Turkey: media, Schulz perceives risk of authoritarianism

EP president met Erdogan and opposition leader Kilicdaroglu

10 April, 11:13

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, APRIL 10 - The President of the European Parliament, the Social-Democrat Martin Schulz held talks with Turkish opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu and said he perceived the risk of an authoritarian drift in the country, the Turkish press reported.

    "Turkey is sliding towards authoritarianism" stated Schulz reported Zaman online.

    The president of the European Parliament travelled to Ankara for a three-day visit and also met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Schulz also called the blocking of social networks carried out by the authorities "inadequate" during an interview with the private tv station Cnn-Turk.

    Twitter, Youtube and Facebook were blocked on Monday in an attempt to force the social networks to remove the picture of a prosecutor kidnapped last week in Istanbul.

    The EP president also said he spoke to Erdogan about freedom of expression and freedom of the press, as well as the general climate media operate in, work conditions for journalists and the contested security law approved by the Ankara parliament.


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