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‘If Erdogan wins it will be worse for us’: Turkey’s Kurds fear stronger presidency

28 Feb

Derya Okatan, a leading journalist on Istanbul’s Ozgur (Free) radio station, sensed what was to come when its website was shut down without warning on 28 September last year.The staff prepared for the next possible step and were not surprised when three days later police broke through the broadcaster’s office doors and stormed its studios.”Fourteen staff were beaten up and arrested. The building was officially sealed,” she told a delegation of present and former members of the European parliament and the Council of Europe in Istanbul a few days ago.What particularly angered her was the confiscation of equipment. If the station is allowed to re-open the staff will have to start from scratch.

Source: ‘If Erdogan wins it will be worse for us’: Turkey’s Kurds fear stronger presidency | Middle East Eye

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