentator; Nazli Ilicak, a prominent journalist; and three media employees to life imprisonment without parolefor involvement in the July 15, 2016, coup attempt in Turkey. The Altan brothers had appeared on…

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Freedom House-Freedom in the World 2018-TURKEY Profile

Freedom in the World 2018: Democracy in Crisis https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/freedom-world-2018 Freedom in the World 2018: TURKEY Profile https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2018/turkey Overview: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been the ruling party in Turkey since 2002. After initially passing some liberalizing reforms, the government has shown growing contempt for political…

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