PM Erdogan Moves To Shut Press

The western media is accustomed to cite Turkey and its Muslim leadership as examples of how a nation ruled by a Muslim party can still remain free from the tyranny of clerics. The Justice and Development Party is moving for new legislation which would seriously curb freedom of the press. The Constitutional Conciliation Council is considering new laws which would allow the government to censor the media one grounds of “national security” or “public morals.”

Publications which are found to include material linked to child abuse, sexual orientation or violence might wind up being censored. Of course, the issue is who decides what is “violence.” Certainly, by any criteria reports dealing with violence in Syria surely would be banned from the Turkish media!