'Turkey is 'world's biggest prison' for journalists'

By REUTERS
December 19, 2012 16:44

 
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ANKARA - Turkey has more jailed reporters than China, Eritrea, Iran or Syria, making it "the world's biggest prison for journalists," a leading media watchdog said on Wednesday.

The report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) adds to a growing chorus of criticism from Western governments and rights groups of the EU candidate's jailing of journalists, most of whom are kept in pre-trial detention.

Repressive laws, broad and vague legal provisions and a paranoid judiciary were to blame for the high number of arrests, RSF said, and only a complete overhaul of Turkey's anti-terrorism law and other legal articles could change this.

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