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Turkey jails some journalists

Alleging that they were plotting a coup, the government of Turkey has jailed three journalists, according to the Washington Post.  This is one part of a bigger story:

The EU and the Committee of Protect Journalists have accused Turkey of suppressing critical news and commentary on the alleged anti-government conspiracy. About 400 people, including journalists, politicians, academics and retired military officers are on trial accused of being part of the so-called Ergenekon network in a conspiracy to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

Turkey is the most dynamic economy in the Middle East (unless you feel that Turkey is part of Europe, not the Middle East).  It is also the most dynamic democracy (save maybe Israel), so to see the state taking illiberal steps is disheartening.

“Who says media members have legal immunity? Can’t they be prosecuted? Are they exempt from laws, taxes?,” Erdogan said.

In an unrelated note, Cliff sent me this link to share from The Daily Show.  The clip touches on an important theme:  The United States wants democracy in the Middle East, but now that we are getting it, and it is coming at the expense of pro-US autocrats, there is a new anxiety among previous advocates for democratic change.


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