Europe’s top human rights institution urged Turkey’s leaders to “urgently change course” and reverse violations of media freedoms and the rule of law, voicing alarm over democracy in the country.
The Council of Europe on Wednesday urged Turkey’s leaders to reverse violations of media freedoms and the rule of law.
“The space for democratic debate in Turkey has shrunk alarmingly following increased judicial harassment of large strata of society, including journalists, members of parliament, academics and ordinary citizens, and government action which has reduced pluralism and led to self-censorship,” said Nils Muižnieks, the organization’s commissioner for human rights, after publishing a report on freedom of expression and media freedom in Turkey.
MUIZNIEKS SAID NEITHER LAST SUMMER’S ATTEMPT COUP NOR TERRORIST THREATS
Since the failed coup last July, around 40,000 people haven been arrested and more than 100,000 have been sacked.