There was a time in the life of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan when he was the bad person in town. In those days to be an Islamic fundamentalist was to open the door of prison for thinking or writing about ideas the military did not wish expressed. So, fast forward to these days and who else is in jail but those with views which Erdogan regards as heresy. Kemal Kilicdarogu, head of the Turkish Republican People’s Party blasted the prime minister for his campaign against a free press in Turkey. There are currently 64 journalists in prison and an estimated 123 facing trial for daring to print their version of the truth.
“The Prime Minister has turned the country into a half-open penitentiary and made it impossible to live for journalists. Journalism is a public duty.” Alas in Turkey, it is also a road to prison.