A man collecting rubbish walks past a campaign poster of Turkish Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on August 8, 2014, in Istanbul. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE
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Erdogan lashed out at Zaman, without mentioning her directly by name, at an election rally in the eastern city of Malatya Thursday, calling her a "shameless woman".This is not the first time Erdogan has lashed out at journalists, who have come under increasing pressure in Turkey, which has more reporters behind bars than any other country in the world.Erdogan, a pious Muslim who has led the Islamist-rooted ruling party since 2002, has come under strong criticism from Western politicians and rights groups for his crackdown on the media.The government's attitude toward women is also under heavy scrutiny after Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc caused a furor by suggesting women should not laugh loudly in public.
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