The Turkish government has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons with its heavy-handed crack down on the country’s press. Since the inconclusive elections held in the country last June in which President Recep Tayyib Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, better known as AKP, lost its parliamentary majority, the government has been cracking down very hard on the mass media, which it appears to blame for its political setbacks.
Among the many victims of the crackdown was Ahmet Hakan Coşkun <http://www.todayszaman.com/index/ahmet-hakan-coşkun>, a columnist for Hürriyet, who was assaulted in front of his house on Oct. 1. Coşkun has been receiving threats from pro-government outlets for expressing views critical views of AKP. Other victims of the crackdown have been Cemil Barlas <http://www.todayszaman.com/index/cemil-barlas> and Latif Erdoğan <http://www.todayszaman.com/index/latif-erdoğan>, who were accused of insulting Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) İstanbul deputy Meral Akşener <http://www.todayszaman.com/index/meral-akşener> in a TV show in May. A prosecutor in Istanbul has also launched an investigation into Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief Bülent Keneş. He is accused of “insulting” President Erdoğan <http://www.todayszaman.com/index/recep-tayyip-erdoğan> in 14 recent tweets <http://www.todayszaman.com/index/tweets> that he made.
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