Clinton says concerned about media freedom in Turkey

July 16, 2011 13:50

ISTANBUL - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday she was concerned about media freedoms in EU candidate Turkey.

Her comments, on a visit to Istanbul, followed a Council of Europe call this week for Turkey to take urgent measures to uphold freedom of expression and the media.

"If there is an area which I am concerned about with recent actions in Turkey it is this area ... it is the area of freedom of expression and freedom of the media," Clinton told a small televised gathering of young Turks in Istanbul.

"I don't think it is necessary or in Turkey's interest to be cracking down," Clinton said. "It seems to me inconsistent with all the other advances that Turkey has made. As someone looking at it from the outside I don't understand it."

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