ISTANBUL: A prominent press freedom advocacy group is asking Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to take steps to end what it calls a crisis for journalists in Turkey.
In a letter to Erdogan dated Sept. 16, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists outlines a rash of new concerns. It cites particularly the government's attempts to control the coverage of recent events, including anti-government protests in June.
In a report last year, the group raised concerns about the prosecution and imprisonment of journalists in Turkey. The new letter, signed by CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon, says that since then the Turkish government has engaged in heated anti-press rhetoric. It notes that senior officials, including Erdogan, have accused media organizations of publishing false reports to destabilize the government.