Davutoglu defends Turkish record on media freedom

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu defends his country's record on media freedom, following the government's recent takeover of opposition media.

"Nobody can accuse Turkey ... of not having freedom of speech," Davutoglu says in Brussels, arguing that he and his government had no impact on recent court cases relating to the media.

"Freedom of speech is our common value, and there is no doubt that this value has been protected in Turkey and will be protected in Turkey."

EU President Donald Tusk says the bloc "cannot stay indifferent" to recent developments in Turkey, which for decades has sought to join the European Union: "Freedom of press is and continues to be a key condition to be assessed in the accession process, and there is no change to that."

Last update: Tue, 08/03/2016 - 11:42

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