March 9, 2016

‘Turkey not committed to media freedom‚’ says Cape Town’s Archbishop

The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town on Wednesday said the “Turkish government's takeover of the opposition Zaman newspaper at the weekend is deplorable”.

“Even before the seizure of Zaman‚ one of the country's leading newspapers‚ the government had a reputation as one of the world's worst when it came to jailing journalists‚” the Most Reverend Thabo Makgoba said.

“It is now clear that it is not committed to media freedom‚ and its recent efforts to influence African journalists and media outlets need to be resisted.”

A Turkish court last week ruled that Zaman must be placed under the management of trustees‚ which was enforced to police on Friday‚ prompting two days of protests.

President Recep Erdogan has been widely criticized for a clampdown on freedom of speech‚ particularly by African journalists following a visit to Bigeria earlier this month.

Published on Times Live, 9 March 2016, Wednesday